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Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine (otherwise known as Integrative, Anti-Aging, or Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine) is founded upon the principles of preventative and personalized medicine.

Conditions that we often attribute to “getting older” are usually the result of imbalances within the body, such as nutritional deficiencies, immune system dysfunction, toxin exposure, hormone imbalance, and excess inflammation, all of which can lead to disease states such as high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, weight gain, and even cancer.

Functional medicine physicians are trained to investigate the cause of the imbalance and prevent future illness from occurring by giving your body the tools it needs to repair and maintain itself. No matter how far along the disease spectrum you are, your functional medicine provider can help you correct the imbalances using dietary changes, lifestyle interventions, supplements, detoxification methods, and natural hormone replacement.

The principles of any comprehensive anti-aging treatment strategy focuses on 6 major factors:

  • Stress
  • Nutrition & Gut Health
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Hormone Balance
  • Detoxification

Functional medicine is the medicine of the future. It is proactive, not reactive. The goal is to prevent or treat disease before it becomes severe and/or debilitating. Using advanced diagnostic testing to learn about your particular genetics and molecular make-up, functional medicine providers can tailor a treatment plan that is unique to you and no one else.

Functional Medicine Tree

The tree is used to illustrate the core aspects of a Functional Medicine/Anti-Aging approach to health (soil and roots), as opposed to the conventional medicine approach which only focuses on separate body organs and symptoms (branches and leaves).

In order to keep the tree healthy and allow it to flourish, you need to support the most basic and essential elements first, the roots and the soil.  Similarly, if the tree is not healthy, the first place you should look for answers is in those same foundational elements.  Once the leaves start to die or fall off (i.e.: your symptoms or disease), you can only heal the tree by going back to it’s roots, you cannot simply stick the leaves back on and expect them to repair themselves!

Want to find out how you can improve your health with a Functional Medicine approach?

Call VitaNovu and schedule an appointment with one of our providers today!