Food as Medicine: The sequel to this unique television format helps people who are nearly desperate with their massive health issues. The “Docs” Viola Andresen, Silja Schäfer and Matthias Riedl, all experienced doctors, want to significantly improve symptoms and even cure diseases with targeted nutritional strategies. Whether it’s with the long COVID, irritable bowel syndrome or obesity, aboard a “houseboat practice” in the middle of the city, this coaching format shows how incredible success can be achieved in a few months with a special food.
In this new episode “The Nutrition Docs”, Jennifer H. from Hamburg boards the “Houseboat Practice” with the long-term consequences of a corona infection. The 35-year-old suffers from Long COVID. According to the WHO definition, the disease is defined by exhaustion, shortness of breath and cognitive impairment, which also lasts twelve weeks after a corona infection. For Jennifer H., nothing was like before, Corona completely messed her up. Internist Matthias Riedl consults neurologist Andreas Gonschorek for this particular case. Together, they strategize for the paralegal: challenge, but don’t overwhelm. And this method should also apply to nutrition. With a healthy mix of healthy, unprocessed foods such as whole grain products, legumes, and a variety of fruits and vegetables, she should get her ailing immune system back in shape. Jennifer H. is keen to take up the challenge.
A referral slip to the hospital for a stomach cut is the reason for her call for help from nutrition doctors: Jens B. is overweight at 151 kilograms. His doctors see only one solution: an operation. The shock is deep in the 51-year-old man, because he knows that such an operation is associated with risks. Nutritionist Silja Schäfer shares her concerns: “An operation should not be the first way to get rid of excess weight.” But the fact is that the weight has to come down! In particular with the “menu of the future”, made up of fresh, regional and seasonal products that are processed as little as possible. Previous unhealthy carbohydrates and fats are removed. Instead, Silja Schäfer recommends the Lübeck sales manager to fast two days a week and put more strain on his musculoskeletal system. Jens B. has to completely change his life to avoid an operation. But will he be able to implement the radical change in life and diet?
Mareike B. is exhausted. She suffers from chronic constipation. Every day, she is tormented by severe stomach pains, cramps, and an extremely bloated stomach, which she tries to squeeze in out of shame. But all investigations leave open the question of the cause. Stomach and intestine specialist Viola Andresen, new to the Nutrition Docs team, acknowledges the dire situation of the 34-year-old from Krummhörn. Using a recognized questionnaire, she finally discovers what this mother of three is suffering from: severe irritable bowel syndrome. And the doctor also quickly recognizes the possible triggers, the artificial sweeteners that Mareike B. has been drinking in large quantities through fitness shakes for years. To remedy the situation, Viola Andresen advises to cut out both shakes and FODMAPs, special short-chain carbohydrates from dairy products and many other products that irritate the intestines, and bet on foods rich in fiber and sensitive. to the intestine. Mareike B. is willing, but giving up a large part of all previous races is a real challenge for the woman from Lower Saxony. Will she be able to lead a symptom-free life again?