At the Angeles Functional Medicine Treatment Center we use nutrition as our first line of therapeutic defense. Our program recognizes that restoring nutritive balance is the essential first step to promote healing in a body that is stressed by the burden of invasive chronic illness.
Optimal nutrition creates a foundation at a cellular level for a strong and healthy body. We understand the relationship between our external environment (i.e. the food we eat) and our internal environment (cellular function fueled by the nutrients we absorb). This enables us to achieve the complete, balanced nutrition essential for the harmonious system functioning that is at the core of good health.
Convenience vs Nutrition
In most westernized societies, modern food production, processing and transport technologies as well as lifestyle have combined to create a way of life in which convenience and shelf life have largely replaced nutritional content as the main selection criteria driving our food choices. The unintended consequence has been a negatively charged version of “We are what we eat”. It is certain that this modernization of our food supply chain has resulted in critical nutritional deficits that at a minimum prevent optimum health, and may promote or even accelerate disease progress.
Food as Medicine
Your treatment program approaches nutrition from a healing perspective, approaching food as medicine. As a patient you will be “prescribed” a nutrition plan based on your unique needs, with special attention to identifying and addressing deficiencies, higher nutritional needs, and allergies.
As the first point of attack on the hepatitis C, the Cellular Nutrition Step is made up of seven smaller elements; nutritional support, mild detox, alkalization, hypo-allergenic diet plan, supplementation, amino acid IV therapy and essential fatty acid IV therapy.
Your diet plan is crafted by the clinical nutritionist and subject to constant review, refinement and input by the medical team. Flowing information from our clinical nutritionist to the kitchen and our trained chefs, we provide a customized nutrition plan that is the starting point for healing.
Your food plan will be rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, probiotics, high quality protein, fiber, and low glycemic-index carbohydrates. Combined, these elements provide the essential factors for a healthy gastrointestinal system function and act to “kick start” the liver detoxification process that will reduce your toxic load.
During disease and sickness, chronic inflammation can create acidity within the cells. This results in the creation of more cellular waste, putting more stress on cells as they have to work to dispose of it. Your program diet will promote alkalization as well as anti-inflammation, creating an internal environment optimized to fight and overcome disease.
Hypo allergenic diet plan
Each patient diet will be free of known common dietary allergens such as gluten and dairy. This will promote immune tolerance by removing potential hazards within the diet, enabling the body to fight the hepatitis C virus, instead of the food you eat.
There are numerous clinical and scientific studies that show the very low levels, and in some cases, the absence, of good quality nutrients in modern diets.
Because chronic disease places high levels of stress on a body, it is hard to provide a patient with all of the nutritional support they need through diet alone. To treat a chronic illness it is therefore essential to provide nutritional supplementation beyond an over-the-counter approach, addressing deficiencies with high-level, effective supplementation.
In our Functional Medicine program we utilize pharmaceutical grade supplements in a treatment program designed by medical professionals for maximum nutrient absorption.
Not all supplements are good for everybody. Based on your medical history, lab work and specific medical tests, your Functional Medicine team will craft a supplement regimen tailored to your specific health needs and challenges. Your supplementation plan will be continually reviewed and modified as your body moves towards repair, balance and health.
Amino acid IV therapy
Amino acids are the molecules that help create proteins. Amino acids are essential to many functions, including metabolic balance, the transport and mobilization of waste, energy production, cellular signaling, cellular communication, and immune support and activation.
During treatment, patients will receive a medically balanced formulation of essential and complementary amino acids. The amino acids will be administered via an intravenous drip to ensure that all amino acids enter directly into the blood system without the risk of impairment through the ingestion process.
Essential fatty acid IV therapy
As food items and diets become more commercialized within western culture, some food groups have been labeled as ‘bad’. Fat is among these foods that are considered to be unhealthy, leading to people buying low-fat or n-fat products in a belief that they are healthier.
The flaw in this oversimplified approach to healthy eating is the assumption that all dietary fat is bad, when in fact, many fats are essential for good health. Healthy fats are vital, acting as the building blocks of the cellular membranes and helping nerve activity. Our brain is made primarily of fat, and good fats increase brain and nerve function, memory and help to protect the brain from disease.
Your treatment program will help to support nerve and brain function and boost the immunity through IV administered fatty acids, restoring the essential balance required for you to get healthy, and stay healthy.
Although it may seem complex, many of the steps of the Cellular Nutrition Phase of treatment will happen simultaneously, with little or no discomfort. This phase will prepare you for the rest of the process, allowing you to continue with your treatment in the best possible health.
To learn more about how cellular nutrition could help you on the road to recovery, contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation from a US-based Functional Medicine Professional.