Nutritional Medicine

Nutritional Medicine is a fast evolving area of complementary healthcare which involves the study and practise of the use of nutritional supplements to augment our diet in order to achieve improvements to health and well being. Our food is made up of vitamins and minerals (known as micronutrients) as well as proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

It is now well understood that many illnesses and degenerative diseases are largely caused by inadequacies in our diet. Despite having a wider variety and choice of foods available today as a nation we are getting sicker.

Government agencies throughout the world have attempted to lay down minimum requirements in order to avoid deficiencies. These levels however are an attempt to prevent deficiency. Vitamin C is a classic example. The minimum level is set at 58mg whereas in order to provide optimal health the dosage required is 500mg. When higher demands are made on the body in the case of sport, stress, illness or exposure to a toxic environment, then additional requirements are needed.

It is now well understood that our environment as well as our activities cause free radical damage. Free radicals are unpaired electrons which are unstable and cause damage to tissue. Our immune system is constantly scanning the body for free radicals and in effect ‘mopping them up’ and preventing them from causing further damage to the system.

Our diet needs a plentiful supply of nutrients to the immune system in the form of antioxidants.

These antioxidants take the form of vitamins, minerals, flavanoids, enzymes, in fact a whole range of nutritional requirements which all work synergistically together to build a protective shield against free radical damage.

Many people consider their diet to be healthy and balanced and still may be deficient and may not feel the effects of deficiency until much later in their lives.

One cause of this deficiency may be due to our soil becoming slowly demineralised as a result of intensive farming practises over the years. In addition our food may be irradiated and refrigerated sometimes for several months before it appears on the shelves and so may have lost its vitamin content.

In the UK we are told to eat 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day. In Australia it is 11! With such conflicting information about it is hard to know what to do.

Nutritional medicine addresses this confusion by laying down a core set of nutritional guidelines. Assessment is made by consultation and if required a set of tests undertaken by a laboratory in London that specialises in Nutritional and Functional Medicine. Once the problem, or deficiency is isolated, guidance is provided on dietary and supplementation in order to correct matters.

Conditions that benefit from Nutritional Medicine include:

  • Circulatory conditions
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Skin disorders
  • Digestive problems including Gall Bladder pain
  • Muscle cramps, pain
  • Circulatory conditions

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