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Are you experiencing long-standing, complicated or unanswered health problems? Perhaps you’ve consulted several health care practitioners where sophisticated and high-priced tests have been performed. We specialize in digging deeper, looking at the body as a whole and healing the individual holistically. It's time for a change!
If the tests proved to be negative but you are still experiencing symptoms, then rejoice: you are probably not diseased! When the cause has not been identified medically, the problem often lies in the area of diet and nutrition. That means that the healthcare professionals at Alo Health, LLC trained in digestive health and food enzymes, can identify the cause of your stress and help you get rid of those annoying symptoms-now!
You may be one of the many consumers who have tried to make supplemental vitamins, minerals and the latest magic-bullet nutraceuticals work for you. Unfortunately, as you may have discovered, over 25,000 such chemical compounds have now been identified and finding the one for your body is nearly impossible without proper testing.
However, when all else fails, we have the answer to make nutrition work.
Modify the Diet
No diet will be beneficial for everyone because every body is so unique biochemically. Nutritional objectivity means that individuals should be examined, tested and supplied specific nutrients to help their body meet increased nutritional demands and to support the healthy functions of their body.
Understanding the symptoms of carbohydrate, protein and lipid (fatty acid) deficiency can assist in discovering what is happening nutritionally in the body. Very generally speaking, if the following symptoms occur, diet modification is needed: headache, gas, bloating, heartburn, less than one bowel movement per day, soft bowel movements more than three times per day, irritability, restlessness, unable to tolerate stress, stiff or sore joints.
Oddly, the one thing that has the capability of performing work in the body is being slowly and systematically removed from the modern diet: food enzymes. While our foods are fortified with certain nutrients, like calcium, folic acid, vitamins D and B12, the food enzymes that were once found in the raw forms are not being replaced. Lab testing is needed to properly identify which enzymes an individual body is lacking and supplementation is required to properly nourish the body to reverse symptoms.
Having modified the diet and improved digestion, the attention must be turned to stress. Stress comes in three forms: mechanical, nutritional or emotional. Regardless of the kind of stress, the body always reacts the same way. Organs and organ systems respond to imbalances caused by stress by speeding up or slowing down, whichever is needed to return that balance within the cells and tissues back to normal. The speeding up or slowing down of organs produces noticeable symptoms.
Identifying exactly what nutrients are needed for exactly which tissues can be very difficult to ascertain, but the Food Enzyme Practitioners at Alo Health, LLC are trained to do just that with their specialized training.
Our Lab Test
Loomis 24 Hours Urinalysis
The 24 hour urinalysis according to Loomis is a very important test used as part of a method to determine enzyme deficiencies. This test is not a medical diagnostic test. It prognostic rather than diagnostic. It is fundamentally about Digestive Competency. In other words, this test provides foresight as to what may occur if diet and digestion are not adjusted accordingly. This test is not to be confused with the 24¬hour urinalysis test that is done by medical doctors to determine kidney function, or with the Reams urinalysis test, which is based on a single random catch and varies widely according to whether the person has recently eaten. Urine samples collected every two hours will be significantly different. Everything changes: the pH, specific gravity, calcium content and so on.
The Loomis method requires collection of all urine produced in 24 hours. These fluctuations are averaged to give a complete picture of digestive and absorptive functions. Looking at a Loomis 24¬hour urinalysis is also a functional way of examining the blood (the ECF or extracellular fluid). Why? The blood holds nutrients it needs and disposes of what it doesn’t want into the urine. If a substance does not appear in the urine, we know the blood needs it and has kept it. Conversely, sometimes we see higher levels of substances in the urine than should be there, plus things that shouldn’t be there at all (abnormal solutes). This indicates that the blood has disposed of them. The blood also takes what it needs from the cells. In fact, cells will sacrifice themselves to the blood in order to maintain homeostasis. Similarly, the blood also dumps what it doesn’t want into cells. Conclusively, if something unfavorable is found in the urine, it can also be found in the cells.
What can be measured in a urine analysis test?
By measuring total sediment we can see exactly which foods are being digested and which aren’t and what specific ratio of digestive food enzymes or enzyme combination formula is needed to correct this imbalance. There are four food enzymes required for bringing about optimal digestion and assimilation of nutrients, reducing stomach acidity and discomfort, restoring appetite, and assisting in balancing the body’s natural pH (acid/base) balance: Lipase for fats, protease for protein, amylase for carbohydrates, and cellulase for fiber.
