Body Systems

Our bodies are individually complex and composed of many crucial body systems that allow us to go about our daily activities.  The varied and equally complex issues we can potentially experience throughout our bodies can present challenges for which professional guidance and direction is necessary to address effectively.  Specialized Body System products with targeted application to address individual needs are available at Season's. The categories below identify some of the primary areas of focus and we hope that we are able to provide a level of understanding regarding product application in those areas.

CARDIOVASCULAR

The cardiovascular system consists of the heart, blood vessels, and the approximately 5 liters of blood that the blood vessels transport. Responsible for transporting oxygen, nutrients, hormones, and cellular waste products throughout the body, the cardiovascular system is powered by the body’s hardest-working organ — the heart, which is only about the size of a closed fist. Even at rest, the average heart easily pumps over 5 liters of blood throughout the body every minute.

Sadly, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the three leading causes of death in Canada (based on 2008 data, the latest year available from Statistics Canada). There are, however, tremendous opportunities to address CVD and achieve superior cardiovascular health. Season’s @ Integrated Health Clinic provides a line of products targeting risk factors that, under the direction of your naturopathic doctor, can significantly improve your cardiovascular health.

Link to more information on cardiovascular health:

www.integratedhealthclinic.com/_treatment/cardiacHealth.htm

Professional Lines by: Nordic Naturals, Xymogen, Metagenics, Restorative Formulations

Eat well...feed your heart.


GASTROINTESTINAL

The gastrointestinal or digestive system is a group of organs working together to convert food into energy and basic nutrients to feed the entire body. Food passes through a long tube inside the body known as the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). The GI tract is made up of the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestines, and large intestines. In addition to the GI tract, there are several important accessory organs that help your body to digest food including the teeth, tongue, salivary glands, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

The digestive system is responsible for taking whole foods and turning them into energy and nutrients to allow the body to function, grow, and repair itself. The six primary processes of the digestive system include:

  1. Ingestion of food
  2. Secretion of fluids and digestive enzymes
  3. Mixing and movement of food and wastes through the body
  4. Digestion of food into smaller pieces
  5. Absorption of nutrients
  6. Excretion of wastes

The professionally guided use of the naturopathic supplements therapeutic regimens available at Season’s can help you stave off GI issues and maintain digestive health.

Professional Lines by: Thorne, Vitazan, AOR

Eat well...stay regular


MUSCULOSKELETAL

All the bones, cartilage, muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments in our bodies compose what is known as the musculoskeletal system. The bones provide the body with a framework, giving it shape and support; they also serve as protection for internal organs such as the lungs and liver. Muscles are fibers that help to make deliberate movement of a body part or involuntary movement within an internal organ possible.

Musculoskeletal disorders are among the most common of human afflictions. They affect all age groups and frequently cause disability, impairments, and handicaps. They consist of a variety of different diseases that cause pain or discomfort in the bones, joints, muscles, or surrounding structures, and they can be acute or chronic, focal, or diffuse.

Fractures, pulled muscles, arthritis, osteoporosis, and tendonitis are some of the most common musculoskeletal disorders we experience. Proactive measure can be taken to mitigate the potential occurrence of MSK issues, which can include the administration of appropriate supplements in support of a healthful lifestyle. Reactive measures of a similar nature can be used to address existing issues and facilitate recovery and/or quality of life improvements.

Season’s @ Integrated Health Clinic provides professional products in support of MSK issue prevention and treatment.

Professional Lines by: Thorne, Vitazan, AOR, Wobenzym, Heel

Eat well...Strong Bones & Muscles


NERVOUS SYSTEM

The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, sensory organs, and all of the nerves that connect these organs with the rest of the body. Together, these organs are responsible for control of the body and communication among its parts. The brain and spinal cord form the control centre known as the central nervous system (CNS), where information is evaluated and decisions made. The sensory nerves and sense organs of the peripheral nervous system (PNS) monitor conditions inside and outside of the body and send this information to the CNS. Efferent nerves in the PNS carry signals from the control centre to the muscles, glands, and organs to regulate their functions.

We are all very aware of the many ways that our nervous system can be compromised and the types of issue that may result. What you may not be aware of is the potentially significant role targeted supplementation can have in terms of prevention and treatment of CNS & PNS issues and disorders. Season’s @ Integrated Health Clinic provides professional products to assist you in dealing with the considerations associated with this complex body system.

Professional Lines by: Thorne, Vitazan, AOR

Eat well...be alert and responsive


ADAPTOGENS & ADRENALS

Fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, impatience, anxiety, irritability and mood change in general are typically manifestations of the effects of stress. Reducing the impact of stress on our bodies and minds is an important component of any healthful lifestyle. Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour. Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress can lead to anxiety and depression, or even cancer.

Adrenal fatigue: When our adrenal glands are constantly required to sustain high cortisol levels, they eventually become impaired in their ability to respond appropriately. The resulting dysfunction not only affects our short-term response to stress, but it also impairs our adrenals’ ability to produce and balance other hormones which are important to our long-term health and well-being: DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

Adaptogens are substances that demonstrate a nonspecific enhancement of the body's ability to resist a stressor or help the body more effectively cope with stressors.

Adrenal therapy, in addition to the management of stress, can include the introduction of essential hormones in an effort to address insufficiencies.

Season’s @ Integrated Health Clinic offers a large selection of professional line supplements as adaptogens and to assist in the management of adrenal function.

Professional Lines by: Thorne, Vitazan, AOR,Restorative Formulations, Integrative Therapeutics

Manage stress...improve quality of life


STRESS & SLEEP

Many of us toss and turn or watch the clock when we can’t sleep for a night or two. But for some, a restless night is routine. Stress and anxiety may cause sleeping problems or make existing problems worse. Sleep disorders are often characterized by abnormal sleep patterns that interfere with physical, mental, and emotional functioning.

Insomnia is the clinical term for people who have trouble falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking too early in the morning, or waking up feeling unrefreshed. Other common sleep disorders include sleep apnea (loud snoring caused by an obstructed airway), sleepwalking, and narcolepsy (falling asleep spontaneously). Restless leg syndrome and bruxism (grinding of the teeth while sleeping) are conditions that also may contribute to sleep disorders.

The risks of inadequate sleep extend way beyond tiredness. Sleeplessness can lead to poor performance at work or school, increased risk of injury, and health problems. In addition to anxiety and mood disorders, those with sleep disorders may be at risk for heart disease, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.

The root cause of a sleep disorder is very much a function of each individuals personal circumstance. The mechanisms we use to address these disorders may be equally varied. Consequently, your first step is to consult with your Naturopathic Doctor before embarking on any regimen of supplementation to ensure you have a thorough understanding of your stressors and triggers.

Once appropriate direction has been provided, Season’s @ Integrated Health Clinic can assist you in obtaining the necessary professional supplements.

Professional Lines by: Thorne, Vitazan, AOR, Sanesco, Integrative Therapeutics, BioClinic

Eat well...Sleep well



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