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Nutrition

Nutrition therapy consultation

Diet and life style are important factors in the promotion and maintenance of good health throughout the entire life course.

 

Nutritional therapy combines nutrition with naturopathy (natural drug-free medicine), in order to promote good health and support underlying causes of ill health rather than just treating the symptoms.

 

There is not a “one size fits all” approach, because our individual needs are as varied as our backgrounds. Factors that influence your health and nutritional requirement include age, physical health, lifestyle, genes and most importantly, the environment around you.

Food is a very powerful healer and the body has an amazing ability to repair itself when given the right nutritional tools. The right diet and nutrition can make a huge difference to your health and well-being.

 

My aim is to get to the root cause of the symptoms. I’ll identify any imbalances and deficiencies in diet and life style, then agree on a personalised nutritional protocol.

Consultations can be held in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Initial consultation (face to face or skype)

 

During the initial consultation, I will gather a detailed picture of your health, asking various questions and using non-invasive diagnostic techniques. If necessary, further external biochemical tests will be carried out.

Once areas of imbalance and deficiency have been identified, I will give you a nutritional protocol and will discuss dietary and lifestyle habits that may be contributing to symptoms.

Follow up consultations (face to face or skype)

Follow up consultations are booked in at the end of the initial consultation. They are used to check progress and make adjustments when necessary. If tests were carried on, it will be the time to evaluate results.

 

Testing

 

The root cause of any health complaint is specific to the individual and based on multiple factors such as genetics, diet, lifestyle, toxicity exposure and psychological and physical stress. Functional testing enables us to understand all these factors, so we can treat the problem efficiently and effectively.

Functional tests can pick up disorders that conventional tests miss – because they’re either not sensitive enough or not looking for it.

Some examples of functional tests: toxicity testing, gut tests, DNA tests…

Whole-body goals for good nutrition

Good hydration

 

Good hydration promotes good lymphatic flow, and contributes to the health of the interstitial space or “biologic terrain.”

 

Good gut health

 

Good gut health is attained with the reduction of reactive foods and the reduction of pro-inflammatory foods. Lowering inflammation in the gut reduces many types of metabolic stress.

 

Overall balance and density of nutrients

 

It is important to maintain an overall balance and density of protein, fats, carbohydrates, and minerals including trace elements.

Eat a rainbow a day!

 

Problem-focused nutrition

A patient’s nutritional status should always be one of our considerations when assessing their dental condition. This is especially so when they have trouble recovering from their dental diseases.

 

For example, when they continue to have new tooth decay, or continue to lose ground to periodontal disease, we can often find that there is something about their diet, their sugar exposure, or some specific nutritional deficiency that keeps our normal therapies from working.

We can provide nutritional support for all aspects of dentistry.

 

All aspects of preventing and reversing dental disease require our patients to have good nutritional status. This includes:

 

  • Caries control

  • Resistance to periodontal breakdown

  • Bone healing and wound healing

  • Bone remodelling under orthodontic force

  • Resistance to infection

  • Excretion of toxins, such as mercury

Periodontal disease

 

Good general health, and good general nutrition, including smoking cessation are all important aspects of fighting periodontal disease.

 

Specific nutrients that tend to be lacking in diseased tissue include:

 

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin D

  • Coenzyme Q-10

  • Folic Acid

  • Mineral cofactors, trace elements

  • Acid - Base balance, which controls proper mineral deposition

  • Nitric oxide precursors, which also influence proper mineral deposition

 

 

Dental caries

 

Good general health and good general nutrition for the prevention of dental caries including:

 

  • Recognizing the systemic effect of cariogenic diets that are high in sugar and refined flour.

  • Controlling topical exposure to fermentable carbohydrates by curbing: prolonged sipping, snacking, and grazing habits (e.g., exercising the “twenty minute rule” of bacterial fermentation).

  • Maintaining an Acid - Base balance to control proper mineral deposition.

  • Practicing healthy mineral nutrition and absorption.

  • Including proper amounts of trace elements, such as: iodine, selenium, iron, copper, and manganese.

  • Incorporating proper amounts of vitamins D3 and K2

 

 

Amalgam replacement

 

Many practitioners recommend nutritional preparation prior to amalgam replacement. This becomes even more important for patients fighting illnesses, although some patients are sick because mercury toxicity prevents them from achieving metabolic homeostasis.

Goals for pre-replacement preparation:

 

  • Improve gut health

  • Up-regulate detox systems

 

 

Improve gut health

 

Improve gut health by managing food intolerance and introducing intestinal cleansers such as charcoal, clay, or specific mercury scavengers (Quicksilver IMD) to begin to bring down intestinal inflammation.

 

Note: leaky gut due to inflammation lets quantities of endotoxins into the blood stream, which, combined with mercury exposure, synergistically reduces kidney clearance of mercury.

Up-regulate detox Systems

 

Begin to up-regulate the detox systems by introducing vitamin C and glutathione. Glutathione can be raised by feeding precursors, like N-Acetyl cysteine or d.l-methionine, or directly with liposomal glutathione.

We follow the principles and protocols of the Institute of Functional Medicine to support a metabolic detoxification and reduce the body burden or toxic load of chemicals. The organs of detoxification are the liver, kidneys, large intestine, lymphatic system and sweat glands.

“Scientists estimate that the average adult carries within her or his body at least 700 toxins and that a new-born’s body can contain over 200 toxins”.

The goal of a clinically-directed metabolic detoxification protocol is to provide nutritional support for facilitating the pathways involved in the processing and excretion of toxins."

The Institute of Functional Medicine

 

A whole body focus nutrition will enable the body to heal, excrete toxins and feel healthy.

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