While Western practices continue to advance in leaps and bounds, many patients are still being treated for their symptoms instead of their underlying conditions.
Fortunately, we are witnessing a shift in the field of health and medicine as functional medicine gains acceptance.
What is functional medicine? It is a new approach to conventional medicine that works to identify and treat the root cause of an ailment by viewing the body as a single integrated system rather than a collection of independent organs. The result is treating the body as a whole instead of addressing a cluster of symptoms.
Functional medicine seeks to create a patient-centered approach in a therapeutic environment where genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors are taken into consideration during diagnosis and treatment processes. Together, patient and practitioner can address individual health and create a long-term treatment plan for chronic and complex disease.
So, how can functional medicine promote healthy weight loss and maintain the results?
The nature of this alternative medicine enables it to address the needs of the individual rather than rely on traditional paths of knowledge to establish a conclusion.
If you are struggling to lose weight or your waistline is expanding despite your best efforts, I invite you to consider the route of integrative medicine for a more custom approach than visiting a New Jersey diet center. After all, the role of a functional medicine practitioner is to identify unique needs and barriers that make up a patient’s current health status. While traditional medicine relies on the conventional compound of exercise and healthy eating, functional medicine looks closer to uncover the underlying causes of weight gain and help you establish a custom diet and exercise plan that targets your weight loss goals.
By working with a functional medicine doctor to determine your health needs, you can determine whether your stubborn weight is the result of underlying causes such as:
- Hypothyroidism: The thyroid helps regulate many bodily functions, and when it underperforms, the consequences can include a slow metabolism and loss of energy.
- Chronic stress: Women are confronted with sources of stress every day, and this can lead to a flood of cortisol, the “fight or flight” hormone. The presence of cortisone in the body promotes weight gain and weight loss plateau.
- Too many toxins: We take in toxins every day through food, cosmetic products, and air pollution. Too much toxicity can disrupt hormonal cycles and prevent weight loss.
- Hormonal imbalance: When hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, and insulin are off-kilter, they can result in muscle loss, sleep deprivation, sugar cravings, and other weight loss barriers.
Furthermore, functional health practices incorporate many types of holistic medicine to retune your system and balance its natural functions. While fad diets and weight loss pills may seem like a fast way to lose weight, they can’t sustain the long-term weight management that is at the core of holistic and functional dietary approach. By working with your body to shed pounds, you can not only lose weight but keep it off for the rest of your life.
To learn more about the role of a functional medicine practitioner and how I can help you achieve stable weight and long-term health, I invite you to contact Sage Nutrition and Healing Center in Little Silver, New Jersey, today!