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HPA Magazine 8
Functional Clinical Nutrition appears at a time when an answer becomes necessary in clinical situations of confusion, because despite patients showing biochemical parameters considered normal, and for this reason considered “healthy”, the patients show signs and symptoms of imbalance that jeopardise their overall health.
Functional Clinical Nutrition is considered by some to be the Nutrition of the 21st Century, as it has a dynamic prevention approach, and is complementary to the treatment of complex chronic disorders, through the detection and/or correction of nutritional imbalances, such as those that occur in chronic diseases.
Furthermore, Functional Clinical Nutrition deals with health as a positive vitality, i.e., health is not merely the absence of non-communicative chronic degenerative diseases, it is the search for the state of physical, mental and emotional health, modulating all of the chemical reactions in synergy which will contribute to reaching an optimal state of health, through the use of phytochemicals and nutrients at an optimised dosage.
FUNCTIONAL CLINICAL NUTRITION IS CENTRED ON 5 BASIC PRINCIPLES:
IN THE FUNCTIONAL CLINICAL NUTRITION CONSULTATION, THE FOLLOWING FACTORS ARE ANALYSED:
EXAMPLES OF COMPLEMENTARY MEASURES FOR FUNCTIONAL CLINICAL NUTRITION
Quantitative study of resident intestinal flora, for determination of intestinal function imbalances: absorption/digestion/immune system, etc. Clinical application in Malabsorption Syndrome/Irritable Colon/Flatulence/Obstipation/Mild Diarrhoea, etc.
Analysis indicated for for behavioural/humour and cognitive problems in children/adults/the elderly and those who hope to optimise their brain function. Application in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity/Dementia/Alzheimer’s, among others.
FOOD HYPERSENSITIVITY (A200):
Analysis that determines which are the foods with potential abnormal reactions that upset the functioning of various systems, such as gastrointestinal/neurological/respiratory, etc. It also takes on particular importance when faced with a framework of resistance of weight/retention of liquids.
This area of scientifically valid Clinical Nutrition contributes to the improvement, recovery and maintenance of the state of health of the individual, when their nutritional needs are out of balance, expanding the already existing area of knowledge and resources, while also contributing towards the emergence of healthier generations.
Feed your Health. Adopt a Functional Nutrition.