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:

Genetics

I would love to share a new service with you that I am offering my patients. I have partnered with 3X4 Genetics, who offer a personalized plan that gives you insights that help you understand your health better, with clear and actionable recommendations to help you improve your quality of life. It’s not invasive at all, it only requires a cheek swab that takes 30 seconds.

Why the 3X4 Genetic Blueprint? Your genes are unique. They tell the story of you, and only you; no one else has ever had the same genetic makeup. That’s awesome, because instead of having to do what works okay for most, you can do what works best for you.

Here’s just some of the value you will get with your 3X4 Blueprint:

  • Healthy heart – find out how your genes are supporting your heart health and how you can support your cardiovascular system;
  • Weight Loss – your genes have a big role to play in how your body manages weight, find out insights to help you manage your weight intelligently;
  • Hormones – find out how well your hormones work and get insights about whether you should be avoiding taking hormones, such as the contraceptive pill or testosterone;
  • Immunity – how well are your genes working to fight off viruses, knowing how healthy your immune system is and what you can do to build a strong immune system are important in these times;
  • Exercise– find out what training works best for you, how to get fit and avoid injury by training smarter;
  • Brain health – what you can do to optimize cognition as you get older;
  • Optimal diet – Find out how well you process nutrients such as gluten, vitamin D, caffeine and many more.

The 3X4 Blueprint is completely unique in the fact that every insight has a clear action plan, find out how to work with your genes so that you can live a longer, healthier and better life.

If you want to know what the 3X4 Blueprint looks like, see the attached Female Sample Report, Male Sample Report and Brochure. If this sounds exciting or you want to find out more, please set up an appointment so we can come up with your own personalized program based on your genetics!

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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Cardiovascular Health / 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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Immune System / 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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