Frequently Asked Questions
Multivitamins & Minerals are available at Morningside, Parkhurst, Bedfordview, Fourways, West Rand and Illovo clinics. In Pretoria at Irene and Brooklyn as well as in the Western Cape at Cape Quarter, Claremont, Constantia, Stellenbosch Paarl and Willowbridge branches and KwaZulu-Natal at Umhlanga and Durban.
When taking a high-quality multivitamin, please remember that these nutritional supplements complement the food you eat. Unfortunately, many processed foods lose valuable potassium content prior to ever reaching your table, and thus correct supplementation may be required.
Calcium-This mineral provides a high-level of support for your skeletal system.
Magnesium-through scientific studies it has been shown that magnesium is helpful in supporting your lungs and overall pulmonary system. Other research shows the positive contribution magnesium makes to your bone density health, and it also helps maintain your muscular and nervous systems. As an added benefit magnesium helps support a healthy heart, and maintain your energy needs.
Potassium-this mineral is very important to help regulate your circulatory system and promotes your heart health. In addition, potassium is also known as an important element in your bone density health. As you age, bone density becomes an important element in your overall health, to prevent diseases such as Osteoporosis.
Once again, please realise the importance of eating a healthy diet rich in unprocessed whole foods. These minerals may be worth their weight in gold. They provide you with significant health-supporting value in complementing your diet.
Millions of individuals gorge themselves on synthetic vitamins only to acquire, and eventually die from, degenerative diseases. Isolated vitamins are partial vitamins, combined with other chemicals. They're a low-end alternative to whole, real complete food. When you remove a part from the whole, you get "Synthetic", "Isolated" or "Fractionated" pieces of the whole, but it's simply not the same. There are four problems with synthetic vitamins.
Nature intended for you to consume food in WHOLE form because all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes are together in one package. In this naturally combined package they work synergistically to give your body the nutrition it requires for optimal health.
Your body only absorbs a small percentage of an isolate form of vitamins and minerals-and it utilizes even less. You get the best bioavailability in whole food form.
Synthetic vitamins often give you massive quantities of some nutrients (usually the most inexpensive ones) and insufficient quantities of others, leaving the supplement highly unbalanced.
You can experience side effects of synthetic isolates from the additives and the unnatural state of the synthetic supplement. Fast food and a sedentary lifestyle can be a disaster for your health. Don't let your multivitamin add to the collateral damage. Some vitamins in fact, negatively impact your health in such a way they should be flushed down the toilet.
Multivitamins are put into two broad categories: whole-food derived (found in natural, whole foods) and synthetic (created in laboratories). With both types of vitamin on the market, the argument against using synthetic-which include chemical distillates-is that they are not recognized and used by the body the same way vitamins from whole foods are.
Whole food vitamins (in their highest quality form) contain the vitamin complexes as they exist in nature, and are theoretically recognized by the body as whole foods.
For all health conditions, the nutraceuticals are individually tailored by the Health Renewal Doctor. The doctor will decide- based on your history, physical examination and blood tests what would be the best for you and your specific needs and/or deficiencies. Please do not self-medicate. Self-Medicating is done when a person takes prescription medication or nutraceuticals on their own without a doctor's supervision and/or consent. By not having a physical examination and blood testing done by a qualified medical practitioner, you could be not treating vital deficiencies or conditions such as elevated blood pressure and high sugar levels. In addition, there is no single supplement given to clients as there is no magic bullet that can support all the essential nutrients that one's body needs.
A daily multivitamin, and maybe an extra vitamin D supplement, is a good way to make sure you're getting all the nutrients you need to be healthy. True, a healthy diet should provide nearly all the nutrients you need. But many people don't eat the healthiest of diets. That's why a multivitamin can help fill in the gaps, and may have added health benefits. The folic acid in most multivitamins helps prevent neural tube defects in newborns, if women take it before they become pregnant; folic acid may also lower the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, and breast cancer.
Vitamin D from a multivitamin or single supplement can lower the risk of colon and possibly many other cancers, as well as other chronic diseases.
It's very doubtful that any single pill can pack enough vitamins and minerals to truly make any real difference in complementing your healthy diet. Producers of multivitamins have come up with some pretty amazing ways to compress ingredients, but not to this extreme-not down to where a single tablet provides you the vitamin and mineral levels you need. At Health Renewal, only the best high-potency multivitamins, viz Solgar, have been sourced which have all the following essential criteria:
- Must AVOID additives or synthetic nutrients, it must be whole food-based multivitamins.
- Must be produced by a highly reputable company with the highest quality control manufacturing practices in place-focused on quality as a higher priority than quantity.
- Must go beyond RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) and RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) guidelines-RDA/RDI amounts define the lower limits of daily nutrient intake and the best nutrient formula to promote your optimal nutrition.
- Must include the added bonus of essential minerals-Minerals add their unique layer of nutritional support. ( Many high-potency multivitamins with rich vitamin concentrations lack important minerals. Many producers of one-a-days don't even bother including essential minerals like potassium or magnesium, or even calcium in adequate enough amounts to really make a difference).
