The supply of micronutrients is of fundamental importance.
Iron deficiency, for example, can cause a wide variety of symptoms such as fatigue, poor concentration, depression, headaches, neurological deficits and muscular illnesses.
But vitamin D, selenium, the B vitamins and zinc, for example, are also essential for trouble-free cell function and should therefore be determined in the blood.
An oral substitution with food supplements is often sufficient. In certain situations (e.g. serious deficiencies, disturbed absorption via the intestine, poor general condition) an intravenous substitution using infusions can be helpful. Much higher concentrations can be achieved in this way, and the materials are immediately available.
We have a wide range of amino acids, vitamins and trace elements available for administration in the form of very high-quality infusions (in-house production at Curafaktur Heilbronn).
Iron deficiency is one of the most common causes of lack of energy. Many women suffer from a so-called iron deficiency syndrome until menopause. But men, too, can suffer from iron deficiency when exposed to strong stressors (e.g. competitive sport).
The classic symptoms of iron deficiency syndrome are tiredness, a drop in performance, and depressiveness. Iron deficiency can also cause headaches, neck tension, dizziness, sleep disturbances, loss of hair and brittle nails. Anaemia only appears with a major iron deficiency.
Iron has many vital functions in the human body:
- Oxygen transporter in the red blood cells.
- Oxygen stores in the muscles.
- A component of the so-called cytochromes in the liver.
- Part of the respiration chain in the mitochondria.
The energy powerhouse of the cells, and thus a fundamental
prerequisite for energy production in the body.
- Important for the immune system.
Ferritin is involved in immune defence.
- Essential for cell division.
- Important for the brain.
Iron is required to form the myelin layer
that protects nerve fibres.
Iron deficiency is determined in the blood by assessing the ferritin value. Ferritin is a major form of iron storage.
The ferritin value from which one feels well varies from person to person. In our experience, a ferritin value should be no less than 50 ng/ml, while a value of more than 100 ng/ml is desirable. There are, however, people who feel best with a ferritin level of 150-200 ng/ml. Most men have ferritin values of between 150 and 350 ng/ml. We assess the ferritin value in our own clinic laboratory, and can quickly determine whether an iron infusion is indicated or not.
Iron in serum has no clinically relevant significance because it varies very greatly during the day.
It is almost impossible to balance iron deficiency by means of a capsule because iron is only very poorly absorbed via the intestines. It takes a long time, and many people tolerate iron capsules poorly. Optimum ferritin values cannot be achieved in this way. Just two or three iron infusions can achieve ‘real wonders’ if there is a ferritin deficiency.
Many regulatory processes only take place if there is a sufficient supply of iron. Other therapeutic measures work better when ferritin values are good, and they are also tolerated better.
We only carry out iron infusions with iron(III)oxide sucrose, because the risk of an allergic reaction is 25 times lower than with other iron infusions (e.g. Ferinject). There has never been an allergic reaction to an iron infusion in our clinic, although we have been administering many iron infusions every day for years.
One is what one eats …
Food should be rich in nutrients and fibre – and always organic if possible. In addition to physical activity, a healthy diet is essential for every healing process. The pleasure of eating and the social aspect of meals eaten together are also important.
FACTS WORTH KNOWING ABOUT NUTRITION:
Our food recommendation is based on the latest knowledge from research. But do not forget that diet is more than just the intake of food. A diet that is too strict can be very hard work – for you and those around you! One should not end up losing the pleasure and joy of eating.
- Digestion starts with chewing. Take your time, chew well and eat with pleasure.
- Every form of extreme diet is meaningless and leads to deficiencies in the long run.
- Strict bans lead to frustration and a lower quality of life. Exceptions are important for most people.
- Sugar and other rapidly digestible carbohydrates worsen the structure and function of the extracellular matrix, e.g. through over-acidification. Sugar also damages the intestinal flora, with a negative effect on the immune system.
