What is "Functional Medicine"?
Functional Medicine is a patient centered and science-based approach to maintaining optimal health and wellness. The approach uses an integrative healthcare model that looks at the root cause of your health concern rather than simply treating your symptoms. It asks the questions of “why” & “how” your health is not functioning properly. It promotes wellness by focusing on the genetic and biochemical uniqueness of each individual and provides personalized recommendations to restore proper health.
Often pain, inflammation and other health concerns like brain fog, anxiety, and sleep issues get in the way of your lifestyle goals (such as sports, exercise and increased quality of life). By implementing Functional Medicine protocols you are able to strategically overcome complex health concerns, naturally and effectively.
The vast majority of health challenges are caused by oxidative stress or chronic inflammation. If these are present in your body and persist for too long they can begin to cause organ dysfunction and break down the natural healthy state of your tissues. Usually this will result in various conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Parkinson’s, Hypothyroidism, Celiac Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Hormonal imbalances, Type 2 Diabetes, etc.
By having a Functional Medicine Consultation & Exam, your practitioner can evaluate your health challenges by looking at your hormones & endocrine function, blood labs, diagnostic test results, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, energy systems & oxidative stress, immune function, gastrointestinal status, and detoxification pathways. After thoroughly evaluating these aspects of your well-being, your practitioner can properly recommend what the root causes are and how to treat them with diet, lifestyle factors and nutrition.