Functional Medicine & Nutrition
Functional medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease while taking into account the unique needs and circumstances of each individual. Functional medicine practitioners work with their patients to create personalized treatment plans that address the whole person, rather than just the symptoms of a particular condition.
This includes nutrition management, including supplements, blood work analysis, dietary modifications and other factors. Diet is a determining factor in many diseases, including obesity, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, childhood developmental and behavioral disorders, or autoimmune disease. Yet optimal nutrition, the level of nutrient intake that maintains the best possible health, is highly variable from person to person.
Functional medicine combines nutraceuticals, natural supplements or nutrients, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques. Functional medicine considers the unique genetic expression of each patient, along with both internal factors (mental, emotional, and spiritual) and environment factors (physical and social aspects) that influence our function.
The human body has great capacity to adapt to change, heal, and express its genetic potential if it is provided the raw materials that it requires for healthy metabolic function—the basic macronutrients, micronutrients, and conditionally essential nutrients.