The rate at which one ages cellularly and as a whole organism, is well influenced by eating an anti-oxidant rich and highly plant nutrient based diet, attaining a healthy body weight, detoxifying ones body, and replacing lost or deficient hormones.
Certain foods especially, have very high ratings for vitamins, minerals, nutrients, phytochemical, and antioxidants, and are measured and compared in the Whole Foods Aggregate Nutrient Density Index. Anti-aging medicine also means recognizing the absolutely crucial role of all of our hormones as far as aging. For instance testosterone for both men and women, can be low, and this plays into a gradual weakening of not only skeletal muscle but also cardiac muscle (our hearts). Measuring and treating low nutrient status, and measuring and treating low hormonal status, both are part of improving the workings of our body’s smallest powerhouse, the individual cell.
Dr. Sierra works with individuals who have a variety of different conditions and each person’s diet is formulated to be different. Food allergies, one’s blood type, a personal tendency toward weight gain, pre-diabetes, known cardiovascular disease or cholesterol elevation, and a preference for vegetarian diet, are all considerations in the development of an individuals’ diet.
There are also issues about eating lower in the food chain for diminishment of toxin intake, blood type diets, and diets that are balanced with our particular cell markers-called lectins. There are a lot of individual diet approaches, and while the novice might feel very confused by which advice to follow, Dr. Sierra has a keen sense for finding the universal truths in different plans, and helping individuals to balance different health and eating goals with the appropriate diet.
Dr. Sierra uses SpectraCell Laboratories to discern nutritional deficiency, immune system strength, and antioxidant activity. See a sample of a typical SpectraCell report.
Because each of us is metabolically and biochemically unique, the micronutrient requirements for one person may be quite different than the requirements for another.
Although you may eat a balanced diet, if you do not absorb vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and/or other essential micronutrients properly, you will have deficiencies.
Health conditions such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fatigue and multiple sclerosis, to name a few, can be affected, directly or indirectly, by micronutrient deficiencies.
Our micronutrient requirements at age 30 are quite different from our requirements at age 40, 50 and beyond. Absorption difficulties, especially of vitamin B12, quite commonly occur as we age.
Excessive physical activity, prescription drugs, smoking, alcohol and sedentary habits all impact micronutrient demands.
Detoxification means cleaning the blood. It does this mainly by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when this system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected.
A detox program can help the body’s natural cleaning process by:
- Resting the organs through fasting
- Stimulating the body to drive toxins from the body
- Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin
- Improving circulation in the body
- Refueling the body with healthy nutrient
- Improving intestinal bacterial balance
Especially when correlated with known environmental toxic exposure, or high heavy metals, detoxification can decrease toxic load strain and improve a myriad of bodily functions, restoring a youthful energy and metabolism for the patient.
The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
1. First, do no harm.
2. Act in co-operation with the healing power of nature.
3. Address the fundamental causes of disease.
4. Heal the whole person through individualized treatment.
5. Teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.