Friday, November 18, 2011

Nutritional therapy and how it plays a role in our life.

This information was sent to me by a reader who has a great blog  Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance blog which you should take a moment to check out.  I personally find that nutrition plays a huge role in our life and the illnesses in it.  I am sure that anyone who has Celiac disease or Gluten sensitivity would agree. If you will please take a moment to read this thanks!

Utilizing Nutritional Therapy As Part of One's Healing Protocol

Nutritional lifestyle should function as a critical facet of one's health and healing strategy, especially for those people who are dealing with chronic and/or terminal illnesses. In this way, a specifically tailored healthy diet can serve as one of the main engines for one's healing journey by providing a foundation for true healing to take place. Additionally, by covering all of the nutritional bases that one needs with a healthy diet consisting of whole, organic foods, one is able to overall feel much better day to day and thus accordingly have more energy and zest for life.

For chronic and terminal illness patients, such as those battling cancers like mesothelioma, setting up a personalized nutritional therapy program can help correct underlying nutritional imbalances that may have contributed to one getting the illness in the first place. In a philosophical sense, we are what we eat, so becoming conscious and manipulating the food that enters our body is an essential facet of a truly all encompassing, holistic healing strategy. Life expectancy outcomes can likely be dramatically improved with the implementation of a proper, personalized nutritional lifestyle. For patients since a strong nutritional foundation will strengthen the body's various organ systems, especially the immune system, which will function best when the patient receives all the necessary vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, cofactors and enzymes, its possible to guide a patient on the path to healing.

In this light, proper nutritional therapy works in concert with other healing strategies, whether they are conventional or alternative and complementary, by strengthening the overall balance and health of the body. At the same time, nutritional interventions can also function as effective remedies in their own right via correcting critical vitamin and/or mineral imbalances that may have made the body more susceptible to the chronic illness or cancer in the first place. Furthermore, the abundance of therapeutic phytonutrients that one obtains from eating a whole food based, organic, healthy diet have a wide range of healing benefits that work synergistically to help the body fight off chronic illness and cancers.

It is possible for people with specific illnesses, such as those dealing with autoimmune disorders like HIV/AIDS and Crohn's disease, or those dealing with targeted cancers to work with a health care practitioner to design a specific diet that targets certain phytonutrients from various food groups that have clinically been proven to help with healing individual diseases. For example, the phytonutrient resveratrol has been shown to be quite chemopreventive and anti-inflammatory, which can be immensely beneficial for those undergoing conventional cancer treatment or who are suffering disease side effects.

Moreover, eating foods abundant in various types of antioxidants and immune-supporting polysaccharides, such as many of the Asian mushrooms like shiitakes, maitakes and oyster mushrooms, has also shown to be helpful in improving the body's healing response to various illnesses. In light of these exciting findings, it can be concluded that nutritional lifestyle therapy can serve as an effective tool in healing for chronic and terminal illnesses, while at the same time working to improve patients' overall quality of life and thus sense of wellbeing.

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