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Why Supplement Brands and Ingredients Matter

The month of March is known as National Nutrition Month it is only fitting that we talk about isolated and synthetic vs. whole food nutrients. Vitamins and mineral supplements have generally had a “healthy” reputation, in regards to our diet. However, in past centuries, people were able to stay healthy without supplements because they generally ate a healthier diet than we do today and, therefore, less prone to the degenerative diseases.

Today we are faced with increasing amounts of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer. It is now becoming increasingly difficult without supplements. If we take this a step further we can also notice that in the past, foods were grown on small farms in mineral-rich soils. However, today, foods are grown in mineral- deficient soils on “factory farms” where the main goal is to produce high “quantity” rather than high “quality” food. Over the years modern technology has advanced immensely that we can now isolate the vitamins and minerals our modern day diets are lacking.

The question now is, “Is this sufficient to promote optimum health and is this an improvement on what our ancestors did?”

History tells us that when European travelers were crossing the Atlantic Ocean in route to the New World they discovered if they drank fresh lime-juice they did not get scurvy (a Vitamin C deficiency resulting in bleeding gums, weakness and joint pain etc). It wasn’t until the 20th century that scientists finally isolated the beneficial component in citrus fruits as Vitamin C. What we fail to realize is by taking isolated Vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid it’s only a temporary fix. As soon as the ascorbic acid is discontinued, the symptoms and disease return. On the other hand if one takes Vitamin C made from an extract of whole green peppers not only do the symptoms disappear and the scurvy is gone when discontinued.

Although technology has been very beneficial in helping us understand the way food and nutrients work, we can now see that isolating and concentrating single nutrients does not have the same effect as using the whole food.  When selecting vitamins and supplements, be sure to read the label and look for whole food ingredients. If no foods are listed, then that product may be isolated chemicals and may not provide you with any health benefits. In fact, synthetic vitamin products may actually be harmful and cause health issues in the long run. Eating a diet rich in real, unprocessed whole foods is the best way to ensure you are getting proper nutrition. Added to that, supplementing natural whole food vitamins and minerals can enhance overall nutritional status.

In our practice, we utilize whole food organic supplements. We emphasize a diet rich in whole foods and help patients to return to a more natural way of eating.  For more information, feel free to give us a call and schedule a free consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors.

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Detox the Natural Way

Your body is very much like a sponge, soaking up bits and pieces of just about everything it is exposed to and in our modern world, our bodies are exposed to a lot. From air pollution and food additives to pollutants in our drinking water, homes and even personal care products, the truth is that your body is literally bombarded with toxins on a daily basis. No matter how “clean” a life you lead, healthy eating, exercise, regular stress relief, your body is likely to show evidence of accumulated toxicity. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals and found that on the average 212 chemicals in people’s blood or urine. Seventy-five of which had never been measured in the U.S. population previously. To name a few, acrylamide – which is formed when foods are baked or fried at high temperatures, arsenic, environmental phenols which are found in things like plastic or food packaging,

Triclosan which is found in antibacterial agents, in toothpaste and hand soap, or volatile organic compounds – found in paints, air fresheners, cleaning products, cosmetics, and much more. Environmental chemicals and pollutants are now virtually everywhere. For example, the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies contains an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants. Together, these chemicals represent the “human body burden” which is a toxic cocktail of chemicals and pollutants that accumulate in your body over a lifetime and, in time, can take a serious toll on your health.

Why is Detoxing Regularly Important?

Many people now eat a diet of largely processed foods, high in sugar and unhealthy fats. Alcohol, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners add to the toxic burden. A detox can help your body to rid itself of some of these toxins, naturally, while also giving your body a chance to rest, repair and regroup. Detoxification has been practiced for centuries, used to improve skin problems, ease digestion and pain, and boost energy levels while promoting the body’s own inherent healing potential. Both your liver and your kidneys (along with your blood, bowel, lymphatic system and skin) help your body process and eliminate chemicals in your sweat, urine and feces.

Detoxing can help to support and enhance this natural process. Your liver has an incredibly important job, especially when it comes to detoxification. You can help your liver by making sure your diet includes foods and nutrients such as B-vitamins, flavonoids – found in organic fruits and vegetables, foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E, or phospholipids which are found in eggs, lean meats and fish. Lastly, eating a high quality, whole foods diet that includes a healthy source of protein, fruits and veggies and antioxidants will be beneficial for your liver.

Naturopathic treatment for detoxification can be incredibly effective and rewarding. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about detoxing the natural way we can help, call The Lifestyle Clinic today to schedule your free phone consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors! If you’re looking for a natural and holistic clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, you’ve found the right place!

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The Benefits of Detoxification

Do you wonder if detoxification would benefit you? The answer is yes!

Aside from the toxins we ingest willingly, such as alcohol, processed foods and chemicals, there are many toxins in our everyday environment that are hard to avoid. Pollution in the air, water and food supply have powerful effects on the body and the mind, weakening our body’s defenses and making us more susceptible to disease and stress. When these external sources of toxicity overpower the body’s internal defenses, the liver’s ability to cleanse the blood slows down due to the overwhelming accumulation of toxins.

These excess toxins now build up in other parts of the body, slowing the natural cleansing process to a crawl. The result can be experienced as fatigue, pain, brain fog, confusion, loss of memory and even disease. The best way to achieve a successful detoxification is to have proper guidance from a healthcare professional and to make a strong commitment to healthy lifestyle changes. Detoxification is a key body function involving the elimination of metabolic waste and other toxins via the eliminatory organs- the skin, intestines, kidneys and especially the liver. Detoxification and purification programs have played a part of man’s rituals for health and well-being as far back as 1800 BC.

What are the signs you may need to detox?

There are many indications that your liver has become “sluggish” such as intolerance of alcohol and/or fatty foods, digestive problems like constipation, nausea, hemorrhoids & bloating, low energy, headaches, irritability, skin conditions, aches and pains, P.M.S, high cholesterol, food intolerances and more. For instance, improving liver function helps to manage weight as the body will hold onto liquids as water retention or hold onto fat to store excess toxins it can’t deal with. Hormonal problems like, blood sugar regulation issues, P.M.S, hot flashes, PCOS or infertility can occur as the liver is not able to break down hormones efficiently and leads to an imbalance or accumulation of estrogen. Any organ or system of the body will be left vulnerable to toxicity, if the liver is not able to break down toxins efficiently.

We can help!

If you are interested in improving your overall health by detoxifying your body and making lasting changes, The Lifestyle Clinic offers an all-natural, medically supervised option. This program has been used extensively to help people regain their health and vitality. In just a few weeks you can expect to have improved nutrition, increased energy, decreased weight and food cravings and an overall healthier body.

Call The Lifestyle Clinic today to schedule your free phone consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors! If you’re looking for a natural and holistic clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, you’ve found the right place!