Functional Medicine

What is functional medicine?

It is a systems biology-based model that empowers us (as patients and practitioners) to work together to achieve your highest expression of health by addressing the underlying causes of your disease.

Functional medicine utilizes a unique operating system and personalized therapeutic interventions to support you in achieving optimal wellness.

For every chronic condition, there are usually imbalances in two or three different areas of the functional medicine matrix, which are described as follows:

Clinical Imbalances

Digestion and Absorption

Over 70% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract. The digestive system is responsible for assimilating food and deciding if the body will use it as fuel, discard it as waste or store it as fat or inflammation.

Are your symptoms associated with food/eating? Are you taking medications that may impair digestion and/or absorption? Are your food choices deficient or insufficient?

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Detoxification

The body’s main organs of detoxification are the liver and the kidneys, followed closely by the intestines and the skin. If the body cannot excrete waste via urination, defecation or perspiration, it will be processed through phase II detoxification in the liver. Several minerals/vitamins and other nutrients are required for the processes to take place.


Do you have a history of toxic exposure to chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides? Are you ‘sensitive’ to heavy perfume, certain smells, etc?

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Immune System / Inflammation

Environmental and/or food triggers can alter the function of our immune system. It can upregulate or downregulate our body’s response to inflammation.

Have you been exposed to environmental allergens, toxins, stress, infection, trauma? Are you consuming a balanced diet, rich in phytonutrients?

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Hormone Imbalance


Hormones and neurotransmitters are essential in regulating our body’s functions, including sleep and our response to emotions/stress.


Do you have a family or personal history of cardiometabolic or cardiovascular disease? Do you have insulin dysregulation? How about a history or suspicion of sleep apnea or sleep disturbance? Or maybe depression, anxiety, irritability or fatigue?

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Stress

All of the processes in our body require energy. This energy is provided by the mitochondria within each of our cells and needs antioxidants to function properly/efficiently.

Are you eating foods rich in antioxidants? Or supplementing with proper antioxidant support for your body?
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Blood Sugar Imbalances

All of the processes in our body require energy. This energy is provided by the mitochondria within each of our cells and needs antioxidants to function properly/efficiently.

Are you eating foods rich in antioxidants? Or supplementing with proper antioxidant support for your body?
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Thyroid Conditions

All of the processes in our body require energy. This energy is provided by the mitochondria within each of our cells and needs antioxidants to function properly/efficiently.

Are you eating foods rich in antioxidants? Or supplementing with proper antioxidant support for your body?
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Depression / Anxiety

All of the processes in our body require energy. This energy is provided by the mitochondria within each of our cells and needs antioxidants to function properly/efficiently.

Are you eating foods rich in antioxidants? Or supplementing with proper antioxidant support for your body?
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Chronic Fatigue

All of the processes in our body require energy. This energy is provided by the mitochondria within each of our cells and needs antioxidants to function properly/efficiently.

Are you eating foods rich in antioxidants? Or supplementing with proper antioxidant support for your body?
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