Functional medicine is a holistic approach to well-being. It’s the practice of patient-centered wellness, not disease-centered care. That means you and I work together to identify the root cause of your symptoms. We don’t just treat symptoms, but dig deeper to find out what your body is reacting to.
Think of it this way. Everything in the body is connected, as God created us to be a complex system. That means all symptoms have a root cause. The leaf of a tree is affected by the health of the branches, trunk, roots, soil quality, and water supply. There are a lot of factors going on, in, and under that tree that affect the leaves. The same is true of our bodies. We can’t separate body parts, organs, or systems and think they function independently.
Is an unhealthy gut possibly instigating your joint pain? Are nutrient deficiencies causing mood swings? Your migraines could be caused by food sensitivities, gluten allergy, hormonal balances, vitamin deficiency, or magnesium deficiency.
Functional medicine implements a holistic approach to your overall health through:
When I work with my clients, it benefits them to approach their health like we might approach gardening.
Gardening requires attention and time to tend to what’s been planted. Till, cultivate, plant, water, weed, sunlight, and harvest.
Growing health isn't dramatically different; after all, we can't 100% control the outcome or always eliminate disease, but we can set aside time to work on our health.
Much like growing a garden, good health doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time. It takes effort. It takes the right tools.
To cultivate wholehearted healthy living, I give my clients lots of tips and areas to focus on, leveraging the likelihood that good health will grow for generations.
● Pass down a belief that you and your family have what it takes to grow health. If disease runs in your family like dandelions in my yard, there's always a chance adding a healthy diet and activity could improve your family's risk for disease. And even if you don't outrun it, you'll be role-modeling habits that over time might make a tremendous difference in the lives of your kids.
● Set obtainable goals. If the idea of walking an hour a day is overwhelming, there's little likelihood you'll meet that goal. Start small, work that goal, then add another. Each time you succeed at reaching a small goal, you'll be motivated to push toward another. Whether it's encouraging your family to taste two new vegetables a week until you find several you like or buying smaller-caloric beverages, each little habit can provide the mulch you need to enrich healthy living.
● Believe in abundance and foster an environment where there are healthy options. There's a water pitcher in the fridge. Your shoes are laced up for walking. You have a "can do" attitude. Create an environment where the fruit bowl and vegetables are on the counter for the kids when they come home instead of chips or candy. And when on a strict budget, you can still eat healthy (like cooking a pot of lentil soup) instead of turning
to cheap and processed foods. Much like the idea that a tiny seed can grow a lot of food, several small habits can grow good health.
As a functional medicine health coach, I’m passionate about getting to the root cause of your health issues.
I love working with individuals or couples who know it’s time for a change in their life and household. No two bodies or health journeys are the same. There’s no “cookie cutter” approach for functional medicine. You and I will work together to create a plan just for you. A plan that gives you choices.
We will pursue your overall optimal health through:
Perhaps you feel a nudge that it’s time to do something for yourself and you’re ready to reclaim your health! Allow me to guide you on this challenging, life-changing, triumphant, and beautiful journey.
Good health is integral to self-care, quality of life, and longevity. Let’s find balance in all areas of your health — physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional to make a difference in living a happy, vibrant, and long life! Just the way God intended for you to live!