According to the WorldWatch Institute, our food produces 10 to 25 percent less iron, zinc, protein, calcium, vitamin C and other essential nutrients than in previous decades. Although few factors have as great an impact on our health as our diet, most of us only reflect on the nutritional quality of our food when we are faced with a health challenge related to excess weight. Increased awareness and understanding of nutrition is far more effective than making short-lived radical changes.
You are Unique
Your body needs certain nutrients to function, yes, but it may need higher doses to function optimally. Our genes make us unique but they can also leave us vulnerable to needing more of certain nutrients and vitamins. Additionally, medications and how our bodies process medications can lead to a greater demand of certain vitamins and minerals.
Ignoring your body’s needs could be the cause of your current health issues or can lead to more health problems down the road. The top issues that patients with poor nutrition face include: mental health and acuity issues, fatigue and muscle weakness and pain, insomnia, and numerous neurological symptoms.
To attain optimal health, you need to be aware of what your body’s unique needs are. This is how we can help with specialized testing and specialized training in how diet and nutrients affect health; our doctors can optimize your nutrition.
The naturopathic doctors at Southwest Integrative Medicine investigate the overall health of every single patient. Instead of prescribing medications that mask symptoms, they seek to identify the root cause of an ailment and treat it appropriately. Nutrition is a good example of this as many causes of disease and ailments stem from poor or inadequate nutrition. This doesn't always mean you have a bad diet. It could just mean you are not absorbing what you eat or your body requires more. Many other health care practitioners are just not looking at the impact of diet and nutrition on health. This approach allows both the doctor and patient to develop a greater understanding of how lifestyle choices, such as good nutrition, directly affect the patient’s overall health.
There are many treatments that are extremely effective for patients with health concerns related to nutrition. For example, Southwest Integrative Medicine provides vitamin shots as a therapeutic supplement for some patients. Others may require IV nutrient treatments, or a customized meal plan.
If you suspect that some of your health problems stem from a nutritional imbalance or deficiency, the naturopathic doctors at Southwest Integrative Medicine would be glad to guide you with specific things you should do for improvement. Call today to schedule a free consultation with our naturopathic nutrition doctors.