About Clinical Nutrition

What Is Clinical Nutrition?

clinical-nutritionClinical nutrition is the study of the how the body naturally processes food in order for the body to stay healthy. More specifically, clinical nutrition is the methodical study of nutrients and how the body digests, absorbs, transports, metabolizes, stores, and eliminates them.  Naturopathic Doctors also research how the environment affects the quality and safety of foods, and influences have an impact on the body’s overall health and well-being in the use of nutrients and foods to treat disease.

With thousands of nutritional supplements available, determining which ones are best for you can be quite overwhelming. Not only is it a question of what supplements to take, but also knowing how to identify which product is the safest and most effective. It can be easy to get sucked into cheap prices of some supplements. This has led some to seek the best value–not the best quality. It is important to look at the nutrient form, dosage level, reputable manufactures, price, seals of approval, expiration dates, and label red flags when choosing supplements that are best for you.

High Quality Nutraceuticals (supplements)

The professional product lines at Champion Naturopathic Health represent a commitment to quality, research, and product development. Because of their advanced formulation, professional-grade supplements should be recommended by a licensed or certified healthcare professional.

At Champion Naturopathic Health, we personally take the time to listen and understand each patient’s health concerns and unique body chemistry. We develop a customized nutritional program tailored to your needs in order to restore health and promote long-term wellness.

Stop by our office or give us a call today for personalized supplement recommendations.

Nutrients

In order for the body to stay healthy and grow, it needs nutrients. In fact, the body needs more than 45 nutrients to aid in the creation of tissues, cell growth, and more. Other nutrients are needed to help break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats into energy. Without proper intake of nutrients, your body will not be able to work properly.

Nutritional Supplementation

Nearly half of Americans take at least one or more dietary supplements daily. Nutritional supplements (also known as dietary supplements) include vitamins, minerals, herbs, meal supplements, sports nutrition products, natural food supplements, and other substances that aid the nutritional content of your diet. When paired with a healthy diet, nutritional supplementation is a great way to boost your daily vitamin and mineral intake. For example, adults around the age of 50 or older might not be getting enough vitamin B-12 in their diets and might need the help of a supplement.  Nutritional supplements come in many different shapes and forms which include traditional tablets, capsules, powders, drinks/shakes, and bars. Vitamins D and E, calcium, and iron are very common supplements taken daily by adults.

Herbal/Botanical Medicine

The use of botanical and herbal medicine has been practiced for thousands of years. Botanical Medicine contains plants that are used to treat or prevent various disease or illnesses. People use botanicals almost the same way they would use a prescription pharmaceutical or over-the-counter medicines that their doctor would prescribe to help fight off disease. In short, herbal/botanical medicine is the natural approach to help prevent disease and maintain health and well-being. Every year, evidence-based research is growing in popularity and supports the use of various botanicals. A recent study compared the effectiveness and quality of clinical trials using herbal/botanical medicines to clinical trials using conventional medicines. The results came to a remarkable conclusion that the method and quality of herbal medicines were on average greater than the use of conventional medicines (Nartley et al., 2007). Botanicals have been commonly used for the following health conditions:

  • Cardiovascular and circulatory health
  • Digestive and liver health
  • Endocrine and hormonal health
  • Kidney health
  • Reproductive health
  • Immune health
  • Skin, muscular, and skeletal health
  • Neurological, psychological, and behavioral health
  • Metabolic and nutritional health
  • Respiratory and pulmonary heath

To learn more about which nutritional supplements and herbal/botanical are right for you and how they can help your overall wellness, call our office today to make an appointment for a complete evaluation.