Nutrition Diagnostics - Case Study: Chronic Fatigue & Low Immunity

Case Study: Chronic Fatigue & Low Immunity

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Patient Information

Age 26
Gender Male
Weight 72.8 kg
Height 180 cm

Condition/symptoms


Explaining Their Symptoms

The client was suffering a host of symptoms. On face value, many of these symptoms are not linked, which presented a real challenge for health and medical professionals in identifying the catalysts for this client's poor health. This is typical of 'disease model thinking'; where the links between conditions and symptoms often go unnoticed. By analysing the client's blood chemistry, though, we were able to identify that he was suffering from three of the six subclinical defects that underpin all disease; chronic inflammation, acid stress and connective tissue breakdown.

Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation, when acute, is a healthy event; helping the body to repair itself, fight infections, deal with cancer and handle toxic exposures. Chronic or prolonged inflammation begins to fail its intended purposes, thereby raising the risk of infection, toxicity, and all disease conditions, especially heart disease, arthritis and cancer.

Acid Stress

Acid stress is contextualised as an imbalanced pH - where the body is more acidic than it is alkaline. Wherever the body becomes more acidic than it does alkaline, it endures greater stress - wearing the body and leaving it more vulnerable to disease. Acid stress sets the stage for infection and underlies 80% of all disease.

Connective Tissue Breakdown

Connective tissue breakdown occurs where the body is unable to make repairs or build new tissue, and often manifests itself musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis. Failure to use proteins or a deficiency of proteins is often fundamental to this problem, which is characteristic of ageing and all chronic diseases.

Strategy

As always, our strategy was to balance the client's body chemistry by bringing key biomarkers into optimum ranges. Where the client's biomarkers are within these ranges, it is likely the subclinical defects they are suffering will subside, and their health will dramatically improve as a result. While it may sound simple in theory, moving biomarkers can be incredibly difficult, as you cannot look at markers in isolation - but must analyse each marker with respect to other markers. What can cause one marker to correct can also cause another marker to move in the wrong direction. Thus, it is a balancing act.

In order to move key biomarkers, our general objectives were to:


To achieve these objectives, we tailored a program to suit the client's individual health challenges. It encompassed three key areas:

Nutrition

The client's diet plan was designed to raise his iron and protein status whilst controlling carbohydrates to lower glucose levels. An uptake in red meat (consuming red meat twice per day) was intended to raise iron and protein - thus strengthening red blood cells, reducing chronic inflammation and aiding in the building of connective tissue. The client was advised to avoid gluten, sugar, coffee, alcohol, fruits and seafood.

The client's diet was high in fat and low in carbohydrates - especially those derived from wheat, grains, nuts and fruits. This is because fat is critical in escorting toxins through the bowel, whereas carbohydrates are ultimately converted to glucose (sugar) and do little towards balancing chemistry.

We used body chemistry to calculate the exact macronutrient needs of the client, his optimal calorie intake, his protein efficiency rate and his utilisable protein amount. These calculations were used to create a diet that met the exact needs of the client. A typical daily diet is outlined below.

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Supplementation


The prescribed supplements were based on the client's unique needs and were designed to bring key biomarkers into balance and to provide increased energy to combat chronic fatigue. The client was prescribed the following supplements.

Bio Vitamin C

Our Bio Vitamin C is especially important in this case as it is designed to provide energy and bolster the immune system. When taken in the form of our energy drink - which is made with water, lemon juice, lime juice and apple cider vinegar - it supports a host of bodily functions, provides antiviral support and helps to decrease acidity (balancing the body's pH and relieving acid stress).

Vitamin C also supports the production of collagen, as does lysine (also found in our Bio Vitamin C powder), which helps to build connective tissue and alleviate the connective tissue breakdown the client was experiencing. Vitamin C, lysine, proline and glycine are also powerful antioxidants and aid the body in ridding itself of harmful free radicals. This helps to reduce chronic inflammation and also aids in detoxification.

