Orthomolecular nutrition

The word “orthos” comes from Greek and means straight or right. ‘Molecular’ refers to the structure of molecules. Together, these two words mean “right molecules.

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What is orthomolecular nutrition?

Our bodies are constantly renewing. Every second, millions of cells are broken down and also rebuilt, such as blood cells, bone cells and skin cells. To do this, our body needs the right “building materials. Compare it to building a home. This requires building materials (bricks, wood, insulation material) and energy (construction workers).

With our bodies, this is no different. The building materials and energy it needs are minerals, vitamins, proteins and fats. These occur naturally in our diet. Unfortunately – due to modern production and processing of our food and being far removed from how we as humans are supposed to eat – many of us are becoming deficient in these substances. By choosing the right foods, this imbalance can be restored.

Suppose you were to feed a lion grass, and a cow a steak, it does not take a great stretch of the imagination to imagine these animals getting sick. With humans, it works exactly the same way. Every animal (a human being is also an animal) needs food that is physiologically and biologically right for him or her.

For whom is orthomolecular nutrition interesting?

For anyone with a chronic condition, think hay fever, apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 1 and 2 diabetes, parkinson’s or cardiovascular disease. Even with conditions that may not be so readily linked to nutrition such as autism, ADHD, anxiety disorders and depression, we know that symptoms can be significantly reduced or even disappear altogether if we provide our bodies with the nutrition they need. In addition, it is suitable for anyone who wants to have a good chance of dying young in old age.

Orthomolecular nutrition aims to provide all the body's cells with optimal amounts of nutrients.

What can I expect from the treatment?

Together with you, we look at your diet. Using weekly schedules, in agreement with you, we create menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We keep in mind essential nutrients and responsible ingredients. We recommend recipes that can help you prepare healthy meals on your own.

Multiple disciplines

At Integral Medical Center Gimborn, we look at every
case from multiple disciplines. So not just from a nutritional standpoint. In addition to nutrition, our advice is also based on knowledge from anthropology (humanity/humanities) and phytology (botany), among others. By combining knowledge from multiple disciplines, we can give you the most complete advice possible and help you build or rebuild your body correctly.

Orthomoleculaire voedingsleer bij IMC Gimborn in Zevenaar.

Cost and reimbursement

Orthomolecular nutrition can be used within a form of therapy that is fully or partially reimbursed by most health insurance companies from the supplementary package. A referral from a (primary) physician is not necessary. For a comprehensive list of health insurance companies and their reimbursements click here.

Frequently asked questions Orthomolecular Nutritionism

Orthomolecular nutrition is a method of treatment aimed at restoring and maintaining health through the right nutrients in the right amounts. The premise of orthomolecular nutrition is that optimal health can be achieved by providing the body with the right nutrients in the right proportions. This involves the use of natural foods.

A dietitian, on the other hand, focuses primarily on dietary modification for specific conditions, such as diabetes, obesity or allergies. A dietitian has a broad knowledge of nutrition and can guide people to modify their diet to improve certain health problems.

While there is some overlap between the two, there are also some important differences between a dietitian and an orthomolecular nutritionist. For example, an orthomolecular nutritionist may also look at the composition of the diet and the nutrients in it, while a dietitian focuses primarily on adjusting the diet.

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