How do you approach health? When do you go to the doctor? Do you wait until you are sick or do you go for prevention?
These questions are important and should be discussed. Our health is just that ours. It is necessary for people to take ownership of their own health. During a lecture recently a physician stated that so many people think that "diabetes, just happened to them".
In so many ways this is true. If someone visits the doctor and presents with higher then normal blood sugar levels they are told they are "pre-diabetic". Sadly some people continue to think this even when they are placed on medication to manage these blood sugars. There is a disconnect between our own health, and how it is managed.
Enter Functional Medicine for the win! It approaches in new and exciting ways.
1. Health is a positive vitality. Meaning that it is not just the absence of disease.
2. It recognizes biochemical individuality. This takes into account not only genetics but the environment and how they work together on a cellular level.
3. It is patient centered. Functional Medicine looks at all aspects of the person, including but not limited to the current disease process, emotional health, and past life experiences.
4. It looks to the interconnectedness of physiological factors. Guess what...the body actually works in a balance. All the systems that are typically treated separately really work best when they are supported and function together.
5. Support of organ reserve. It is necessary for our organs to work together and FM works to address the root cause of illness or disease to allow your organ systems to support one another.
6. Works to regain balance between the internal and external body, mind and spirit. Our health is at its best when our minds and bodies are both supported in healing. The mind is a powerful tool, and can lead you into physical illness if you let it.
How can a Functional Nutritionist help support you?
Functional nutrition takes a food first approach to health. It allows you to get out of your own way and let someone do the heavy lifting for you. For some people, OK all people, changing the way they eat or their lifestyle can be paralyzing. The unknown is so hard to step into. A functional nutritionist provides a hand to hold when you take that leap.
Here is the best part. Since food is amazing medicine, you can even change the way you eat if you are on actual medicine. Some people really do need medication to control things like blood sugar, or blood pressure. That being said. Mark Hyman MD said it well when he said that high cholesterol wasn't a statin deficiency.
Taking a food first approach allows you to do the work regaining control of your own health. Working with a functional medicine nutritionist allows someone else to do the hard part which usually involves looking at medical history and current health to help guide the best changes for you.