Functional medicine began to be developed in the USA by biochemist Jeffrey Bland in the early 90. According to the concept proposed by him, it not only evaluates isolated symptoms to diagnose and treat patients, but it also investigates the causes of suffering.
This mode has a more comprehensive view of the patient and is not limited to examining only the symptoms, but the whole body. Functional Medicine Denver experts also take into account the interactions between the environment in which the patient is inserted and biological processes that control their gastrointestinal, endocrine and immune system.
The functional medical objectives are to hear the history of a patient and investigate the genetic variables, environmental and even lifestyle to understand what factors may have influenced their health problems.
Each case is different
As each and every case is different, also every individual has particular reasons to develop certain health issues. So while one may be suffering from fatigue due to a problem with the adrenal glands, another may be suffering from the same symptoms because of an autoimmune disease or even an infection that has not yet been identified.
Thus, physicians focused on making treatment plans for each individual, taking into account the physiological and environmental context of each. These methods often involve procedures, prescription and, when necessary, performing surgeries. However, in addition to treating the disease, another goal is to help people make changes in their lives – and thus eliminate the factors that affect their health.
Functional Integrative medicine: to better understand nutrition
During the last fifty years, our diet has undergone a radical transformation. The products of the food industry, highly processed lack the basic nutrients, we need for our health, which were replaced by empty calories.
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People eat, but are malnourished and receiving a load of toxic components from preservatives, sweeteners, and colorants contained in the feed, in order to make them attractive and so they last longer.
The foods themselves contain information and communicate with the cells of our body. If it was ingested as food is not identified by our body, being an odd or artificial substance, the reaction is allergy, swelling and irritation of the autoimmune system, leading to endocrine, degenerative diseases, and allergic diseases.
Do you feel energized right after eating? What we do is identify the body system, showing more imbalances and on which act first because it will have a beneficial ripple effect on the rest of the body. It is important to identify foods that do not feel good because your body can have an adverse impact on your health, and beyond the effect, they have on your belly. According to a recent study, there are 55 diseases that may be related to the ingestion of gluten such as anxiety and depression and of course all autoimmune problems. If this is your case, the key is to replace foods high in gluten with nutritious and tasty alternatives.
Use supplements to correct imbalances due to excess or deficiency of certain nutrients. It also helps to achieve positive results in less time. The inclusion of supplements will depend on your particular case and your personal preferences. At the age of 50 years, we lose the nutrient absorption capacity and the need for antioxidants increases so the daily use of a multi-nutrient quality can be a good idea to maintain optimal nutritional status in older people.
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