5 Vitamins and Minerals for a healthy immune system

‘Immunity’ is the latest buzz word. From the time this novel virus has made its way into our lives, everyone is concerned about their immune system. People are discussing this healthcare jargon as if it were a newly introduced health agenda. It has always been of prime importance when it comes to leading a disease-free life. 

But do they really know the actual meaning of the term ‘Immunity?’. Ok, so let us break this to you.

Immunity is the ability of our body to protect itself and provide resistance from infectious and toxic threats.

How does our body develop this ability? With the help of a functioning immune system, the body produces specific antibodies to fight against the external invaders. Antibodies are proteins which bind to the foreign materials and counteract their actions. 

At large,the immune system is composed of special organs, cells and chemicals that fight infection. The main parts of the immune system are: white blood cells (WBCs), antibodies, the complement system, the lymphatic system, the spleen, the thymus, and the bone marrow. 

Operation of each and every organ system of our body is dependent on a continuous supply of nutrients (vitamins and minerals), either through food or supplementation. 

Here are 5 important vitamins and minerals required for smooth working of the immune system, 

  1. Good quality protein 

Amino acids are building blocks of proteins and all the essential amino acids should be ensured from the foods we eat because the body cannot synthesize them. These essential amino acids work by producing and activating the antibodies and helps in fighting off infections (1).  Good quality clean protein in the form of free range animal meat (‘Clean protein’- free range animals raised without injected hormones, antibiotics or other chemicals), unpasteurized, locally procured dairy products (milk, curd) provide all the essential amino acids. 

  1. Vitamin D

Also known as the ‘sunshine’ vitamin, it is considered as the most important immunonutrient. Vitamin D has been used (unknowingly) to treat infections before the advent of effective antibiotics. So much so that Cod liver oil, a rich source of vitamin D has also been employed as a treatment for tuberculosis as well as for general increased protection from infections (2). Owing to the current situations of being locked down at our places, making it difficult to get our daily quota of vitamin D via sunlight exposure, deficiency of this utterly important immunity-building nutrient ought to occur. So tribe, make sure you take your daily doses of Vitamin D.

  1. B-complex vitamins 

Vitamin B-complex is a group of nutrients belonging to the B family. Of this family, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, Folate, B12 are the ones significantly. In general, B-complex vitamins function by energizing the body, regulating biological responses, making new red blood cells, transporting oxygen throughout the body, reducing the risk of anemia, thereby imparting the immune system adequate strength and operating optimally against attackers.

  1. Magnesium 

Production and activity of the different immune cells are affected by the availability of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is associated with impaired function of the different immune responses which affect the immune status of your body (3). 

Moreover, one of the most important roles of Mg is assisting the conversion of Vitamin D to its active form, therefore contributing to improved immunity.

  1. Zinc 

Zinc is known to play a central role in the immune system, and zinc-deficient people experience increased susceptibility to a variety of pathogens. Zinc is crucial for normal development and function of cells mediating immune responses such as neutrophils and natural killer cells(4). 

These nutrients hold great promise in improving the immune status of our body and preventing infectious viral/bacterial diseases. However, a healthy immune system doesn’t happen by accident. Everyday dietary habits directly affect how protected the body is and it is dependent on a balance of all minerals and vitamins.

References: 

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17403271/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3166406/
  3. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J053v02n03_07?journalCode=wzni20
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9701160/#:~:text=It%20is%20clear%20that%20zinc,neutrophils%20and%20natural%20killer%20cells
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Ria has a Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics and is in a permanent research mode and keeps the rest of us at ThriveFNC updated with her latest findings in the field of Nutrition. Her articles on ThriveFNC’s blog are an expression of her research findings. We really don’t know what we’d do without her support and her focus.
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Thrive’s 6 week Post-COVID Care Solution

What is Post-COVID syndrome (PCS)?


