Power of Nutrition
Many of today’s most challenging, costly and debilitating chronic disease conditions – including heart disease, Type II diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, digestive and autoimmune disorders as well as many types of cancers – have been demonstrably linked to suboptimal nutrition.
Optimal nutrition creates a foundation all the way down at the cellular level for a strong and healthy body. Through understanding the relationship between our external environment (i.e. the food we ingest) and our internal environment (cellular function fueled by nutrient absorption) we are able to achieve the complete, balanced nutrition essential to ensuring the harmonious system functioning that is at the core of what we think of as good health.
At the Angles Functional Oncology Treatment Center we use nutrition as our first line of therapeutic defense. Our program recognizes that restoring nutritive balance is the essential first step to promote healing in a body that is stressed by the burden of invasive chronic illness.
In most westernized societies, modern food production, processing and transport technologies as well as lifestyle have combined to create an environment in which convenience and preservation have largely replaced nutritional content as the dominant selection criteria driving food choices. The unintended consequence has been a negatively charged version of “We are what we eat”; without a doubt, this modernization of our food supply chain has resulted in critical nutritional deficits that at minimum prevent optimum health, and may promote or even accelerate disease progress.
Your treatment program approaches nutrition from a healing perspective, approaching food as medicine. As a patient you will be “prescribed” with a nutrition plan based on your unique needs, with special attention to identifying and addressing deficiencies, higher nutritional needs, and allergies.
The Cellular Nutrition step is broken down into sub stages:
Your diet plan is crafted by the clinical nutritionist and subject to a review, refinement and input by the medical team. A process that flows through the clinical nutritionist to the kitchen and our trained chefs. This is modified throughout your stay based on your likes and needs. The end product is a customized nutrition plan that is the starting point for healing.
Your food plan will be rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, probiotics, high quality protein, high fiber, and low glycemic-index carbohydrates, all of which provide the essential factors for a healthy gastrointestinal system function and act to “kick start” the liver detoxification process that will reduce your toxic load.
During disease and sickness, chronic inflammation can create an acidic state at the cellular level and thus creating more cellular waste. Your program diet will promote alkalization as well as anti-inflammation, creating an internal environment optimized to fight and overcome disease.
Hypo allergenic diet plan
Each patient diet will be free of known common dietary allergens such as gluten and dairy, and is designed to promote immune tolerance.
There are numerous clinical and scientific studies supporting the very low and in some cases even the absence of good quality nutrients in our diet today. Nutritional experts and medical professionals have long determined that a healthy diet include a supplementation regime, however for optimal effectiveness it is essential to move beyond an over-the-counter approach.
At Angeles your supplementation regimen utilizes only pharmaceutical grade supplements and is designed by a team of medical professionals.
Because chronic disease conditions crate a particularly challenging environment for satisfying a patient’s daily nutritional needs through food alone, professionally crafted and supervised supplementation prescription is often essential. Not all supplements are good for everybody, based on your medical history, lab work and specific medical tests, your Functional Medicine team will craft a supplement regimen optimized for your specific health needs and challenges. Your supplementation plan will be continually reviewed and modified as your body moves towards repair, balance and health.
Amino acid IV therapy
Amino acids are the molecules that constitute the building blocks of proteins. Amino acids are essential to many functions, including metabolic balance, the transport and mobilization of waste, energy production, cellular signaling, cellular communication, and immune support and activation.
During treatment, patients can receive a medically balanced formulation of essentials and complementary amino acids administered via IV; this treatment modality ensures all amino acids enter the directly into the blood system without impairment form gut absorption due to the presence of disease and/or medicine intake.
Essential fatty acid IV therapy
The increased commoditization of food in western cultures has resulted in the unfortunate embrace of marketing-driven dietary tropes, for example, the idea that the reduction or elimination of all dietary fat is ‘healthy’. As a result, the market is flooded with low- and no-fat products that are erroneously believed to be healthy simply by virtue of their reduced fat content. The flaw in this oversimplified approach to healthy eating is the assumption that all dietary fat is equally bad, when in fact, many fats are actual essential for good health.
Healthy fats serve an important role, acting as building blocks of the cellular membranes, as well forming an important part of the nerve cell by aiding in the propagation of nervous conduction or stimuli. In fact, your brain is largely comprised of fats.
If indicated, your treatment program is designed to support and enhance these vital functions through the inclusion of essential fatty acids, which are administered via IV therapy.
Through this unique process, the Cellular Nutrition Step will restore optimal cellular health and prepare your body for the next step in the Functional Medicine oncology program.
For more information about Cellular health or how functional medicine could help you, contact us today.