Functional Wellness can help you live without symptoms that are common, but they are not normal, as well as help you feel energetic, healthy and ready to embrace life and all its ups and downs.
In order to know if you want functional wellness, you need to know what functional wellness is. Here is my definition.
Functional wellness is wellness of the entire body…physical, mental, and spiritual… in an integrative, balanced approach, using lifestyle and environmental awareness and tools to allow you to thrive while enjoying daily functioning and responsibilities of your life.
Integrative means to unify separate things. Functional wellness doesn’t just look at one part of the body or one symptom. It is looking at the body as a whole, knowing all systems interact and work together to achieve homeostasis or balance.
The body is meant to function on all cylinders. To be firing well. However, lifestyle choices and environment can slowly have an effect on the body’s functioning, good and bad. This usually results in symptoms that many of us think are normal or a sign of aging. But is that true? If symptoms are a sign of aging, wouldn’t everyone have the same symptoms and get those symptoms at the same age? Symptoms are a sign that there is malfunctioning in the body. Because the systems in the body are interconnected, a symptom can show up in one area, but the cause can be in another area.
Symptoms of fatigue, overweight, stomach upset, hot flashes, PMS, constipation and so much more may be a regular part of life in the developed world. Symptoms are common. However, symptoms aren’t normal. Symptoms are signs that the body is compensating for imbalances and metabolic chaos.
If you are finding everyday tasks are getting more difficult to do, you do not have functional wellness. Evaluating and making lifestyle choices that can nourish the body can help move toward functional wellness. Focus in these areas to make the most difference:
1) Food – Everything you put in your body either nourishes or hurts your body’s functioning. I can help you learn to listen to your body, to know what is good for you and what might not be or what you might have a sensitivity to. We all wish there was one way to eat for everyone, but we are all different. What each of us needs is different. Changes to what you eat can help your body function better.
2) Sleep – Sleep is critical to our body’s ability to detoxify as well as rejuvenate and repair its cells. Cell damage or oxidation of cells slows the body’s ability to continue being in balance. In my opinion, sleep and food are the two top areas to work on in order to move toward functional wellness.
3) Movement – Our bodies are not meant to be stationary. We are meant to move, stretch, work. When our bodies are static, gravity has a negative effect. Movement is not just exercising for an extended period of time, but all the movements you do throughout the day. It is possible to move too little and too much.
4) Self-Care – Stress is the number one contributor to chronic illness. Over 50% of all doctor visits are related to stress. In our busy world, we tend to put ourselves last. Finding ways to incorporate self-care into your life doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It should be fun and doable.
5) Supplementation – Taking supplements should be for three reasons a) Targeted therapy to support or stimulate a system or organ for a short period of time, b) Relief care to help with symptoms while making changes to lifestyle and allow time for the body to move toward balance. c) Maintenance because there are some vitamins and minerals the body just can’t get by diet and lifestyle choices, such as Vitamin D.
6) Environment – Getting rid of toxins that are harming your body is cumulative. Anything you can eliminate that harms the body, can help your body more toward balance and functioning.
For functional wellness, we don’t treat symptoms but look to the whole body for clues. Plus I can help you have lab tests run to look at hormone and immune functions, digestive and detoxifying pathways, and energy systems. Then we can correlate the results with your symptoms and complaints in order to create a plan of action specific to you to help you move toward functional wellness.
Functional Wellness does take time and effort on your part. Working with me, a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practioner, to achieve functional wellness is not for you if:
- You want a quick fix. If you want to pop a pill to feel better today, only to have the symptom come back tomorrow and pop another pill.
- Your doctor is in charge of your health. If you think only physicians have answers to your health problems, and that you aren’t responsible for your own health.
- You are ok with slowing down, having symptoms and aging like everyone else.
- You want to stay with the status quo. You like what you eat, how much you sleep and move, and you don’t have time for self-care. You are willing to take medications for any future illnesses as they come up rather than making changes.
- You aren’t interested in listening to and learning about your body.
Does working with me mean you will be cured or healed of all disease? No. I am not a physician. I will never promise something I can’t do; however I can help you listen to your body, help you make changes to feel better than you do now, and help you know how to live your best, healthy life using your inner savvy. Our bodies are amazingly created, but things can go wrong. You can move toward homeostasis and balance. I am just there to be your guide, you coach, your sounding board because there is so much confusing information out there. Motivation is usually the toughest part of making and sustaining changes.
If you are tired of not feeling your best, you are gaining a few pound each year, and you know something has to change. If you don’t want to let go of your dreams due to health issues for your best years that are yet to come. If you are motivated to learn and try new things. I would love to chat with you to see if you and I are a good fit to work together.
I only take a few clients at a time who are ready to do the work to achieve functional wellness. Is that you? Schedule your Healthy Results Phone Session today for up to 20 minutes. I will ask a few questions and answer any you might have as to what it is like to work with me, so you can have the information you need to decide if you are ready to move toward functional wellness.
Comment below if you believe there is such a thing in functional wellness. Can you make a difference in your body’s health?
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