In the past year, we have seen many people are facing long-lasting health effects of COVID-19. There are several health issues that we have seen persist more than four weeks after being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19; collectively known as Post-COVID Syndrome (PCS). Also known as Long COVID these symptoms can appear even weeks after infection.

What Causes Post-COVID Syndrome?

Post-COVID syndrome is largely attributed to direct attack by the virus, low blood oxygen levels, cytokine storm (causing a great deal of inflammation throughout the body), nutrient depletion and blood clots that might clog different organs. 

People with long COVID report experiencing different combinations of the following symptoms across different organ systems:

Post-COVID gastrointestinal symptoms: Problems with nutrient absorption, Loss of smell or taste, nausea, abdominal discomfort, loss of appetite, persistent diarrhoea.

Post-COVID respiratory symptoms: Tiredness or fatigue, Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, Vomiting, Cough, Fever.

Post-COVID Cardiovascular symptoms: Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations), Chest pain, Chronic fatigue, Abnormal heart rate, Chest pain, High blood pressure.

Post-COVID neurological symptoms: Difficulty thinking or concentrating (sometimes referred to as ‘brain fog’), Headache, Dizziness on standing.

Post-COVID kidney and liver damage.

This syndrome can also include multi-organ conditions that occur after COVID-19, like multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS) and autoimmune conditions. MIS is a condition where different body parts can become swollen. Autoimmune conditions happen when your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake, causing painful swelling in the affected parts of the body.

PCS is not limited to those who had a severe case of COVID. Even patients who have had minor bouts with COVID may continue to experience generalized fatigue, brain fog and other issues.

Thrive’s 6 week PCS Care Solution

Addressing these health issues requires a multidisciplinary approach that has been used by Thrive’s long before COVID. We are bringing that same approach to patients who are facing the complicated aftereffects of COVID, with Thrive’s Post-COVID Recovery Program - PCS Care

Our expert team is dedicated to guiding you through every step of the Post-COVID Syndrome recovery. With PCS Care, we tailor your care plan to address specific aftereffects of COVID you are experiencing.

  1. Based on a thorough assessment from blood tests, symptomatic analysis and prior health history, we get a full picture of the patient’s current health status
  2. Corrective action through personalized food and nutrient plan to correct deficiencies, prevent cytokine storms and clots, reverse inflammation, and calmly boost the immune system without aggravating it.
  3. Use food, herbs and nutrients to bring back energy levels and eliminate post-COVID fatigue
  4. Harness other modalities such as meditation, breath work, sunlight exposure to bring back mental acuity and improve cognitive function (most people experience brain fog)
  5. Real time support and hand holding via whatsapp/ calls
  6. Assessment at end of 6 weeks to provide roadmap for future

Duration: 6 WEEKS

Price: INR 14,999

Reach out to us on 7796692504 (Call/WhatsApp) and email your blood tests to analysis@thrivefnc.com

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5 things Doctors don’t want you to know (About their knowledge of Nutrition)

As doctors keep your problems confidential, they often also keep their problems a secret to the outside world. If they let you know their every thought, you might trust them less. They are not experts for every health problem, especially when it comes to lifestyle diseases. These are chronic, food-driven conditions and can be reversed, if dealt with closely. 

Here are top 5 things your doctor does not want you to know about their Nutrition knowledge.

  1. Not specialists in Nutrition science

This fact stands true and proves that doctors have a dearth of Nutrition knowledge- Education/ training in nutrition. A doctor, throughout his course of MBBS or the other related courses, undergoes approx 2-hours training on the subject of Nutrition. Quite less as compared to a full-blown Nutrition degree program!

Nutrition and Dietetics programs typically involve either 3‐year Bachelor’s and 2‐year Master’s level training to develop competence and enable accreditation in providing dietary counselling services and medical nutrition therapy to patients. It is therefore understandable that doctors report having a lack of confidence and knowledge or indeed the complex skills required for effective, person‐centered nutrition counselling.

