Nutritional Medicine or Nutrition is the science that simply defines and establishes the relationship between a person’s food, and the impact of nutritional factors on their levels of health and well-being or illness and disease.
The body requires daily consumption of the following to function correctly: carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water.
If one of these becomes low or deficient, a negative impact occurs on the body and illness, disease or a general feeling of being unwell may result.
Orthomolecular Medicine is a form of complementary and alternative medicine aimed at maintaining health through nutritional supplementation. This is based on the assertion that there is an optimum nutritional environment in the body and that diseases reflect deficiencies in this environment.
The term orthomolecular was coined by Linus Pauling to mean “the right molecules in the right amounts” (ortho is Greek for “right”).
Treatment for disease, according to this view, calls for the ‘correcting of imbalances or deficiencies based on individual biochemistry’ by use of substances natural to the body, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements and fatty acids.
Orthomolecular medicine ensures that treatment is in response to each patient’s individual biochemistry.
Nutritional Medicine and Orthomolecular Medicine can support individuals suffering from:
- Dietary issues and nutrient deficiencies
- Weight management and obesity
- Digestive issues and disorders
- Compromised immunity
- Chronic disease management
- Food allergies and intolerances, including coeliac disease and lactose intolerance
- Candida and yeast infections
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