|How much better can I be? (Part 1)
The best thing about what I do is to share with clients health improvements they never thought possible. So often I talk to people who have become despondent particularly with problems that cause pain and restrict mobility. It is even more difficult when the prognosis is for further deterioration.
So here is the real question. How much better can I be? Can I have less pain, more mobility, and more energy? While the specific results of any programme are always uncertain what I do know is that we need to change things in order to get better outcomes.
There are two parts to any successful nutritional therapy programme. The first are the actual measures we use. This usually centres on making changes to diet, supplements and in some cases referral to other therapies.
The second is time. We all want fast results when in pain. The problem is that the changes in our bodies that created the problem often occurred over many years. While some people do get faster results, for most it is perseverance over the medium term that really counts.
Small changes; big results
Over the years I have come to realise that often small changes can make a big difference. Someone could be taking a joint supplement and be getting little benefit. We change the active ingredient quantities and there are significant improvements.
For example, someone contacted me with significant knee pain from osteoarthritis. This was painful and limited his mobility. His only medical options were strong pain relief and a future knee replacement.
We made a number of enhancements to his diet. In most cases this was more about substituting one food for another. I made changes to his supplement programme in particular targeting 1600mg of high grade chondroitin, the same amount of glucosamine and a number of anti-inflammatory antioxidants including curcumin from turmeric
The results after 6 months have surpassed what he expected. He has much less pain and in his own words just the odd twinge. He is now able to exercise; he has more energy and just feels better.
John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med.) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. If you have questions or need help you can contact John 0800 423559. You can email John at email@example.com.
Please note that the health advice given through this column is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health problem. © John Arts 2019