Orthomolecular nutrition in the Canary Islands
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Orthomolecular Nutrition in Clínica ICA
Food is something fundamental in our lives, since food provides us with essential nutrients to guarantee all the functions of our organism and provides us with energy.
However, a good diet can also help us to prevent a large number of illnesses, just as a poor diet can cause them.
In recent years, a new stream of medicine based on integrative therapy has become very popular in the world of health. Thousands of doctors have come to understand that what we eat plays a fundamental role in our well-being.
In 1957, Nobel prize winner in chemistry, Linus Pauling, worked on the idea of restoring health affected by chronic and complex disorders using biochemistry, supplying the patient with essential nutrients of natural origin.
This is why orthomolecular medicine has become of increasing interest to more and more people, as a method of treating or preventing a wide range of illnesses.
At Clínica ICA we are specialists in orthomolecular medicine and we would be delighted to welcome you to come and learn about a new therapy and a new way of eating that will change your life completely.
What is orthomolecular nutrition?
Orthomolecular medicine is a type of medicine based on maintaining and improving our health using nutritional supplements. This is explained through the idea that most of the diseases we have are partly a reflection of the deficiencies we have in our diet.
Orthomolecular medicine knows that what we eat and especially what we don't eat is the basis of our health. That is why we try to fix all those little biochemical imbalances by using micronutrients such as vitamins, proteins, minerals or healthy fats.
The doses used for supplementation in orthomolecular medicine are controlled by professionals so that they are adjusted to the individual needs of each patient.
In this way, we use only and exclusively essential nutrients to achieve a new balance in our body that helps us to cope better with the disease and subsequently to fight it.
How this treatment is carried out in the Clínica ICA
The first step is to carry out a complete study of our health, the illnesses we have and, above all, the nutritional deficiencies we have.
To do this, we carry out a blood analysis and a physiological and biological study that will reveal any nutritional deficiencies we may have.
In general terms, with orthomolecular medicine we pursue three objectives:
- To achieve adequate nutrition in our patients
- To eliminate possible intoxications caused by nutritional deficiencies
- To improve our overall lifestyle habits
One thing we must be clear about at all times is that orthomolecular nutrition does not replace a complete and balanced diet, but is a supplement for all those nutrients that we cannot obtain in sufficient quantities through our diet.
What does orthomolecular nutrition use?
As we have already mentioned, orthomolecular nutrition is based on essential supplements for our organism to make up for the deficiencies we have at a metabolic level, as these deficiencies are the ones that can lead to various pathologies.
- Vitamins are essential in orthomolecular supplementation, as they guarantee the correct functioning of our organism (vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K).
- Trace elements and minerals are also necessary for our body to function and for proper blood flow and blood pressure.
- Amino acids include essential amino acids, which our body is unable to synthesise, such as leucine, threonine, valine and tryptophan.
- Our body needs a daily supply of healthy fats such as omega-6 and omega-3.
- Finally, enzymes, which are usually proteins, have the function of regulating our body's metabolic processes.
Which diseases can we treat?
Orthomolecular medicine is a perfect tool for the effective treatment of a large number of diseases, by compensating our metabolic deficiencies. We can combat autoimmune, degenerative, endocrinological, psychological and even cardiovascular diseases.
Some of the best known diseases that most affect our body, which orthomolecular medicine treats with excellent results are:
- Irritable colon
- Parkinson's disease
All these diseases offer an optimal response when orthomolecular therapy is applied. Most of them are directly associated with important deficiencies in our diet, and when we supplement it, we see substantial improvements that optimise our quality of life.
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Frequently asked questions about orthomolecular nutrition
Can the same results be achieved with a balanced diet?
Of course, a balanced diet is necessary as a basis. However, there are certain substances that are very difficult to provide on a daily and continuous basis, which are precisely what orthomolecular nutrition supplements.
Do these substances harm my body?
No. Everything that orthomolecular therapy supplies are products of natural origin that have been tested by professionals. Furthermore, everything we take will always be controlled by metabolic analysis.
At Clínica ICA we are committed to carrying out an exhaustive study of your case so that we always take steps in the right direction.
Does orthomolecular medicine mean that I can leave other treatments?
Not at all. We should always put ourselves in the hands of a doctor to treat our illnesses. Orthomolecular medicine is simply one more treatment that will help us enormously with our illness, but in no case does it replace conventional treatments.