"Functional Medicine" addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of
health and vitality for each individual.
Functional medicine integrates traditional medicine with integrative or alternative medicine, creating a focus on prevention and treating upstream problems. This may include evaluating and intervening through nutrition, diet, exercise, laboratory testing, diagnostic techniques, prescription medications, botanical medication, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs and stress management with lifestyle changes.
We are each created uniquely and respond to our environment differently. As much as is possible we need to look for and treat the cause of problems or imbalances in our body, not just treat symptoms or a number on paper.
"Digestive Health" is the foundation of our body's health.
Gut Restoration Pathway:
It is called the "5R Framework"
Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair, & Rebalance
stressors to the GI tract. Allergic foods, "crap" foods, parasites/yeast/microbes. (It is very helpful to get a stool test to evaluate for parasites, microbial imbalance, candida, etc.)
helpful bacteria with probiotics, prebiotic foods, increased fiber food to feed healthy bacteria.
digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid & bile acids as needed to restore digestion and absorption.
your life with healthy lifestyle choices, promoting rest, creativity, sleep, exercise, positive mood & mindset, and stress relief.
the lining of the GI tract with key nutrients, including L. glutamate, zinc, vitamin D, antioxidants, & fish oil.