FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONER LONDON, HARLEY STREET
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
Food is more than energy and information
Functional Medicine is a systems-oriented approach aiming to get to the root cause of health issues. It is a science-based healthcare model that emphasizes the importance of high quality foods and phytonutrient diversity to address clinical imbalances and move patients toward the highest expression of health. Advanced nutrition assessment and a thorough Functional Medicine based history leads to a personalized therapeutic intervention created to promote optimal health and prevent diet- and lifestyle-related disease.
Nutrition is the core modality of Functional Medicine, an integrative approach to health. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of health care to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and evaluating the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.
Functional Nutrition emphasizes healthful eating personalized to your genetics, lifestyle, environment, and health concerns.
Functional Nutrition is about finding the right way for each of us as individuals to eat—using food to maximize the potential for health and reverse dysfunction or disease. There is no single “right diet” that applies to all of us. We have different genetic backgrounds, different preferences, and different lives. We all want to be healthy, but most of us haven’t figured out just how to make food and dietary patterns serve that goal. Functional Nutrition offers the concepts, strategies, and tools to make that happen!
Functional Nutrition developed out of a desire on the part of healthcare providers to change that picture.
Emerging science is very clear that food is a powerful influence on health. Food offers not only the
calories that fuel our body’s metabolism, but it also contains many diverse components that play important roles in all our bodily functions. Poor-quality food can actually create disease, and high-quality food—in the right proportions and amounts—can reverse disease and sustain
health. In a very real sense, food is medicine!
HOW FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE CAN HELP YOU
The prevalence of complex, chronic diseases is escalating globally, from heart disease and diabetes to irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, mental illness, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune disorders. Chronic diseases are diet- and lifestyle-related diseases and require dietary and lifestyle solutions. A major strength of Functional Nutrition is its focus on the molecular mechanisms that underlie disease, providing the basis for targeted, innovative solutions that can restore health.
The current healthcare system fails to take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or the ability of food, toxins, and other environmental factors to influence gene expression. The interaction between genes and environmental factors is a critical component in the development of chronic disease and plays a central role in the Functional Nutrition approach.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PRINCIPLES:
- We are all biochemically individual, based on the concepts of our genetic and environmental uniqueness
- Patient-centred approach, not the disease-centred approach
- The factors that influence our health is a complex web of interconnections, not just a cause and effect approach
- The role of a practitioner is to help the client find dynamic balance between all aspects of their health (body, mind, spirit)
- The health should be viewed as the presence of positive vitality, and not just the absence of disease
- Promotion of organ reserve with nutrition