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Metabolism refers to how energy is used in the body. Many people think of metabolism as how easily we can lose weight, but it is actually more complex. A healthy metabolism is one that can take nutrients from the food we eat and utilize it the way our bodies require. An example of this is diabetes, where the cells are is unable to take in sugar which is needed to fuel the cell. Or in the case of osteoporosis, where a deficiency of calcium intake or absorption can lead to brittle bones. A health metabolism is also able to store and burn fat in healthy ways, build muscle when needed, and help us maintain a healthy weight.

Our hormones often affect our metabolism, such as with an under-functioning thyroid, and can also affect our energy levels, as with hypothyroidism and adrenal disorders. The hormone cortisol has been in the media recently, dubbed “the fat hormone”, it can impact abdominal obesity and make it more difficult to lose weight.

Some metabolic and hormonal disorders include:

  • Weight management problems
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Adrenal fatigue

Naturopathic Treatment

Weight management strategies are well supported with Naturopathic treatments, as it often requires a combination of dietary guidelines, exercise regimen, stress management, nutritional supplements, and someone you can lean on for support, guidance and motivation. These strategies are also an important part of a treatment protocol for diabetes management, along with a number of highly effective therapies that can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and can even help certain individuals reduce their reliance on pharmaceutical medications.

Many other metabolic and hormonal disorders respond very well to Naturopathic Medicine because each condition is treated from the root – whether it means supplementing a missing nutrient, tonifying an organ, or working with optimizing specific chemical processes in the body. Your Naturopathic Doctor will determine the best course of treatment for you based on an individual assessment, taking into account the use of laboratory results and findings from a physical exam, as necessary.

Examples of Naturopathic Treatments:

  • Dietary guidelines for diabetes
  • Complex mineral supplement for osteoporosis
  • Stress management for adrenal fatigue leading to weight gain
  • Iodine and herbal supplementation for hypothyroidism
  • Acupuncture for adrenal fatigue

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