Optimal Nutrition Program
Nutritional factors play a pivotal role in curing and preventing disease. Our approach to nutritional replacement is to teach guidelines to a healthful diet and replace only what is deficient with the most natural, bio-available forms using only the finest of clinical supplementation. We use advanced diagnostic tests to identify vitamin, mineral, amino acid and antioxidant deficiencies. We then tailor supplementation specifically to your body’s needs, often using individually compounded formulations. In addition to providing you with nutritional counseling and therapy, we can also help you reach your weight loss goals through our comprehensive diets.
SaJune Certified Nutrition, Fitness, and Lifestyle Coaches offer the following programs and education and will work with you on creating a customized program that is right for you. If you’re interested in receiving nutrition and weight program guidance from a practice that cares, contact Sajune Institute for Restorative and Regenerative today to schedule a consultation appointment.
- Measurement of your nutritional status: Many people work to improve their health through diet, exercise and supplementation, yet still may have deficiencies. This can be due to a variety of factors including biochemical individuality, absorption, chronic illness, aging, and lifestyle. We know that 50% of people taking multi-vitamins are still nutritionally deficient. Being deficient in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can suppress the functions of the immune system as well as affect one’s overall health and probability for development of disease. At SaJune, we can uncover these deficiencies and address them through a micronutrient blood test. SpectraCell Laboratories developed their exclusive, patented micronutrient tests to measure the function of selected vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential micronutrients within your white blood cells. Analysis can reveal a person’s functional nutrient status over a much longer time period than conventional serum testing.
- The food you eat: Of course, the food we eat must be considered and addressed when working toward optimal health. Our nutrition programs are run by a certified health and nutrition coach who works closely with your medial provider to ensure recommendations are given to you based on your individualized medical plan. Each of our nutrition programs includes detailed education on the basic principles of nutrition including:
- Following the “plate ratio” for blood sugar stabilization
- Preferred carbs, proteins, and fats
- How to read labels
- How to dine out
- How to go grocery shopping
- How do meal preparation
- Stress management
- Exercise program recommendations
- Supplementation: MD Prescriptives is a supplement company created by clinicians who realized patients were taking a large number of supplements with marginal effectiveness. There was a need for a professional grade line that incorporated the most bioavailable forms of each nutrient at therapeutic doses. MD Prescriptives incorporates those principals while offering an unsurpassed value to the patient. This is an innovative line of professional products designed to seamlessly integrate the latest scientific research with well-tested clinical effectiveness offering comprehensive care to the patient. These products are also hypoallergenic with no hidden fillers, artificial colors, fragrance to diminish the bioavailability or quality of the product. In addition, products are free from wheat, yeast, gluten, corn, sugar, starch, preservatives or hydrogenated oils. Part of your care will include carefully selected supplement recommendations based on the symptoms you are experiencing, your lab values and/or SpectraCell micronutrient test, and your diet.
A ketogenic diet is any diet that forces the body into a process called ketosis, whereby fats are burned instead of carbohydrates for use as energy. A proper ketogenic diet calls for the dieter to consume high amounts of fat, adequate amounts of protein, and very low amounts of carbohydrates. Our bodies are used to turning carbohydrates into glucose to use for energy. When we enter ketosis by sufficiently limiting our carbohydrate intake, our livers start breaking down fat cells into fatty acids and ketones, to be used as energy instead.
A ketogenic diet is very effective for fat loss, managing hunger, managing sugar cravings, controlling insulin spikes and swings in blood sugar, and even preventing and treating certain types of diseases. Cancer cells thrive on glucose and carbohydrates thus the Ketogenic diet is often seen as a useful way to help improve the effectiveness of cancer treatments.
Fasting (the complete abstinence of food) and ketogenic diets are metabolically very similar. The ketogenic diet attempts to mimic the metabolic effects of fasting while food is being consumed. This diet consists primarily of fat, making it very tasty and satiating, with a focus on plant oils, avocados, nuts, grass-fed butter, ghee, etc. Protein intake is moderate and consisting of grass-fed and organic meats and carbohydrate consumption is low and consists of water and fiber-filled above-ground vegetables.
This non-restrictive and healthy method of eating is easily implemented, effective, and delicious—making it a popular choice for patients looking to lose weight and improve their health. Our health and nutrition coach will help guide you through this program every step of the way!
Intermittent fasting is a term for an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It does not say anything about which foods you should eat, but rather when you should eat them. In this respect, it is not a “diet” in the conventional sense. It is more accurately described as an “eating pattern.” Common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16 hour fasts, or fasting for 24 hours, twice per week.
Humans have been fasting throughout evolution. Sometimes it was done because food was not available, and it has also been a part of major religions, including Islam, Christianity and Buddhism. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors didn’t have supermarkets, refrigerators or food available year-round and yet were healthier that Americans are today. They often went for long periods time of time without food while looking for their next food source. Often times, If anything, fasting from time to time is more “natural” than constantly eating 3-4 (or more) meals per day.
With intermittent fasting, Human Growth Hormone (HGH) increases by as much as 5-fold, insulin sensitivity improves, and cellular repair takes place. With these changes in the body and the increase in cellular repair, hormones are released that aid in fat-loss and muscle construction. This helps people lose weight and build muscle more efficiently and quickly. Intermittent fasting has also been shown to reduce inflammation, normalize blood lipids, fight cancer, protect against Alzheimer’s Disease, and help you live longer.
Most people should be doing some form of fasting as even fasting just once a month is shown to have health benefits. Our health and nutrition coach will help you learn how to work this concept into your lifestyle for optimal results.