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Nutritional Support

It is essential that the body have good fuel to be able to function at maximum efficiency, create abundant energy for your daily activities, and develop a reserve for healing in times of stress. We look at your dietary macronutrient intake such as proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, and develop dietary and lifestyle recommendations to help you achieve your goals.

It is important to choose foods that are easily digested and efficiently converted into energy. It is also important that your diet consists of foods that do not produce residues that can stimulate inflammation and contribute to the development of disease.

Low glycemic load is a term that measures the quality of our food. We teach people how to find economical foods that have low impact on insulin levels, lower blood fats, and decrease the amount of calories that can be stored as fat tissue.

Focused diets such as "The Anti-Inflammatory Diet" are a great teaching tool that can be used to help you make better food choices. Over time it can help to decrease inflammation in the body and help reduce the symptoms associated with diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease.

Certain foods that have high anti-oxidant and high anti-inflammatory properties can also be added to the diet to decrease the risk of developing certain types of cancers. Food recommendations are given that incorporate these healthy food choice principles so you can learn how to create wonderful and nutritious meals for you and your family.

Nutritional supplements are also an essential component along with a healthy diet to enhance, or replenish long-term dietary deficits in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. We recommend a high quality fish oil for its anti-inflammatory, and cholesterol lowering properties. A good multivitamin is also helpful for those not eating a balanced diet due to hectic schedules. B-Complex Vitamins, probiotics, vitamin D3, Co-Q 10, and joint supplementation such as MSM/glucosamine, ginger, and turmeric, are all examples of helpful nutraceutical preparations.

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