Foundational Pillars of Health – Part 1: Nutrition

Health is the natural state for the human body and it is disturbed by obstacles that lead to disease. In order to understand what is disturbing your health you must understand what influences health. The determinants of health are the combined factors that affect the health of an individual. These determinants consist of inborn factors such as genetic makeup or maternal health, medical history that includes previous illnesses and access to health care, and lifestyle factors such as hydration, nutrition, mental function, emotional stress, structural integrity, exercise, environmental exposures and cultural factors.

By identifying the causes of disease, Naturopathic doctors can help their patients construct a healthy regimen based upon the obstacles to cure in attempt to optimize the bodily functions and facilitate a return to health. The first step in returning a patient to health is to remove the things that are disturbing health. The most commonly disturbed determinants are nutrition, hydration, sleep, exercise, stress management, and spiritual integrity.


Contrary to popular belief, what you eat matters. Good nutrition means that your body is getting all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs to function optimally. People understand that having optimal nutritional intake is good in certain circumstances such as weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight but there is so much more. Eating healthy foods is important to provide the cells and organs in your body with the proper fuel in order to function at their best. Good nutrition is also important for reducing your risk of common chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, osteoporosis, and more. It is an important tool to help patients reduce their blood pressure, lower cholesterol, support immune function, support mental/emotional health, and recover from illness or injury and increase energy.

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I always address your dietary intake of nutrients regardless of your health concerns. It is one of the most important ways to affect change in regards to any health condition. We ask all patients to complete a 3 day diet diary before their initial appointment in order to assess individual needs for macro and micronutrients. I also assess medications patients are taking in order to address nutrient deficiencies which are often side effects of common medicines. I work with my patients to strive for consistency in their diet and to have a more positive relationship with food.

At MCHM we offer intravenous (IV) infusions of nutrients. This is a great way to provide necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients in a faster method of delivery to the cells of the body. This allows for higher dosages of targeted nutrients to be delivered with better absorption because it bypasses the GI system and goes directly into the bloodstream. Many times we will start patients on IV therapy for a few weeks to provide more rapid symptom relieve and speed up healing; then transition to oral supplement to continue supporting the body’s nutrient needs.

Some of our popular nutrient infusions I recommend to my patients include but not limited to:

  • Hydration Therapy Infusion
  • Immune Support IV
  • Vitamin C Infusion
  • NAD+ Infusion

Please follow along this fundamental blog series and keep an eye out for part II: Hydration!

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