Nutrition is the very foundation of our health and wellbeing. What we put into our bodies plays a direct role in the way our cells, organs, and overall system function. Proper nutrition plays a key role in healing almost any internal disorder. Did you know that digestive and cardiovascular conditions aren’t the only issues linked to nutrition? Dermatological conditions, sinus issues, headaches, neurological disorders, and even cancer can all be a direct result of improper nutrition.
At East West Integrative Medicine, we believe in an evidence-based approach to nutrition. Our nutrition program is multi-faceted, providing a wide variety of services tailored to each patient’s needs. During initial evaluation, we determine each patient’s current nutritional status based on blood work, physical exam, and current signs and symptoms. We then determine which nutritional services would provide the most benefit. Services include optimal nutrition evaluation, nutrigenomic testing, food allergy and sensitivity testing, one-on-one nutritional counseling, and a personalized review of current medications and supplements.
Optimal Nutritional Evaluation
Do you have chronic health conditions that despite treatment, do not seem to fully resolve? Do you struggle with mood disorders, fatigue, sleep disturbances, digestive problems, weight loss, weight gain, fibromyalgia, and/or chronic pain?
Sometimes the root cause of a chronic condition can be due to a long-standing nutritional deficiency that is not seen in general blood work ordered by your primary care physician.
The two most common blood panels ordered by your doctor are a Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Comprehensive Metabolic Profile (CMP). While these panels tell us a lot about your blood and the function of your major organ systems, they do not provide information about deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, probiotics, or pancreatic enzymes… all of which are essential for your health and wellbeing!
The optimal nutritional evaluation looks at all of these things, as well as any overgrowth of bacteria or yeast. It also sheds light on nutritional malabsorption, mitochondrial dysfunction, toxic exposure, inadequate methylation, deficiency of neurotransmitters, and oxidative stress.
For patients who are interested in achieving optimal nutrition, they are provided with an at-home, urine collection test kit which is then sent directly to the lab for processing. Results take approximately 2-4 weeks to receive. Once they are in, you will receive an emailed copy of your results and will be scheduled for a 15-minute phone consultation to review your results with Dr. Adamo.
Food Allergy and Sensitivity Testing
Food is essential for life but it can also create a serious disharmony in your body if you are allergic or even sensitive to it. The most common symptoms of food allergies and sensitivities are upset stomach, gas, bloating, and changes in bowel habits. Other symptoms include headache, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and skin issues.
At East West Integrative Medicine, we offer comprehensive testing for 96 of the most common foods. This test measures both true allergies and food sensitivities, which are not tested by a traditional allergist. The test is administered as a simple in-office blood draw and test results are usually available within 2 weeks. Results will be provided via email and a 15-minute consultation to discuss results is included.
This personalized consultation focuses on plant-based/whole food nutrition as well as using food to heal disease. Specific food items, menu options, and healthy food preparation will be discussed. Helpful grocery shopping lists will be provided.
In addition, this consultation includes a review of your most recent blood work in order to address specific nutritional deficiencies. Current medications and supplements are also reviewed and specific recommendations for vitamins and supplements will be made.
Review of Medications and Supplements
Interactions between medications, supplements, herbs, and vitamins can be a dangerous thing. Just because a substance is natural, doesn’t always mean that it’s safe, especially when mixed with pharmaceutical medications. All medicine, even natural, must be administered and dosed according to standard guidelines. This can be a concern for those taking over-the-counter supplements.
The Review of Medications and Supplements is a 30-minute personalized consultation that will help you receive the maximum benefit of all that you are taking while minimizing the risk of toxicity and serious side effects. Learn more…