Your nutrition plays a critical role in your health. Food intolerances, poor diets, and a lack of healthy enzymes and nutrients can imbalance your digestion and absorption, increasing widespread inflammation. At Linden & Arc Vitality Institute, we approach nutrition through a Functional Medicine discipline: we consider each biological function, their interrelationship with your genetics, lifestyle choices and environments, and how food affects your overall health. With evidence-based foundations, our health coaching in Calgary will give you the tools to enhance, improve, and transform your health for the better.
Health Coaching is designed to bridge the gap between diagnosis and complete health transformation. Our health coaches are your ally, collaborating with our Functional Medicine doctors, and through virtual care, to help you navigate your evidence-based treatment plan.
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The ultimate goal of functional nutrition is to uncover the root cause of your illnesses, treating you as a whole, not just the surfacing symptoms. By administering essential and extensive testing on your gut’s microbiome, we can establish imbalances in your body functions – digestive, brain, heart, immune, energy, and immune systems – providing us with a platform to create a specific nutrition plan. We can revolutionize your diet, health, and lifestyle, treating chronic conditions while transitioning you back to wellness.
We have four principles that can improve gut function, including digestion and absorption. These include: Relax (mindfully eat your meal peacefully); Take your time (chew eat bite thoroughly and enjoy each portion); Listen to your body (eat until your 75% full and wait until you’re truly hungry to eat again); Keep it fresh (eat as much freshly prepared food as possible), and give your digestion a boost (include fresh and dried organic herbs and spices to your meals, and go for a walk after your meals). We can explain these principles in more depth during your consultation.
Part of restoring and repairing your gut health means following our “6 R’s to Gut Healing Program.” This model aims to improve the health of your GI tract, reduce symptoms, and prevent chronic conditions. The 6 R’s include: Remove (getting rid of things that negatively affect your GI tract, such as your food allergies); Replace (adding digestive enzymes, hydrochloric and bile acids to improve digestion); Re-inoculate (by taking pre and probiotics to restore “good” gut bacteria”; Repair (allowing your GI tract to heal by providing it with valuable nutrients); Rebalance (making positive lifestyle changes to improve your body’s ability to stay healthy), and Retest (Retesting your body for any lingering depletions or issues that may not be noticeable at the start).
The immune system is one of the most vital we have. It is your main defense against disease and illness. The majority of the immune system resides in the gut, which makes sense since most of the harmful bacteria and microbes we encounter come from our food – so, its the prime battle ground for the immune system to fight off foreign invaders before they can take hold inside our bodies.
An allergic reactions to food is the result of the B-cells misidentifying the food particles as being dangerous and sending antibodies to attach it. It causes a rapid and potentially life-threatening selling called anaphylaxis. Any food could possibly cause an allergic reaction but there are a few that are most commonly the cause of anaphylaxis.
In contrast to food allergies, food sensitivities are not immediately life-threatening, although they are unpleasant. Food sensitivities trigger a milder reaction from the immune system, but they tend to last longer, able to linger for days at a time.
Aside from an allergy or a sensitivity, it is also possible to have a food intolerance. These intolerances are due to missing the enzymes needed to digest the food in question. For example, those who are lactase intolerant are lacking lactase, the enzyme needed to break down and digest lactase.