ThriveFNC’s is a team of qualified Functional Nutritionists who’ve excelled in their work by helping people reverse their chronic, debilitating lifestyle conditions and giving them a deep hope of living healthy.

  1. Root cause analysis 

Doctors often order medical (blood) tests and fail to address them optimally. By giving just a superficial look at  the deranged tests, they try to fix the problem primarily with medications and at best with their super-speedy-general dietary advice.

Your blood report is the way your body speaks. It reveals the overall internal health and helps you find out a lot of information and processes that might be going wrong inside the body. At ThriveFNC, a thorough blood report analysis forms the very first step of finding the root causes of all the lifestyle- related problems followed by a detailed explanation of the same.

(Click on the link to know what CBC tell you about your health: https://www.thrivefnc.com/blog/things-you-need-to-know-about-cbc/)

It sometimes also happens that your doctor might give you a mis-diagnosis or an extreme diagnosis while the problem is totally due to faulty eating and lifestyle practices. So you should really be aware of whom you put your trust when trying to deal with lifestyle problems.

  1. Time constraints

On an average a doctor does not spend more than 5 minutes with his patients. Dietary and lifestyle plans in just 5 minutes? Does not sound like a disease-healing plan! Although patients trust their doctor and hold their advice in high regard, their doctor might not have the time and skills to effectively communicate optimal diet advice that can enable their patients to make behavioral change.

  1. One-on-one healing approach

Your doctor may not really have time for diet counselling because it requires proper intervention and one-on-one connection in order to counsel people with correct dietary choices. This can only be done by expert nutrition coaches who spend time onto and have relevant experience of coaching and counseling people.

Our coaches are expert Functional Nutritionists and follow an one-on-one healing approach to reversing lifestyle problems as opposed to a 5-minute generalised advice by a doctor.

One thing that we have discovered and your doctors definitely do not want you to know is that one-on-one healing approach involves bio-individuality which is the most sustainable way of addressing and treating any health issue.

  1. Medications create a havoc, until absolutely necessary

Doctors are pundits when it comes to suppressing symptoms of a health problem. They think by waving the magic wand of prescribing various drugs, they are doing good if not the best to help the patient. This is, however, deteriorating conditions all the more because lifestyle diseases can easily be treated, or even reversed with a dietary regimen alone.

Long-term intake of certain drugs, for e.g NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) cause hormonal imbalances, massive gut health issues which further result in poor immunity.

One of the main objectives of nutrition coaches at ThriveFNC is to bring down and eventually stop the use of medications with its tailor-made protocols.

ThriveFNC is a functional nutrition based healing approach which involves a holistic and comprehensive process of dietary and lifestyle protocols, which makes it possible for us to heal all the modern day diseases efficiently. With our unique, real time response and one-on-one strategies, ThriveFNC holds and stands by the ‘disease-reversal’ claim adeptly.

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Ria has a Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics and is in a permanent research mode and keeps the rest of us at ThriveFNC updated with her latest findings in the field of Nutrition. Her articles on ThriveFNC’s blog are an expression of her research findings. We really don’t know what we’d do without her support and her focus.
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3 crucial steps in the process of Thrive

Thrive uses Functional Nutrition as your healing foundation to ensure that partnering with us gives you the roadmap for a sustainable health and wellness journey for life. It’s one of our core values to offer stellar disease reversal and wellness service to our clients by making their journey completely personalised, and aided by a comprehensive support system. 

With the help of these 3 crucial steps, your health journey with Thrive becomes like no other:

Thrive is an expert when it comes to reversing chronic lifestyle diseases because it starts with finding all the possible root causes of that disease. We go beyond treating your symptoms, by getting to the cause of the disease; ensuring that our treatment doesn’t stop till all the root causes are worked upon comprehensively, thus assuring you a symptom-free life.

Every client is assigned a personal health coach, who not only tracks your day to day journey, but also advises you in dealing with real time, lifestyle challenges. Our coaches become your therapists, not just for your health, but for your overall mental and emotional journey. Our focus is on becoming the support system that most people lack. We go beyond your blood work data, to create a strong relationship of trust, knowledge sharing and emotional support. Our coaches guide you, lift you up on difficult days, and ensure that you achieve your health goals.This unique, one-one-one approach of healing keeps you motivated, all day, everyday!

Thrive gives you the whole wellness package with Functional Nutrition, mental wellness guidance, lifestyle change tips, delicious and simple diet guides, community connections with other Thrive clients, and special events like free workout sessions with fitness experts. We empower you with every resource that helps you own your body in the most sustainable way. With its holistic care involving the power of FOOD and mind-body-soul healing, Thrive makes you a warrior, being able to swiftly go through any health crises in life.

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Ria has a Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics and is in a permanent research mode and keeps the rest of us at ThriveFNC updated with her latest findings in the field of Nutrition. Her articles on ThriveFNC’s blog are an expression of her research findings. We really don’t know what we’d do without her support and her focus.
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5 ways Thrive can help you regain your health

Thrive is a whole lot more than Functional Nutrition. It helps you improve not only your physical health, but provides you with an ultimate, life-changing experience which makes you want to love your body, for your body is a temple you should worship. Here are 5 ways Thrive can help you recreate an optimal health like no other.

  1. Root cause analysis

Treatment of any health condition requires going to the depth of what is actually causing it. Just checking the symptoms can be misleading in some cases, but your blood reports never lie. At Thrive, we dig deep into finding all the possible root causes of all your deranged parameters and fix them in a way that is sustainable. But how?? Read the next sections.

  1. Individual-specific approach

Giving out food advice without considering individual makeup is a big No-No. It’s a well known but often overlooked fact that diseases don’t happen overnight. They creep up and become the silent killers that lifestyle diseases are known to be. These diseases affect every person differently and needless to say this individual-specific approach has been working the best for the overall healing of clients at Thrive.

  1. Going beyond coaching

At Thrive, the Functional Nutritionists are beyond coaches because coaching at Thrive comes with all the necessary hand holding that is needed in order to follow the steps needed to achieve your desired health goal. Your health coaches, at some point, become your therapists during an emotional setback; Your friend when you want to share something new. They will support you with whatever that is drawing you away from your health goal.

  1. Real time response

The 3-month health journey with Thrive is a ‘No- prior appointment’ event. To put it in short, When in doubt, call Thrive. Real time response is the USP of Thrive. We believe that working towards your health should be an effortless experience and we are all in with you in this. Let’s say, a party is coming up where you are awaited eagerly and this becomes an unavoidable situation. In such cases, you can immediately contact your health coach and he/she will guide you to choose the best suited foods available without letting you compromise on your social life. Sounds cool, right!

  1. Mind, body, soul healing

This is the most significant part of signing up with Thrive for regaining your health. Everyone is made to be disease-free and it is each and every person’s sole right to lead a disease free life. It is impossible to bring changes in the physical symptoms if your mind and soul are not brought together. A holistic approach to bring about an overall healing. Meditating and reading books that would assist in calming your mind and soul forms an integral part of the comprehensive care provided at Thrive.

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Top 8 Benefits of Sunlight

In the past, benefits of sun exposure were thought to be limited only to vitamin D. Below are the top 5 benefits of being in sunlight, apart from getting the immunity boosting-bone protecting-anticancer agent vitamin D.

  1. Helps in decreasing high blood pressure and glucose intolerance

UV radiation from the sun induces the production of nitric oxide (NO) which is responsible for a variety of effects such as vasodilation, meaning widening of blood vessels, with a consequent decrease of blood pressure.

  1. Release of the ‘feel-good’ hormone- Endorphin

It has been found that UV rays from the sun can cause release of endorphins in the body. These are the ‘feel-good’ hormones which are released whenever there is a rewarding state. So folks, those times when you feel low or depressed you know what to do! 

  1. Acts as an analgesic- pain reliever

Noteworthy properties of sunlight exposure include its analgesic effects. In a prospective study of patients undergoing spinal surgery, when exposed to 46% higher intensity of natural sunlight during their hospital recovery period, perceived marginally less pain and required use of fewer analgesic medications (6).

  1. Helps improve sleep

Solar exposure helps in improving sleep by the effect of melatonin. It is a hormone produced in the skin through sun exposure and which helps with inducing sleep. UV rays induce the production of melatonin along with regulation of the circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is the body’s internal clock which manages the sleep-wake cycle.

  1. Helps with the autoimmune responses

It is known that both UVA and UVB have a direct immunity suppressing effect. This mechanism may explain the benefit of sun exposure in the protection from certain autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis.

  1. Helps in enhancing mood

Being in sunlight triggers the release of brain hormones too, one of them is serotonin. Sunshine is thought to increase the levels of serotonin in the brian which is associated with boosting mood and helping you feel calm and focused.

  1. Improves Cognitive function

In terms of cognitive benefits, a study published in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience found that subjects who were exposed to six hours of sunlight felt significantly more alert at the beginning of the evening and less sleepy at the end of the evening compared with those who were exposed to artificial light.

  1. Great impact on human life span

A study from the journal Medical Hypotheses concluded that specific wavelengths of UVR, experienced at critical times in development as at conception or early gestation, and with specific intensity or rate of change, modulates the expression of human diseases and affect the length of our lives (7).

Lastly, in what might be one of the most phenomenal discoveries of our time, findings point to man’s ability to derive energy directly from the sun- a constant, daily, guaranteed source of energy.

Now that we’ve discussed the benefits of sunlight exposure, the main question that arises is what about skin cancer? Well, for every person who dies of skin cancer, more than 100 die from cardiovascular diseases. Melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers, accounts for only 1-3 percent of diagnosed cases; and curiously, Jacobsen reports (8), people who work outdoors have half the melanoma rate of indoor workers. Is skin cancer something to be afraid of? Or is it an unnecessary fear-mongering campaign vilifying sunlight exposure created by the sunscreen industry?

Sunlight reduces the risk of prostate, breast, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers. It improves circadian rhythms. It reduces inflammation and dampens autoimmune responses. It improves virtually every mental condition you can think of. And it’s free.

Skeptical? Just think how our ancestors lived in bygone centuries. They were outside all the time in hot and cold climates, relying on melanin as a natural protector for the skin. Jacobsen writes, "Our dark-skinned African ancestors produced so much melanin that they never had to worry about the sun." Melanin, the central pigment within our skin, and distributed throughout our bodies, is one of the most interesting biomolecules identified thus far.

Melanin’s proposed ability to convert sunlight into metabolic energy—akin to the way chlorophyll harvests sunlight in plants—means that our species should be reclassified from heterotrophic to photoheterotrophic, and, even more significantly, may raise the prospect that melanin offers protection against ionizing radiation while transforming it into metabolically useful energy.

It turns out that getting a bit of sunlight on your bare skin, without a protective layer of sunscreen, offers numerous health benefits. 

References:

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/nomanazish/2018/02/28/why-sunlight-is-actually-good-for-you/?sh=167442e95cd9
  2. https://www.treehugger.com/great-sunscreen-fallacy-lack-sun-exposure-might-be-killing-us-4856325
  3. https://www.karger.com/Article/Fulltext/441266
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6830553/#:~:text=The%20most%2Drecognized%20benefits%20of,treatment%20of%20seasonal%20affective%20disorder.
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27876126/
  6. https://scihub.wikicn.top/10.1097/01.psy.0000149258.42508.70 
  7. https://scihub.wikicn.top/10.1016/j.mehy.2010.01.015 
  8. https://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/richard-weller%28b59ff560-1756-497d-81d8-ab17082a4f5b%29.html
  9. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0026702
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How to recover quickly from Covid-19 weakness?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The health complications attributed to the virus include pneumonia, respiratory failure, heart problems, liver problems, gastrointestinal distress, septic shock, and death. These complications are known to be caused by a condition known as ‘cytokine storm’. In this condition, an infection triggers your immune system to fill the bloodstream with inflammatory proteins called cytokines. These cytokines can kill tissue and damage your organs.

Depending on your age and underlying metabolic condition, Covid-19 infected people have shown various rates of recovery. On an average, the recovery is above 95% in most cases except the very old/ elderly patients. 

Despite this high recovery rate, the one trend that seems to be emerging though is that most COVID-19 patients do not seem to fully get back their pre-covid vitality. 

Some complain of lingering chronic fatigue symptoms, weakness and exhaustion and others struggle with mental health problems. These COVID-19 ‘long haulers’ face fatigue, breathlessness, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, brain fog, depression, anxiety and/or chronic pain for three weeks or even longer.

Is this because of the experimental drug regime that’s being used in hospitals, is it because of depletion of nutrients from the body in fighting an infection or is it because of social isolation (which is known to trigger inflammation in human beings), or is it because of the psychological impact of the all pervasive media induced fear or is it because of all of these factors put together? 

In the past, research has found an interesting link and compelling connection between poor gut health and chronic fatigue and mental health problems. Interestingly, coronavirus uses the ACE2 receptor to gain entry into the cell, and the greatest number of ACE2 receptors are found in the cells that line your gut. The infection, thus, then spreads and affects the gut microbiome. Altered gut bacteria is found to be one of causes of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and related symptoms. Incidentally, your gut microbiome is also known to influence your mental health, and has been linked to depression and anxiety and a large portion of your immune system also resides in your gut.

Whatever the root causes for the long term health complications that seem to be arising post a Covid-19 infection, here are some recommendations from Thrive that will speed up your recovery. 

With a well mapped out holistic plan that focuses on food, supplements, movement along with fixing internal dysfunctions, recovering from Covid-19 doesn’t have to take you too long. Reach out to us if you need to talk to us, we’d be more than happy to help you recover quickly.

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10 Reasons Why Conventional Medicine Cannot Solve Chronic Diseases

What is conventional medicine and why is it not the answer for solving chronic diseases?

Conventional medicine is a system in which doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery. One might also hear it called as Allopathic medicine/ Western medicine/ Orthodox medicine/ Mainstream medicine/ Biomedicine or something also as a Standard medical care.

But after all these years this so-called ‘standard care’ has proven unsuitable for the treatment of chronic diseases. But why? You will find out soon.

First of, as CDC defines them, Chronic Diseases are conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both. These are consequences of risk behaviours like poor dietary choices, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, stress, excessive alcoholism and smoking, too much use of electronics and more. The major chronic diseases are known to be-

Also known as non-communicable diseases (NCDs), these are responsible for more than half of total deaths each year worldwide, and the incidence has grown tremendously over the last fifty years. (Chronic diseases aka NCDs are non-infectious health conditions that cannot be spread from person to person usually resulting from genetic, physiological, lifestyle, and environmental factors).

Indians need to think deeply about chronic diseases given India’s rising distinction of becoming the diabetes capital of the world. At the present stage, chronic diseases account for 53 percent of total deaths each year in India, which is expected to grow up to 67 percent by 2030.

Now, conventional medicine evolved during a time when the leading causes of death were acute, infectious diseases. Today things aren’t quite so simple. People, now-a-days visit a doctor not only for acute problems but also for the chronic ones. This complicates matters because chronic diseases are difficult to manage, expensive to treat, require more than just a doctor and typically last for a lifetime. Here are 10 pitfalls of conventional medicine and why it is not the ideal option when it comes to treating chronic diseases:

  1. Failing to address the root cause of problems

Conventional medicine focuses on treating a particular disease by suppressing the symptoms rather than addressing or finding the root cause of the disease. For e.g., there is rarely any serious investigation into why your blood sugar or blood pressure is high in the first place. 

