Friday, December 26, 2014

ACN Nutrition Part 2

With current banking woes and financial instability, Americans need to begin investing in themselves. All the money in the world is useless without one’s health to enjoy it. Sometimes paying out of pocket to get additional preventive health services that are only partially covered by insurance is worth the investment.

"Health is wealth" is a great motto by which to live. Many complementary medical items and services need to be reintroduced into every day life so that you can "live younger". Supplements, vitamins, osteopathic doctors, prolotherapists (people who practice prolotherapy, use an injection technique that stimulates growth of cells and tissue that in turn stabilize and strengthen weakened joints, cartilage, ligaments and tendons), chiropractors, and preventive- aging doctors are often only partially covered by your current insurance. There is no better time to put increased importance on your health through prevention than now. In the larger picture of things, your mind, body, and spirit are the only "sure bet" investment. It’s worth paying out of pocket so that you may optimize your health.

A health care facility should evaluate the toxins in your body so that the doctor can give you advice as to how and what to eliminate from your environment or foods. This personalized medical aspect is an evaluation that is typically underemphasized given our home and workplace exposure to potentially harmful chemicals everyday in our food, air, and water. Your health care facility should know how to use natural tonics, supplements, and foods to purify your body and blood of these harmful toxins. This will help to reduce a dangerous killer called "silent inflammation" as your body wages war at a microscopic cellular level against these agents of disease. These toxins can increase your risk for heart attack, stroke, cancer, and autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.) as they potentially cause silent inflammation that you do not feel until it is too late. A health care facility should know how some important health markers including blood and urine pH should be tested and evaluated. It is vitally important to choose a preventive-aging physician to recognize how manipulating these basic perimeters subtly through diet and exercise can optimize your mood, energy, and health.

One of the greatest toxin reservoirs in the body is the stored residue in your colon. This is the last stop in your digestive system, and the undigested pieces of food and waste sometimes are not eliminated properly. This waste can build up like a clogged pipe in your kitchen sink. The western diet of Americans is filled with foods that slowly clog the pipes of our colons, causing decay, which then leads to silent inflammation. This can impact your overall health and lead to premature disease. Colon cleansing via fasting dates back centuries to our ancestor’s religious and cultural rituals to rid the body of impurities. This has slowly been de-emphasized in our current society, and thus we have lost all the medical benefits associated with this ritual. You should choose a health facility that uses this approach to re-vitalize your colon. Various modified fasts including raw diets and juice-fasts can be individualized so that each person gets a customized way to improve their digestive health.

Call 703-729-5600 to learn how the staff at ACN Wellness can help you integrate a nutrition management program into your overall wellness plan.

Monday, December 22, 2014

ACN Nutrition Part 1

Nutrition plays a vital, but often overlooked, role in promoting overall health. What we put into our bodies determines what we can get out of them for a lifetime. At ACN Wellness, we understand the role of nutrition and are committed to sharing this knowledge with our patients.

Nutrition is about understanding the role of balance in one’s life. Rather than taking extreme approaches to nutrition, we at ACN Wellness emphasize the importance of moderation and education. By showing people what a balanced nutritional approach involves and then comparing it with what they actually eat, we can give people the knowledge they need to eat properly. By maintaining a balance with one’s eating habits, you can enjoy a healthy outlook regarding food without thinking of it in terms of reward and punishment. Taking a more measured approach to nutrition will give you an important tool in staying healthy and happy, not just for the short term, but for a lifetime.

With Americans paying over $20 billion annually on nutritional supplements and vitamins, it is important to choose a physician who has had additional education and training about which nutritional supplements have been proven scientifically to be of benefit versus the ones that Americans are wasting their money on. Medical doctors are so busy in their practices caring for all the needs of their patients, they have little time to keep up with the latest news about all the breakthroughs in nutritional supplements and vitamins. The FDA does not test or guarantee nutritional supplement content and thus, Americans are left to figure that out on their own. All supplements and vitamins are not created equally.

Prevent disease before it happens and rewind your biological clock with proper nutrition, exercise, and bio-identical hormone optimization (the replacement of declining hormones via natural materials). Hormone replacement is not designed to increase lifespan, but is intended to improve health span. It is a therapy known to all medical physicians. However, only a select few have taken additional training to enlighten themselves about hormone optimization to gain preventive-aging benefits. These include improved energy, physical performance, complexion, immune function, sexual vitality, mental sharpness, blood pressure, cholesterol, bone density, body composition, and strength to name a few.

For additional information on nutritional counseling, supplements or hormone optimization, please contact the front desk.