Functional MedicineNutrition & Fasting

Nutrition & Fasting

As part of our initial comprehensive evaluation, we test food allergy and sensitivities, inflammatory markers, and nutritional and metabolic markers (vitamins, nutrients, fatty acids, amino acids, etc).

Thorough evaluation of these findings helps guide each unique plan of treatment. A diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, or rather devoid of pro-inflammatory foods, is key to neutralizing inflammation and reducing both acute and chronic pain

Careful evaluation and discussion of these findings usually leads to nutritional advice. A diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods is the key to neutralizing inflammation and reducing both acute and chronic pain.

For a substantial portion of our patients, being overweight is a major obstacle in achieving pain relief and restoration of function and vitality. While weight loss is important, we prefer to establish a full lifestyle regimen based on individual goals. When implemented conscientiously, this regimen will lead to weight loss as a “side effect”. We see amazing weight loss when focusing on general healthy lifestyle.

Approaches

A major focus of our practice in this respect is fasting. There many ways to fast:

Prolonged water and salt fasting, simple calorie restriction, time-restricted feeding, etc.

The ProLon or fasting-mimicking diet is well researched and available through our office.

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A major focus of our practice in this respect is fasting. There many ways to fast: prolonged water and salt fasting, simple calorie restriction, time-restricted feeding, etc. The Prolon or Fasting-Mimicking Diet (FMD), is a well-researched method of fasting that allows some food consumption during the process while retaining the benefits of a water only fast. This is available through our office.

Fasting has amazing health benefits: diabetes, hypertension, liver and kidney disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, skin conditions, chemotherapy side effects, neurodegenerative conditions, aging, are just a few of the diseases that can be ameliorated or yes, cured by fasting. Naturally, for somebody who has never tried or considered this thousand year-old cure, there is a fearful first response. We can guide you in a medically-supervised fasting protocol that is safe and effective.

Amongst the many benefits of fasting is improvement and multiplication of body’s stem cells. For the practice of regenerative medicine, fasting is an excellent companion therapy. We incorporate fasting in all our regenerative medicine plans

Fasting and Stem Cells The benefits of fasting on our health

“Fasting engages our survival circuit, telling longevity genes to do what they have been doing since primordial times: boost cellular defenses, keep organisms alive during times of adversity, ward off disease and deterioration, minimize epigenetic change, and slow down aging” David Sinclair, Ph.D

Fasting, or putting our bodies in a deprived state, improves our health and helps us live longer. Study after study show longevity benefits in animals who are calorie deprived. This is very counterintuitive to the “2,000cal/day” message that we have been given, but the research does not lie - neither does a 40% obese population.

Fasting, together with sleep, is the least expensive and most efficient way to regenerate.