Bio-Zyme

The client presented with poor gut health, and part of his nutritional plan was to consume for more protein. Because of this, we prescribed him Bio-Zyme. Bio-Zyme is a digestive support formula made from plant-based enzymes, bromeliad, papain, gentian, ginger, cinnamon and globe artichoke. It aids the body in producing protease enzymes which help in breaking down protein into amino acids. This stimulates digestion and improves bowel function, but most importantly, it reduces inflammation and acid stress and allows the body to better use proteins which help to build connective tissue.

Formula 1

Containing chromium, manganese, magnesium, potassium and zinc, Formula 1 is a multi-mineral supplement that aids cellular processing and signalling which supports the immune system. Detoxification can only occur where the body has a 'pathway' through which it can escort toxins, and Formula 1 also helps to activate these detox pathways. Controlling blood glucose (sugar) was also important in this instance, and the chromium found in Formula 1 helps to regulate blood glucose levels in the body.

HOW DOES IT HELP CONTROL ACID STRESS?

Formula 2

Made from B vitamins, iodine, zinc, manganese, copper and selenium, Formula 2 is a multi-mineral supplement that supports the integrity of cells and aids detoxification. Manganese supports the growth and maintenance of connective tissue and cartilage, as well as protecting the body from the damaging effects of free radicals. Copper is necessary for the production of red blood cells, connective tissue formation and also supports the immune system. Vitamin B1 is needed for the production of energy, which is especially important in this case.

HOW DOES IT HELP CONTROL ACID STRESS AND REDUCE CHRONIC INFLAMMATION?

Formula 3

The mitochondria is essentially the 'engine' of the cell - the part that produces its energy. Without adequate energy, cellular function is compromised, which hinders the detoxification process. One of the best ways to fuel the mitochondria is with iron. Containing copper, folic acid, vitamin b12, vitamin B5 and iron, Formula 3 has been specifically designed to strengthen the blood and provide the correct platform for detoxification. By supporting the formation of haemoglobin, Formula 3 aids in transporting oxygen throughout the body - thus reducing acid stress.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 assists with hormone modulation and the synthesis of several neurotransmitters including serotonin, GABA and dopamine, all of which elevate mood. It also helps with fluid retention - thus alleviating nocturia and the frequent need to urinate during the night, which was disrupting the clients sleep patterns.

Lifestyle


When the client first came to us, he was always tired. He struggled to get out of bed in the morning and was constantly exhausted in the evening. If he did not get between 9 and 10 hours of sleep per night, he was even more fatigued than usual. To make matters worse, he was suffering from nocturia - having to urinate frequently throughout the night, which was disturbing his sleep. Similarly, he reported that doing any exercise fatigued him, and his body would suffer for a week after.

The client reported he was going to bed at about 11:30 pm and waking at 9 am. We suggested he go to bed at 10 pm and waking between 6:30 am and 7 am. WHY

Additionally, we suggested that he adhere to regular meal timings WHY

Finally, we suggested that the client - after some time - undertake more physical exercise with the aim of improving his body composition. At 180cm and 72.kg, he had low muscle mass. WHY THE NEED FOR MORE MUSCLE MASS

Results

The success of our health programs is largely contingent upon client compliance. If the client follows our nutritional, supplement and lifestyle plans, they are typically able to balance their chemistries and bring their biomarkers within optimal ranges. This was true of this client, and he was able to achieve the following results:


The balancing of body chemistry was reflected in symptoms subsiding and improved wellbeing. The client reported the following upon completion of his program:


The diets and habits developed throughout Nutrition Diagnostics programs are designed not only to be adhered to throughout the program, but to serve as a lifelong guide for living - making health sustainable and enjoyable.

DISCLAIMER

This case study is for educational purposes only of studying patterns between health and disease. These case studies are real clients presenting with real challenges. Results are dependent on the client following advice.

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