with John Arts
There are three components of any nutritional support programme I create. There is diet; making sure that foods help not worsen the problem. There are supplements; these help us target specific nutrients and other compounds that can help the body heal the problem.
The vital third component is time. I’m regularly contacted by people who have a problem and want to ‘try a bottle’ of a supplement to see if it would help. My advice is fairly blunt. If you want to try a bottle you are better to save your money as you will be disappointed. While the product may be fine it eliminates the most important element of time.
For example, I’ve been helping an ex-builder for the last two years. When I first spoke with him he had significant pain from osteoarthritis in his knees and hands. He described the knee pain as debilitating and it severely impacted his mobility and quality of life. He was told he needed a knee replacement.
I put him on my osteoarthritis programme but also added and multi-mineral and antioxidant complex because of other cardiovascular issues. Last time I spoke to him his knees had improved to the point where he had decided not to have surgery and his hands had much less pain. He also noted his overall health had significantly improved.
Adding therapeutic levels of high grade chondroitin is critical. In this case we used doses as high as 1600mg daily. Glucosamine, of course, helps as does curcumin from turmeric to reduce inflammation. Adding extra Omega 3 from fish oil is a great idea as it helps tip the body into an anti-inflammatory state.
The key ingredients then of any nutritional support programme are helpful foods, helpful supplements and time. Miss any one of these three and you may well be disappointed. Contact me if you need some help.
John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health Ltd. For questions or advice, contact John on 0800 423559 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Join his all new newsletter at: www.abundant.co.nz