"The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” Yes, Thomas Edison had more than one bright idea!
That being said, I do ultimately feel a well balanced diet with healthy, natural foods should be the long term goal of anyone, to help prevent and overcome any health obstacle. However, supplements are needed in some cases to speed up the recovery.
Many people come to my office after they have been to many doctors and specialists in search of answers to their health problems. A list of common issues presented in our office include anything from chronic heartburn, stomach pains, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea to chronic headaches and migraines.
The importance of working with nutrition (food and supplements) is that the gut is so important for our overall health. The gut is often referred to as the “second brain” due to the many functions it has in the communication between the body and the brain. If the gut isn’t healthy, then the brain will begin to suffer. Also in the gut we have about 80% of our immune system, so it is a must that if anyone wants to reach their full health potential, they need to have a healthy gut!
Often people come into my office with the understanding that if they remove any harmful foods/substances that they should get better, but that's not always the case. It's a good start, but often just removing the food or substance that is harming you isn’t enough. The analogy that I like to use is that of our Missouri roads in the spring—they are laden with potholes! When the cold weather and snow are gone, these gaping holes in the road remain. A crew has to come along to fill in these holes so the road can be smooth again and be restored to its proper function.
Think of your gut/intestines as a road after a rough winter. We want it to be just like a new road, smooth to drive on and with no potholes. When your gut is in bad need of repair, we need to make sure that you don’t have any potholes, and if you do, we need to repair them. It’s not just enough to remove the harmful food/substance, you need to make sure you patch up the potholes left behind by taking certain supplements/nutrients. This then allows for proper gut healing.
When working with people with their nutrition, I find that they see the importance of supplement/vitamins, but they fall into the trap of thinking all supplements are created equal. The old adage, “you get what you pay for” is spot on when dealing with supplements.The most important rule to follow is to make sure the supplement/vitamin is in its natural and bioavailable form. The cheaper supplements are made in a laboratory and can hinder your repair process, or make it worse.
One thing that we do in our office is find out exactly what people need though a blood test that measures what micronutrients are deficient and what specific foods are hindering their gut’s function. This allows for patients to not waste their time or money on things they don’t really need. This, along with a proper health history, can help jumpstart their health in the right direction.
The supplements that I recommend in our office are strictly tested by a third party and are guaranteed to be the best quality on the market. If you or a family member wants to know their vitamin/mineral levels or see what foods are wreaking havoc in their gut, have them contact us. You can go on our website here, to learn more about what we offer. Let’s take care of our gut and get rid of those potholes!