Building Nutrient Reserves in the New Year
By Dr. Bill Hogarth
Although 2020 is behind us and we are looking forward to getting back to a sense of normalcy in the new year (whatever that is), there is always a silver lining to find in the midst of challenging times. One of the silver linings that many of us in functional integrative medicine found in 2020 is that we are in the right place at the right time. It has become crystal-clear that healthy lifestyle choices, proper nutrient reserves and health resilience go a long way in mitigating against the onset of any disease.
This time of year, we might typically lament the fact that it’s time to reset and start fresh in the new year with aspirations of changing our diet and exercising off the extra pounds we put on during the holidays. But unlike in years past, it wasn’t just the holidays that derailed many healthy lifestyles in 2020: The whole of last year threw many patients into a tailspin of weight gain, sedentary lifestyle choices, isolation, increased anxiety and poor mental outlook.
How are you helping your patients get back on track in the new year? You might be recommending a detox protocol or a weight loss program. What about discussing nutrient reserves, mitochondrial energy reserves and increased antioxidant capacity? Many of you are familiar with the Triage Theory established by Dr. Bruce Ames, which states that some functions of micronutrients (approximately 40 essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and amino acids) are restricted during shortage and that functions required for short-term survival take precedence over those that are less essential. Over time, the systems that do not have adequate reserves become weak and more susceptible to disease.
Dr. Tom Guilliams, researcher, scientist and author of The Standard Road Map Series, talks about physiological resilience, which defines the immediate capacity of cells, tissues and organ systems to respond to changes in physiological need. He defines metabolic reserve as the long-term capacity of tissues and organ systems to withstand repeated (chronic) changes to physiological needs. This concept is so important in today’s climate where our dietary patterns, stress levels and resilience are being challenged every day.
As a functional integrative medicine practitioner, you know the importance of healthy eating patterns, exercise, stress reduction and the need to live healthier, better lifestyles. Patients know this, too, and need you as their guide to establish healthy patterns. One of the easiest ways to get patients started is through education and helping them put the nutrition puzzle pieces together. By identifying the gaps in their health, you can help them build a targeted plan for improved lifestyle habits. Interestingly, even mainstream medicine is giving attention to the idea of supplementing with different nutrients to keep reserves in good standing so the body can better withstand any potential threats.
As more patients start hearing about these topics, you should be the one guiding them to what they need and explaining why the guidance of a health care provider is the only way to get the best results from a supplement regimen.
Here are some talking points:
A high-quality multivitamin with reacted/chelated minerals and USP vitamins for maximum bioavailability.
Vitamin D3 is a powerful modulator of immune activity and important for maintaining strong bones.
Zinc is stored poorly in the body and yet is vitally important for proper function of the innate and adaptive immune response.
The effects of vitamin C on immune response and protein synthesis are well-known.
Melatonin not only supports restful sleep but has been shown to have powerful antioxidant effects.
Omega-3 fatty acids are very important for cell membrane support and function as well as anti-inflammatory effects.
If you need help with providing education and starting these conversations with patients about nutrition and lifestyle habits, Lifestyle Matrix Resources Center has built resources and programs to help make these conversations easier and more effective.
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Bill Hogarth, DC, MBS
Bill Hogarth, DC, MBS is a licensed chiropractor in the states of Illinois and Missouri. He holds a doctorate in chiropractic from Logan University and a masters in biological sciences from the University of Minnesota. He has been a functional medicine practitioner and educator for more than three decades.