Functional Medicine DefinedBy Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Michelle Tuffs
www.NutritionallyYours.net

Conventional, Traditional, Western…no matter what we begin with ultimately, a visit to a medical doctor ends with a prescription and perhaps a referral to a specialist. Treating symptoms is for most of us exactly how western medicine is defined. Diagnosing disease and matching that disease with a corresponding drug. This is the standard model of care in America today; however, Functional Medicine is becoming more mainstream every day.

Functional Medicine Defined refers to something completely different than what we know as conventional medicine. Understanding the communication within your body, for instance how our brain and our gut work together with strings of constant messages going back and forth to maintain our health, this is an example of Functional Medicine.

We are a busy world so preparing meals before our week begins probably isn’t a priority for most, but it could make an enormous mental and physical impact on your day at work and your kids day at school. Remember your mom saying “You are what you eat!”, it’s really spot on! The beginning of Functional Medicine is what we put into our body.

Functional Medicine means getting our focus off the symptoms and onto learning where and why these symptoms are happening. Your body is intelligent, it has the capacity for self-regulation.
Your body can heal and even prevent diseases! Maintaining a state of vitality on a daily basis instead of waiting for a disease to rear its ugly head is not only physically beneficial but mentally as well!

Functional Medicine defined is this…instead of asking “What drug will mask my symptoms?”, For example, “What drug will lower my blood pressure?”. We should ask “Why do I have high blood pressure?”, “What can be done to restore my health?”

Functional Medicine is all about restoring health naturally! Get back to the basics and find your alternative path to better health with Nutritionally Yours!

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Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.

References: mindbodygreen.com