- You should take a few multi tablets (as recommended by your Doctor) first thing in the morning and with lunch, or with an early dinner to help optimize your nutrient absorption, the better chance you'll have of truly fortifying your diet.
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Thank you for making such a difference to my health. When I first saw you it was due to my constant digestive problems which were becoming worse and no longer responding to the symptomatic medicine prescribed by the numerous Dr's I had consulted with before. I was very impressed by the overall experience at your Parkhurst branch. You really took the time to ask me about my health and showed such an interest in my well being. After one month of your natural and holistic treatment I saw a remarkable difference not only in my digestion but my overall health. Over two weeks ago I decided to bring another health issue to you which causes me a tremendous amount of pain and discomfort. For over eight years I have suffered from a Trigeminal Neuralgia. I have gone to several specialists and tried acupuncture, laser therapy and a number of alternative medicines with no success. When I saw you my pain was at the stage where I could no longer eat or talk. I was struggling to sleep at night and it was really affecting me at work. Desperate to find help I came to see you in the hope that you would be able to assist me with the pain. Over a week later I am feeling so much better. I feel normal again, I am sleeping, eating and back at work. Thank you for taking the time to really understand my case and researching the various medicines which can manage my pain. I have never experienced such fast results before. To live with constant pain is really draining and frustrating. Thank you so much for the quality of life you have given back to me and for the overall improvement in my health.
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I would formally like to thank Dr Maurits Kruger from Health Renewal for helping my cousin and her new born baby who is only 4 weeks old. The baby had been sick for 2 full weeks causing the mother and father to have sleepless nights and in addition to that lead to the the mother and father getting sick. This cold recent winter snap really added an enormous amount of pressure to the new parents. I called Dr Maurits Kruger (as advised by my mother) to ask him if he would be able to suggest any treatments for both the baby and the parents.
Dr Maurits Kruger assessed the baby’s condition over the phone, asking me various questions and then advised me to get a full set of homeopathic medication for her. This would treat the baby’s cough, mucus and immune system. He then advised that the parents take a few supplements at the same time to avoid the vicious cycle being repeated again. The family started the homeopathic medication on the Friday evening and the Dr Maurits Kruger advised that the family should be better that same Sunday and if they were not better, I was to call him immediately and he would come to the house and see the baby. Needless to say, the family were back on track by Sunday evening and all is well. The manner in which he made himself available and the advice given was amazing. He remained helpful and professional at all times – what a gem to the Health Renewal staff! A very big thank you to Dr Maurits!
In February 2015, I started a journey to renewed health with Dr Lee. I hated the diet, thought the supplements were not working, complained constantly to my son Shaun about how ghastly I was feeling all the time.
In 1989 I contracted ME. At the age of 36, with a beautiful loving son and a great job and hectic social life, I became instantly housebound and was bedridden for months at a time. I had 7 spontaneous remissions during the following 26 years. They were all of three month's duration. After a remission I would lapse into a serious depression. Life was difficult. ME is an illness of loss. I lost my health, I lost my job, I lost a lot of friends, I lost the ability to do any form of physical activity, my life was reduced to resting. And sleeping. Then resting again.
I also had my gall bladder removed, had a breast reduction operation, and a knee replacement. The after effects of the anesthesia in all cases were dire. I became incontinent in 1994, and have had to wear sanitary pads on a daily basis since. I battled with severe short term memory loss, tinnitus, migraines, bone pain, muscle pain, sore skin, repeated urinary tract infections, and a host of other nasty symptoms.
Fast forward to end January 2015. My son had seen Dr Lee regarding his overall health. He suggested I see her, which I did. We had a good first session, Dr Lee reckoned I would be completely cured within a year to 18 months. I was ecstatic. We did lots of blood tests, DNA, fatty acids, ones that I have since forgotten.
The regime of strict diet and much supplementation began. Changing my diet was difficult. I did not believe my body was absorbing any of the myriad of supplements. Dr Lee said I would notice a difference after three months. I still felt awful and told Shaun (who has paid for all the tests, food and supplements) that I was sure Dr Lee was a fraud and that I was going to stop everything. He urged me to try for another three months. I started getting food delivered from PaleoMonkey five times a week, two meals a day. It was okay at first, but the veggies were soggy and had to be reheated and the protein was always rubbery and tasteless. Six weeks later I thankfully quit. I now cook my own very healthy and delicious food.
On 10 June I woke up and thought, "Hmm, I don't feel so bad today. Interesting". A week later I threw a little birthday celebration. Twenty eight people arrived, all on four days notice. Each day I feel stronger, healthier, happier and WOW, so alive. It is like a miracle to behold. I am forever indebted to my sweet Shaun and Dr Lee, who have given me back my life. Dr Lee never wavered from the course, even though I was a truculent, difficult patient. She has a massive knowledge of the body and its workings.
To conclude, I hope you realize what a huge difference Dr Lee is making to your practice. Please cherish her and give her the support and encouragement she needs to continue her great work.
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