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The Importance of a Personalized Diet

At Hunt Naturopathic Clinic a patient’s appropriate diet is based on their biochemical individuality. Just as each person is unique, so too is their dietary plan.

There are diets that are “generally healthy,” but it is just that. They are general and not specific for the individual person.

The ways to assess the correct diet for each patient is based upon the patient’s health condition (pathology) and laboratory test information.

A patient with specific health conditions such as gout, obesity, high blood pressure, skin issues (eczema, psoriasis), inflammatory bowel disease, atonic constipation, anemia, etc. may receive a diet plan that is individualized to their disease.

Other ways of assessing the proper diet may be through complete blood count, ferritin, food allergy testing, blood typing, stool testing for infectious microbes such as candida, low levels of short chain fatty acids and malabsorption.

With diet being such a critical factor in a person’s health, we invest a great deal of time to make sure we have the correct food plan/diet for each patient.

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Omega-3 Fish Oil Supports Heart, Pain, and Autoimmune Inflammation

Omega-3 Fish Oil Supports Heart, Pain, and Autoimmune Inflammation

Omega-3 fish oil treats the following:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Chronic Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Eczema
At Hunt Naturopathic Clinic we provide the care associated with the treatment of the above conditions which includes correct diagnostic assessment and treatment.

Heart Health
Studies have shown that a diet supplemented with omega-3 fish oil helps lower high blood pressure. In addition, omega-3 has been shown to reduce triglyceride levels by a net of about 50% compared with placebo [1]. And furthermore, patients who combined omega-3 fish oil with cholesterol lowering medication reported a net 23% decrease in their triglyceride levels [2].

Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can severely limit your mobility and lifestyle. Omega-3 fish oil has been shown to alleviate problems such as nonspecific neck and back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, pain associated with dysmenorrhea (painful periods), ankylosing spondylitis, and more [3].

Currently, Health Canada recommendations state that fish oil supplements reduce the pain of rheumatoid arthritis in adults when combined with traditional therapies [4]. Studies also suggest that supplementing with omega-3 for over 3 months can result in a notable reduction in the amount of arthritis medication that patients required [5].

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Patients who suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s have taken part in trials using fish oil as part of their treatment. Results from these trails show not only a benefit from supplementation [6], but also that omega-3 may reduce steroid doses needed during treatment [7].

Supplementing with omega-3 fish oil has the potential to result in improvements in the clinical features of eczema, such as scaling and itching [8]. Studies also confirm that taking fish oil during pregnancy may reduce the risk of the child developing eczema during their first year of life [9]

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Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal Allergies

A New Alternative to Allergy Treatment: Sublingual Immunotherapy

After diagnosis of inhalant allergies via a scratch or blood test we offer sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT).  SLIT treats the cause of allergy by giving small doses of the allergen to the patient.  SLIT is given as drops under the tongue.  Research shows that when an allergen is presented this way, the immune system learns to tolerate the allergy.  SLIT is proven, with over 60 clinical trials which shows its effectiveness.  It is endorsed by the World Health Organization, the World Allergy Association, and the Cochrane Collaboration.  SLIT is effective, safe, and well tolerated.

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