Nutrition and Cleansing

Beautiful basket of vegetables and fruitsProper nutrition is a cornerstone of good health. Improper nutrition can be disastrous. The body is a complex organism that has long list of nutritional needs in order to function at optimum level. One important vitamin, mineral or other macro or micro nutrient missing can make the difference between good health and poor health. Fortunately our bodies are greatly adaptable so that we ‘can’ get away with junk food, fast food and otherwise nutrient-deficient foods. But this can not last very long. Eventually you have to pay for it. The best pro-health option is to eat nutrient-dense foods, full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients and avoid nutrient-deficient foods with empty calories.

It is also very important to make sure you are not eating foods that cause a negative reaction, gross or subtle, in your body. A case in point was a patient who came in complaining of daily headache for the past 30 years. She received no help from countless clinics, both medical and holistic, including Mayo Clinic. Dr. Martin Orimenko tested her for food sensitivities and ‘dysbiosis’ (imbalance of micro-organisms in the body) and found her positive for fungal infection (systemic yeast) and dairy sensitivity. No one had ever suggested either of those, and dairy foods didn’t ‘seem’ to bother her. She stopped dairy that day and began her fungal cleanse. Her headache resolved within a week and never came back.

Different diets work better for different people. Dr. Martin puts some people on ‘ayurvedic’ diets, some people on the blood-type diet, some people on gluten-free, or solanine (nightshade vegetable) free diets, and others on the metabolic-type diet. The diet that best serves an individual is determined from many factors including their health history, family history, constitution-type, metabolic-type and list of ailments. Generally an organic, plant-based, whole foods diet is very healthy, but there are individuals that need animal foods to function at their best. Nutrition is a big topic but there are basic rules that always apply, specific diets that work best for a given individual, and imbalances that occur that require abstinence from specific foods.

Cleansing is a vital component of good health. The need for cleansing arises from the fact that we accumulate toxins, both from environmental pollutants we take in as well as eating improperly. There is basic cleansing such as colon, liver and blood cleansing and more specific cleansing such as ‘candida’ (yeast) and parasite cleansing. Fasting is also a wonderful cleansing tool for renewing the body. And what serves the body serves the mind and spirit as well. Keeping cleansed and nutritionally balanced can make or break your energy, clarity, mood, immune response, hormone balance and overall health.

Here at Live Well Holistic Health Center, Dr. Martin Orimenko tests for food sensitivities, environmental sensitivities, toxic load and dysbiosis, and determines constitution and metabolic type, to get patients on the best program for their individual health and vitality.

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