What are functional medicine and functional nutrition?
Functional medicine, highly acclaimed as the medicine of the future or the medicine that treats patients and not diseases, has become increasingly popular as a patient-oriented approach which addresses the underlying causes of diseases rather than their effects. Functional medicine uses leading edge tools and technologies available in conventional medicine in combination with the latest testing methods in order to detect imbalances that represent the underlying cause of all chronic diseases. Functional medicine is a prevention-oriented, proactive and personalized approach which encourages patients to actively participate in their wellbeing. It uses a holistic model which views the human body as an integrated whole system and food as the determining factor of health.
At the core of functional medicine lies functional nutrition which abides by the same principles and uses food and nutrients to prevent, alleviate or heal various illnesses. Functional nutrition practitioners provide each patient with a personal health plan instead of standard solutions and dietary advice.
How can a functional medicine practitioner help you?
Health assessment and imbalance identification
The practitioner assesses your health based on genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors which may influence your long-term health in order to identify the underlying causes of body imbalances.
The practitioner provides you with an individualized plan that will help restore your health, prevent diseases or maintain balance where it exists. This holistic treatment plan includes a dietary plan, an exercise plan and general advice for a healthy lifestyle. If required, dietary supplements – mainly minerals and vitamins – are prescribed to help restore your metabolic balance.
Regular monitoring and assessment
The practitioner monitors and regularly assess your health and the changes occurring in your body.