1. Fats and fat soluble vitamins are digested by lipase enzymes. People deficient in lipase enzymes have a tendency towards: * High cholesterol, high triglycerides, difficulty losing weight, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Poor digestion of fats can cause a deficiency in essential fatty acids (EFA’s)? EFA’s take lubrication and moisture to the skin, preventing dryness; joints, preventing inflammation; and cardiovascular system, preventing heart disease. Fatty acids are the raw material the hormone glands use to make their hormones; a deficiency can cause hormone imbalance. EFA’s bind oxygen to hemoglobin increasing oxygenation and circulation which definitely decreases coldness in the hands and feet.
2. Poor digestion of proteins, either due to a deficiency of protease enzymes, or an imbalance in pH can create a variety of weaknesses or disease states, including:
- Loss of muscle mass (muscle wasting or breakdown and increase of fatty deposits).
- Poor recovery time after exercise.
- Hypoglycemia (blood sugar imbalances, sugar cravings, or mood swings).
- Poor utilization of calcium/magnesium. These minerals must bond with amino acids (proteins) to be fully assimilated for bone strength (prevention of osteoporosis, and arthritis); and calming the nervous system (prevention of anxiety, irritability, and insomnia).
3. Poor digestion of Carbohydrates, sugars and starches, are caused by a deficiency in amylase enzymes which can create symptoms such as:
- Abscesses, infections, and inflammation.
- Skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, hives, dermatitis, and herpes.
- Asthma, and emphysema (may be exacerbated by amylase deficiency).
4. Poor digestion of Fiber or Plant Substances are caused by a deficiency in cellulase enzymes (due to congenital defect or lack of raw food in the diet) and may cause a person to experience malabsorption syndrome:
- Increased sugar, dairy, gluten (wheat, oats, rye, barley) intolerance or allergy, which is associated with celiac disease, or Crohn’s disease.
- Abnormal gas, pain, and bloating.
- Impaired absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Calcium and Magnesium
The optimal levels and the correct ratio of calcium and magnesium are needed to support the skeletal, muscular, and nervous system. An imbalance in either can create anxiety, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, muscle tension, spasms, cramps, low back pain, constipation, hypertension, or heart palpitations.
Measuring Vitamin C
Optimal levels of vitamin C are needed in maintaining healthy connective tissue, adrenal glands, red blood cells and capillary walls. Vitamin C deficiency can cause bruising, joint pain, stiffness, gum disorders, lowered resistance to infections, slow healing of wounds and fractures, impaired digestion, shortness of breath, adrenal insufficiency, sore throat, laryngitis, tonsillitis, scurvy, weakness, aching joints, loss of bone mass, and tissue and collagen disorders.
Electrolyte or trace minerals
A deficiency in electrolytes can cause low energy, significant stress in brain, nerve and muscular function. Electrolyte deficiencies increase edema, bloating, water retention and even cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). A deficiency in electrolytes can also cause thyroid stress creating thickening and coarsening of the skin and other body tissues, obesity, hair loss, sensitivity to cold, muscle weakness, mental dullness, circulation problems such as cold hands and feet, edema, bruising, and increase in blood lipids and cholesterol.
Colon toxicity is caused by poor digestion, constipation, exposure to excessive chemicals in the water, food, and air, or drugs, yeast/candida, parasites or abnormal flora in the gut, and can be recognized in the urine analysis. Partially digested food may directly enter the blood, causing allergic food reactions. Undigested food may never be utilized by the body, instead it may decompose (rot) in the colon producing highly toxic substances which are then reabsorbed into the blood. This toxicity can present symptoms ranging from gas, diarrhea, constipation, bad breath, bloating, weight gain, allergies, asthma, arthritis, headaches, skin conditions, nervous system problems, and colon toxicity which are directly associated with low back pain and sciatica.
Alo Health, LLC provides nutritional consulting and health education and does not practice medicine. Alo Health, LLC does not diagnose illness or disease, treat illness or disease, prescribe medications, practice medicine or replace the care of a physician. Any mention of medications during the course of a health consultation or health education program is strictly for the purpose of completing a health history and not for assessing the appropriateness of the medication.