Hydration or Healing?

Hydration or Healing?

Hydration or Healing? 1920 1280 Gary Ruelas, D.O., Ph.D.

For the longest time science has known the value of nutrients for physical energy and healing. We have outlined significant pathways that lead to more energy such as the kred cycle. We have identified molecules and their path such as Adenine Triphosphatase (ATP) and the nutrient needed to produce this needed molecule. We have fortified our foods to enhance the potential for acquisition of essential vitamins and minerals.

We have created quite a science around these molecules and can identify the roles they play in our body. We have made the connection to the mind by looking at the Gut-Brain pathway and know that the brain needs fuel to light up the mind. Science and medicine have stayed on this path. Many studies have been conducted that validate the role nutrients play. We know more about minerals, antioxidants, and lipids than we have ever known before. We know that our GUT can be compromised and diminish the absorption rate. Schools of medicine have looked at these molecules such as Orthomolecular Medicine, Nutritional Medicine and most recently Functional Medicine. However, the general public still lacks a clear understating and relies on marketing and sales to determine value.

Essential vs Non-Essential Nutrients

The main distinction between essential and non-essential nutrients is that the body cannot synthesize the essential nutrients at all or in sufficient quantities and we must obtain them through diet whereas the boy can synthesize the nonessential nutrients. Also, some essential building blocks of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins and minerals are also essential. For sure vitamins A, B, C, E and K are all essential vitamins and D is conditionally essential. Water also can be considered essential for the body.

Most recently there has been a surge in “IV” rooms promoting nutrient treatments. And the range from plush accommodations to mobile home center treatment. Most of these rooms are run by trained nurses who follow protocol outlined by offsite doctors. Through this course the IV’s given do contain micronutrients, however the strength is minimal, however helpful, nonetheless. The value of this type of hydration is that it can offer a depleted individual relief in the form of fluids and trace elements. However, for the medicinal level it is best to have these treatments developed individually and tailored to the biology of each person, therefore ensuring that the quantity of essential and non-essential nutrients are addressed.

Health care providers who look at the healing levels, assess each patient, and may run studies to determine levels of nutrients which then are ordered and given either IV and/or through oral supplementation depending on the finding. Many times, following studies the levels ordered to be given are significantly higher than routinely given when no examination or studies are completed.

Choose which works best for you. One day we will all be obtaining macronutrients level studies as part of our annual workup.

What about DIET: yes, this remains the true stable of nourishment. A balanced diet with protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals are ideal. If and when we can, a colorful balanced diet is ideal and as noted remain essential to our health and well-being.

So be well hydrated often, enjoy eating colorful foods, play with seasoning and spices and make your meals a true adventure.


Gary Ruelas, D.O., Ph.D.

Dr. Ruelas holds doctoral degrees and is licensed to practice in both medicine and psychology. He approaches his patients by gathering and analyzing data differently from other physician’s moving away from a disease model to a holistic functional model. Read Bio

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