  1. Failing to apply the right way of treatment

New technological inventions have been adopted as a part of conventional medicine treatment and are doing some stunning things with the potential to fight cancer, reattaching limbs, to name a few. These technical approaches, however, might not be the best ones to cure or treat a chronic disease because more than 85% of these are caused by poor lifestyle and dietary behaviours.

  1. Misconception about being a  ‘cure all’ model

As we can see during the time when conventional medicine evolved, the treatment was relatively simple. For e.g., back when someone developed Pneumonia or other acute problems, he went to see a doctor, got an antibiotic and either got well or died. This kept on evolving the same way, catching people’s attention as if it were to reverse all the health problems there are, in short, being a cure-all model. However, it fails miserably when it comes to curing lifestyle driven diseases such as diabetes or obesity.

  1. Low quality primary care

Chronic diseases are difficult to manage and require special attention. In a hospital set up, a doctor typically has to deal over hundreds of patients on a daily basis. If a patient has multiple chronic conditions, is taking several medications, and presents with new symptoms, it is nearly impossible to provide quality care during that 5-minute visit.

  1. Unsustainable treatment quality

Statins are widely prescribed to lower “risk” and “risk factors” that are involved in heart disease. But do these liver-toxic drugs hold demonstrable therapeutic potential? Not so much. Same with other medications, most of them only suppress the symptoms simultaneously causing liver and kidney damage

  1. Very less emphasis on diet and lifestyle changes

The risk factors of chronic diseases boil down to people making wrong choices about diet, physical activity, sleep, stress management, etc.—over and over again, throughout a lifetime. As it works, once a disease is identified, medications are prescribed as a treatment strategy. There is hardly any time or attention that is given to discussing diet and lifestyle that might be contributing to the existing problem. Besides, nutritional deficiencies, toxins, heavy metals, antinutrients, food contamination, lack of sleep and other major drivers of poor health and disease  are also not addressed in the conventional medicine treatment strategy.

  1.  A mechanistic approach

Conventional medicine does not see an individual human as a whole and thus does not consider his/her physical, psychological, social and spiritual make-up.The patient presents his body to the doctor as he would his watch to a watchmaker or his car to a mechanic so the expert can fix, add, remove, replace, tighten, loosen,adjust or recharge whatever piece needs work so that the machine functions as it should. 

  1. Too much reliance on scientific methods/knowledge

Conventional medicine firmly believes that, apart from scientific knowledge, no other form of knowledge is valid because only scientific knowledge is true and real. In contrast, traditional medicine is the fruit of hundreds of years of observation by hundreds of practitioners helping thousands of patients in actual life situations.  

  1. High dependency and prescription of medications (drugs, pills)

The conventional medical system is designed to keep you on pills, very expensive pills, as if the economy needs you to be sick, to stay on these pills so that Big Pharma executives can get filthy rich.

  1. Lack of transparency

Ever tried finding prices for the various healthcare services provided by the hospitals  or their performance reviews? Such information is only available for automobiles, hotels and so on. This lack of transparency is one of the important things for conventional medicine to be questioned for. Doctors are often indemnified from health issues arising due to malpractices in patient care. Besides which iatrogenic deaths ( aka deaths caused by medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of deaths in hospitalized patients). It’s not surprising that even with the Covid-19 plandemic, patients that self-isolated and home quarantined themselves had much better outcomes than the ones that got hospitalized and were put on ventilators and experimental drugs

This is a gap that Functional medicine and Functional nutrition fills in  beautifully. We aim at addressing the imbalances in the body by restoring function through food, lifestyle and supplement interventions. We transform dysfunctioning bodily systems into optimal, functional healthy systems which is the only permanent and sustainable solution. 

