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Functional Medicine is an approach to healthcare that seeks to identify and address the root cause of illness and disease. Our Functional Medicine doctors conduct thorough histories and utilize specialized diagnostic tests, including laboratory blood work. These tests allow us to understand the unique interactions between a patient’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle factors that influence health. Treatment is cooperative, both doctor and patient play an active role. Care is designed not only to relieve symptoms, but to promote and optimize wellness.
Your personalized nutrition plan starts with the goals you hope to achieve. Each person has their own biochemistry, and nutrient needs. We investigate the function of the body by looking at symptoms, using lab testing, and assessing food and water intake, medication use, and lifestyle.
We often find it helpful to “coach” our patients on certain activities they should avoid or do differently to avoid aggravating their particular health challenge. We work with you to identify and correct the causes of the problem (food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, overgrowths of bacteria, yeast or other pathogens). Once we have a complete picture, we create a personalized healing protocol which often includes dietary changes, medical foods, and targeted nutrients.
Patients will often experience relief from symptoms quickly, but within a short time, they also realize many other health benefits as well. We often hear that people are sleeping better, more energy, less PMS, better concentration, fewer headaches. Many times patients do not realize
the extent to which their health was suffering, or that they could feel so much better just from working on their nutrition.
The body can heal with time and when given the ingredients it needs to do so. Once the protocol is complete, the patient will have all the skills and knowledge they need to maintain all of the progress they have made throughout their life. We provide recommendations tailored for you and your needs. Including the education and tools you need to succeed to get your health back.
What is Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA)?
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis is a way of measuring your body composition: the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass. It is an integral part of a health and nutrition assessment.
Research shows that body composition is directly related to health. A normal balance of body fat is associated with good health and longevity. However, excess fat in relation to lean body mass can greatly increase your risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more. BIA allows for early detection of an improper balance in your body composition, allowing for earlier intervention and prevention. BIA also provides a measurement of fluid and body mass that can be a valuable assessment for your current state of health.
Since fat loss is the goal when people set out to lose weight, and muscle gain is the goal when people set out to gain weight, we encourage our patients to monitor body composition changes (fat weight vs. lean fat-free weight) rather than what the scale says. Instead of feeling frustrated with the scale, health conscious people are usually very happy to learn of their progress when viewing BIA results.
How Does BIA Work?
This non-invasive test simply involves the placement of two electrodes on the person’s right hand and foot. A low level, imperceptible electrical current is sent through the body. The flow of the current is affected by the amount of water in the body. The device measures how this signal is impeded through different types of tissue (fat mass vs. lean body mass). Tissues that contain large amounts of fluid and electrolytes, such as blood, have high conductivity, but fat and bone slow the signal down. As BIA determines the resistance to flow of the current as it passes through the body, it provides estimates of body water from which body fat is calculated logarithms.
How good you feel is not the best indicator of how healthy you are. Typically, the first sign of heart disease is sudden death from a heart attack.
Your blood work may give our health practitioners more clear insight into your health status.
You are as unique as your fingerprint and our Nutritional Health Solutions Program is designed for giving your health exactly what it needs. We have the skills to read your tests to get you meaningful results.
Why not get tested properly to try to prevent those problems before they start?