For some people this may be the 1st time reading about Functional Medicine, although it has existed for decades and have had great results. Lost of people have try it when is their last resource and often mentioned “I wish I knew about this before”The difference between conventional medicine and functional medicine is that in functional medicine the body is
look/study/treat as a whole, not in different parts or systems. Sadly, physicians are often trained to diagnose by symptoms, NOT by their underlying causes.
With Functional Medicine Practitioners (FMP) you have access to functional lab testing, which allows them to be able to have a greater understanding of where the imbalances are occurring in your body, instead of just guessing according to symptoms or only looking at one lab marker (like
TSH for Thyroid but don’t see T3, Free T3, T4, Free T4 etc).
FMP they don’t just deal with symptoms. The functional laboratory testing and experience allows them to understand why a body is out of balance and what needs to be done for the body through diet, exercise, stress management, chiropractic, proper sleep and supplementation to help bring
your body back into balance. They help you to change your lifestyle in a way that promotes optimal health.
They will tailor a plan according to who you are as an individual, what is the problem, and what your body needs are. There are plenty of different dietary theories to choose from, exercise plans to participate in and ways to reduce stress. There is no cookie cutter, “one size fits all” approach when
it comes to getting healthy. We are all unique individuals and have different needs. A FMP will tailor a plan to YOU! Of course there are certain things that everyone will benefit, but your body, your case, is not treated as the same for the person next door.
A FMP makes health changes safer for you. With all of the questionable fad diets and supplements out there, backed by millions of dollars of slick marketing, it can be easy to get sucked into ways of trying to help yourself get healthy that are really not so healthy! A functional health coach will help
you to find the ways to gently nourish and support your body’s return to health in ways that are safe for you. And they will work with your primary provider if necessary to ensure your best results. A FMP is also a teacher, they have extensive training, have also knowledge of foods that can help
your body, exercises that are optimal for you, stress management techniques that will reduce stress so that your body can heal and nutrients that you need to rebalance and restore your body to optimal health. They can help to guide you and answer questions that you may have so that you don’t become so overwhelmed with all of the information available online. They will educate you so that you can ultimately make the best choices to support your health. They will work with you as a team and make you accountable too. Sooo, you are also responsible of the good results you can obtain.
If you are looking for a natural way of taking care of your most valuable asset, your health, and you want to work as a team with a customize program…you should try Functional Medicine.
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