Many people today are under the impression that if they simply eat enough fruits and vegetables, and perhaps even augment that with a supplement, they have done all they can to stay healthy and should be able to sit back and reap the health benefits of a longer and healthier life. While eating fruits and vegetables is a great place to start, it might interest you to know that the old adage of “you are what you eat” is not, strictly speaking, accurate. Rather, it might be more appropriate to say: “you are what you can absorb.”
Consider a few interesting facts:
- About 10 to 30 percent of Americans over the age of 50 suffer from a condition called atrophic gastritis, or a stomach that is suffering from a form of atrophy, which severely restricts nutrient intake.
- Many common over the counter drugs can restrict nutrient intake as well. Did you know acetaminophen (Tylenol) has a negating effect on anti-oxidants in your blood stream? Antibiotics reduce your body’s ability to absorb B vitamins and several other important minerals. Oral contraceptives will lower vitamin E levels in your body.
- Gastrointestinal disorders can have a dramatic effect on what your body can absorb, as different nutrients are absorbed in different areas of the intestine during the digestion process. Infections in your intestine or parasites can reduce nutrient abortion throughout the process. Localized issues can cause imbalanced nutrient absorption.
- Genetic factors also contribute to what your body can absorb. One in three French Canadian women are unable to absorb folic acid because of a genetic defect. That same defect was found to be present in one in seven women in Ireland.
- Over 90% of all Colorado residents suffer from some form of vitamin or mineral deficiency!
Balanced Well-Being Healthcare takes your nutrition seriously, and will work with you to identify your own internal and environmental conditions that determine your ability to supply your body with a balanced and healthy amount of the proper vitamins and minerals. Our nutrition therapist can work with you to find complete health through nutritional counseling.
Nutrients, Supplements, and Habits for Your Specific Body
At Balanced Well-Being Healthcare, we do not prescribe “cookie cutter” remedies. You and your body are unique. All of the attributes that contribute to your health must be accounted for if an actual solution is to be found in obtaining true health and wellness.
The first step and arguably most important is to visit our clinic and have yourself tested. You will see three important benefits immediately upon being given the results:
- You will have the data, or a baseline, from which we can gauge progress in whichever program Balanced Well-Being Healthcare tailors for you. In this way you will be able to quantify the health results we can help you realize beyond “feeling good.”
- You will see exactly where your nutrient levels are in your body currently. This will give us a good idea about whether or not you should be augmenting your diet with supplements or other food choices.
- If you are already eating a well balanced diet or taking some kind of additional supplements, and are otherwise taking in the required nutrients your body requires, any nutrient deficiencies might point to another condition that is preventing your body from functioning to its potential.
To schedule a test with a Balanced Well-Being Healthcare specialist, please contact us at this link today!
Functional Supplement Consultations
Stressful lifestyles, environmental pollution, and disease can contribute to your diet providing insufficient nutrients to keep your body functioning properly. Leading research documents that nutrient deficiencies through consumption of refined foods and a lack of specific nutrients affect every age group. Nutritional supplements may help prevent these deficiencies, thereby reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, intestinal disorders, osteoporosis, and more. At Balanced Well-Being Healthcare, we can tailor a supplement regiment not only designed to overcome the above factors, but tailor a plan that is specifically designed for your body.
So, why should you take nutritional supplements?
Supplementation can help decrease your risk of chronic disease and reduce your long-term health care costs. This is as healthy for your wallet as it is your body.
Supplementation can help meet the higher nutritional needs of your more demanding lifestyle or medical condition. Stresses, medical complications, and energetic living can all create a greater need in your specific body for very specific minerals or vitamins. The Balanced Well-Being Healthcare screening process will help us identify what your body requires beyond blanket statistical recommendations.
Supplementation can help correct deficiencies in the very food you are eating. Chemicals used in farming, depleted soils, refinement, preservatives, and additives all create deep imbalances in our food supply itself. For example, USDA tests shows that in 1950, spinach on average contained 158 milligrams of iron per 100 grams. The average iron content of spinach today is 2.7 milligrams per 100 grams. Spinach just isn’t what it used to be… but this is not an isolated case. Statistics like these run throughout almost every facet of our food supply. Through supplementing your diet, you can make great strides in correcting for these food supply deficiencies. You need a doctor that values the importance of nutrition and acknowledges the inadequacies in our modern American diets.
At Balanced Well-Being Healthcare, we can examine how all of these variables are interacting with your unique body, lifestyle, and environment, and create a supplemental regimen that works for you. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation.