Optimal health is about feeling well, bursting with energy and vitality, maintaining a healthy weight & mood despite the many demands of life in the 21st Century.
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care, it encompasses your lifestyle choices, your unique genetic make-up, your past medical history and seeks to change your underlying biochemistry by providing you with a personalised nutritional programme for optimal health and wellness.
The drivers of the many chronic health conditions are lifestyle choices especially what we choose to put in our mouths everyday, food influences your biochemistry by altering the micro-biome (family of bugs in the gut) which have the ability to increase or reducing inflammation, “The Diet Myth” (2015) Professor T. Spector. Weidenfield & Nicholson. UK.
Speak to us today or book a treatment online at HealthHub, which covers Yarm, Eaglescliffe, Stockton on Tees, Ingleby Barwick and Middlesbrough, where our Nutritionist will advise on a personalised course of treatment.
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As the interest in the micro-biome increases, the research suggests that this second largest organ in the body (second to the skin) has a profound influence on health.
The micro-biome constantly communicates with your Immune System, influences brain chemistry, weight and is responsible for the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Life today presents its own challenges to the gut, the rise in the sugar consumption, convenience foods, antibiotic use (which are vital and save lives) drugs and stress all play havoc with the micro-biome. “The gut microbiota in internal medicine: implications for health and disease (2015) Lankelam J T et al. the Netherlands Journal of Medicine. Vol 73.2.
Functional Medicine and Genomics is using your unique genetic make up to inform clinical practice to provide personalised medical care.
Nutrition can help many conditions
With over 30 years of experience in healthcare Angela’s special area of interest is balancing the micro-biome to support individuals experiencing many health issues which include:
- Weight gain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Food intolerances & Allergies
- Auto-immune disorders
- Hormone imbalances
- Neurological conditions to include Migraines, low mood & depression, ADHD & Autism
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Musculoskeletal problems
Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centerer focus of medical practice to a more patient-centred 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. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Why Do We Need Functional Medicine?
Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.
How Is Functional Medicine Different?
Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease.
The focus of functional medicine is on patient-cantered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs, therefore encompassing a holistic approach to treatment.
Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history be those physiology and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
The Institute for Functional Medicine is a nonprofit educational organisation, see www.functionalmedicine.org