References-

  1. https://kresserinstitute.com/two-reasons-conventional-medicine-will-never-solve-chronic-diseas/
  2. https://drcrisafi.com/en/article/conventional-medicine-why-it-is-failing
  3. https://www.amymyersmd.com/article/conventional-medicine-failed-my-mission/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6894631/
  5. https://pullenouthestops.com/pros-cons-medicine/
  6. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2729795
  7. https://thedrswolfson.com/8-ways-conventional-medicine-failing/
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The Reality of Health Related Productivity Loss

With the lockdowns, most Indian employees have had the longest working hours compared to their global peers.  Current estimates show that Indian employees are now averaging nearly 60-72 hour work weeks while working from home. In addition, dealing with the stresses and pressures of their job has had enormous negative impacts upon their health.

Even pre-covid-19, the WHO reported a tenfold increase in the incidence of diabetes, from 1.2% of Indians in 1971 to 12.1% in 2000. A 2018 Optum Health Risk Assessment survey with 800,000 respondents from over 70 Indian employers found that over half of professionals suffer from high stress.

Pre-covid forecasts had estimated that the GDP Burden of Chronic diseases in India would $ 4.28 Trillion by 2030. In addition $153 Billion Per Year were the total annual costs arising from absenteeism due to chronic health conditions. These numbers have only changed for the worse in today’s scenario. 

The WEF/Harvard study mentions that 42% of Indian business leaders have serious concerns about the impact of chronic illnesses on revenue, profitability and productivity. 

The lack of employees’ physical activity (62%) and stress (55%) are the top lifestyle risk factors identified by employers in India, according to the India Health and Wellbeing Study by Willis Towers Watson. The other top concerns were obesity (43%), followed by poor financial wellbeing (27%) and tobacco use(25%).

To add to this, now there is a perennial scare of ‘death by a virus’. What data has shown us is that lifestyle diseases, specifically diabetes,  heart disease, hypertension are major risk factors for developing severe symptoms of COVID-19 and for increased mortality.

Even before this scare, lifestyle disease had become the world’s biggest killers, leading to 71 percent of all deaths in 2018. Sixty-three percent of all deaths in India are attributed to lifestyle diseases, with 23 percent at risk of premature deaths.

Our country is estimated to have over 8 crore hypertension patients, and around 7.29 crore diabetes cases among adults.

We now know that people who have underlying medical conditions including heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer, and hypertension face higher odds of getting really sick or dying because they make our immune systems grow weaker, which makes it more challenging to fight off infectious diseases.

The risk for positive COVID-19 diagnosis is higher in people with weak immune defenses. Adding to the burden can be emotional stress, lack of sleep and physical exhaustion, which can further make one prone to diseases by weakening immunity.

For a typical senior corporate employee there always are never ending deadlines with a mounting pressure to increase productivity along with the high stress of adapting to a remote working environment leads him/her to make some really detrimental choices which includes consuming multiple cups of tea and coffee, eating poor quality food and smoking just to get through the day. Does this sound familiar?

Since work is so arduous, you often feel like you’ve earned the right to indulge, because sometimes dinner is the only good part of your day, you might ‘treat’ yourself to unhealthy stuff. Which will eventually lead to elevated blood cholesterol, high homocysteine, fatty liver, high blood pressure, and this in turn reduces your work related productivity even further. 

Chronic diseases often advance silently and without warning plus most people are unaware of their poor state of health because they make up for lack of energy, fatigue etc with stimulants such as tea/ coffee and cigarettes.

The reality of health-related productivity loss cannot be dismissed. What are your hidden chronic health problems costing you and your organization?

Reach out to us to find out how you and ThriveFNC can partner towards creating a healthier, vibrant, energetic (minus stimulants) working day!

Who knows how profitable that might turn out to be for you?

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Ria Jain
With a Master’s degree in nutrition and two decades’ experience in health and wellness, Mugdha has successfully healed many people at ThriveFNC since 2017. Mugdha herself was struggling with finding solutions when her health took a nosedive. With modern principles of functional medicine and ancient wisdom about food, paired with spirituality, she beat several chronic illnesses.
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