What is Functional Medicine?
At EatLiveLovefood we use a combination of Functional Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine and Nutritional Therapy. So what does that mean?
The Institute for Functional Medicine describes the model we use as an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness.
So what does that REALLY mean?
Instead of focussing only on your symptoms, we work together to discover the underlying issues and which system(s) in the body need support. Your condition may have many causes, but each cause may result in different conditions that you are experiencing. You can read more about it here, but this diagram exemplifies it well:
Orthomolecular medicine, is the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing optimal amounts of nutrition, that are natural to our body.
According to the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine (http://www.orthomolecular.org/), the key idea in orthomolecular medicine is that genetic factors are not only central to the physical characteristics of individuals, but also to their biochemical environment. Certain biochemical abnormalities are causal or contributing to diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis, depression and schizophrenia.
A Unique Body, a Unique Reaction
Our body’s biochemical pathways have significant genetic variability. That is why part of the process is discovering our personal needs and diet, and pin-pointing the factors that could have contributed to our current state. We may not be choosing the right types of food that are beneficial to our body or have difficulties digesting or absorbing nutrients. No body is the same and therefore, it reacts in a unique way.
Nutritional Therapy is the practical application of science to promote health and happiness. Both with chronic conditions and overall health and happiness.
Read here, for more about the nutritional therapeutic approach.