Carbohydrates rich in fibre (e.g. wholemeal products) are nutritious for many extremely important bacterial strains in the intestinal microbiome. Carbohydrate is important as a supplier of energy but should principally be eaten in the form of complex carbohydrates, e.g. in wholemeal products and vegetables.
Fruit is delicious, but should be enjoyed in moderation because it principally contains fructose, a very rapidly digestible sugar that can, for example, lead to a fatty liver and diabetes when consumed in large quantities.
- Animal proteins are metabolised acidically and, above a certain amount, increase over-acidification of the tissues. We also take in growth factors such as IGF-1 (which can lead to overweight and can promote the growth of cancer cells if a cancer is present) from animal products (including milk products).
- Excessive saturated fatty acids (found particularly in butter, cheese and fatty meats) promote inflammation.
- Food intolerances due to a dysfunctional intestinal barrier maintain and promote chronic inflammation of the intestinal mucous membrane (silent inflammation) causing disturbances in the surrounding tissues and impairing immune capability.
We therefore investigate food intolerances in the blood and, if present, recommend avoiding the corresponding foods until the intestinal barrier is restored.
- Alcohol directly damages the intestinal flora, is degraded to sugar, strongly promotes the secretion of insulin and thus blocks the burning of fat. It is also a strong cytotoxin (cell poison) and promotes over-acidity.
Food should be rich in nutrients and fibre, in high-quality poly-unsaturated fatty acids (particularly omega-3 fatty acids) and low in animal protein and rapidly digestible carbohydrates. We can produce an individual diet plan for you.
REHABILITATION OF THE DISTURBED INTESTINAL ENVIRONMENT
“All disease begins in the gut.” (Hippocrates).
Indeed, we also regularly see a connection between the intestinal flora environment and our physical and mental wellbeing. Conversely, a disturbed intestinal environment can, for example, affect the functioning of the immune system and promote the development of illnesses.
During the last 10 years, the growth of knowledge in researching the microbiome has been greater than in almost any other field. One uses the expression ‘microbiome of the intestine’ to describe all the microorganisms that are settled in the intestine.
It is now possible to determine all of the roughly 500 different species that live in the intestine through the genetic analysis of faeces, providing very valuable information on the composition of our ‘companions’ – of which there are 100 times more than the total quantity of our own body cells.
These bacteria have many tasks: they stimulate the immune system, carry out detoxification (the intestine is the largest detoxification organ, not the liver and not the kidneys!), de-acidify, form vitamins and nourish the intestinal mucous membrane. Some bacterial strains, however, can be harmful for people and form, for example, toxins that can lead to fatigue, depression and even dementia.
So it is of prime importance for us to live with the ‘right’ bacteria. These form a lawn of bacteria that compares well with a garden lawn. Bacteriodetes, lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, in particular, suppress harmful bacterial strains. They form the so-called intestinal barrier.
If the intestinal barrier is disturbed (so-called leaky gut syndrome) food constituents can erroneously come into contact with the intestinal immune system and excessively activate it, resulting in a chronic inflammation of the intestinal mucous membrane (silent inflammation). Chronic inflammation processes promote numerous chronic illnesses all the way up to cancer. They also use up energy and can be felt in the form of diminished performance. Because this is a creeping process we often only take this lack of energy seriously very late as we have become accustomed to it.
Chronic inflammation of the intestinal mucous membrane can be diagnosed with a stool analysis (see ‘Diagnosis’).
The most important measure for restoring intestinal health is an inflammation-inhibiting diet. Whereby those foods that the blood analysis has shown that the body is intolerant to must be avoided for several months.
Fundamentally, the following foods must be avoided during the 6-week intestinal treatment:
- free sugars
- milk products
- large quantities of fruit
- large quantities of meat and fish
- processed meats
On the basis of the microbiome analysis, we also put together a therapy with prebiotics and probiotics, amino acids, lecithin, etc., which together help regenerate the intestinal mucous membrane.
You will find that you feel much better after just a few weeks. After 6 weeks the diet can slowly be expanded again.