Understanding the Metabolic Profile via Objective Hematology & the Benefit of Whole Food Supplements

The level of nutrition in our society has dropped dramatically in recent years, compared with the diet of our ancestors.  The food Americans eat is devitalized.  Modern technology and a fast-paced world have enabled us to increasingly eat on the run, eat too much, and eat unhealthy foods laden with sugar and fat.  At the same time, Americans do not exercise as much as they used to.  Because of this, the percentage of people who develop serious diseases is increasing annually.

It is well known that a healthy diet improves long-term health.  In fact, it has been shown that a healthy diet will actually allow your body to repair its own genetic material.  However, you may think all you need to do to reverse the trend of bad nutrition and obesity is to make better food choices.  But is that enough or even realistic?  Diet changes alone are not enough because of our hectic lifestyles, daily stress, environmental stress, alcohol consumption, social eating habits, strenuous athletic activities, smoking (second hand smoke), etc.  We live in a toxic environment, eat produce that is grown in soil that lacks nutrients, and eat too much refined and processed foods.  That is why nutritional supplements are not just needed; they are vital to the health of the body.

The type of nutritional supplement that you take is just as important as the food that you eat.  When selecting a supplement it makes sense to go back to the basics and choose vitamins that are made from whole foods (REAL FOOD).  As an example, let’s say that you are looking for a vitamin E supplement.  If you examine the ingredients of a synthetic (MAN-MADE) vitamin E supplement, you will likely see alpha-tocopherol listed as one of the ingredients.  Alpha-tocopherol is just one of the many components of the vitamin E complex.  There are at least five other important nutrients within the naturally occurring vitamin E complex.  They are delta-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, beta-tocopherol, alpha-tocopherol, selenium, xanthine, and lipositols.  If you were to examine a whole food vitamin E supplement, you would see ingredients rich in vitamin E, such as wheat germ oil, listed as ingredients on the label.

Humans were never meant to take in nutrients in a piece-meal, fractionated form, like an isolated vitamin.  Nature makes food in the form of many constituents, most of which have nutritional value.  Humans metabolize 
these nutrients collectively, not one by one.  As a result, whole food nutrients are maximally bioavailable (usable) and bioactive in the body.  Nutrients work synergistically (together) to achieve their biological effects.

Another point to consider is potency.  We often think more is better and try to megadose. However, when choosing supplements, quality is far more important than quantity.  Often, a small amount of a particular vitamin in a whole food form is far more effective in the human body than a large dose of a synthetic vitamin.  Taking more of the synthetic form will not make up for its deficiencies.  This is because the synthetic form is still just a fraction of the whole and is missing important parts that the body needs. 

Simply put, whole food supplements are made from real foods.  A whole food is any food grown and harvested in nature, without refinement.  An orange is an example of a whole food.  It is grown and picked from a tree and contains all the things we need for good health – naturally – occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients (the nutrients in plants that give them their color, taste, and innate resistance to plant disease). 

We carry the absolute best whole food supplements on the market.  The Standard Process company uses the finest organic ingredients.  They utilize multiple patented processes to assure product quality. 

Objective hematology is not intended to diagnose a disease.  The goal is to analyze the metabolic profile of the body and improve that function by a personalized health-improvement plan utilizing designed clinical nutrition.

Designed clinical nutrition is the perfect adjunct to the great natural health care we already provide at the office.  Each cell, tissue, and organ in your body is in the process of replacing itself every day.  The health of each organ is dependent on making the correct nutrients available to upgrade or maintain the health of the body at the cellular level.  Designed clinical nutrition provides the right basic material and the objective hematology tells us what to use to bring about the desired result. 
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