WHAT’S FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
Optimal health and wellness is our right as humans. It is often hard to decipher how or when we may have lost it and gotten off track. Ali is committed to helping you find your way back to wellness learning how to thrive vs. simply survive!
Functional medicine works to identify and treat the cause of a condition rather than silence the symptoms. We focus on improving on the health and wellness of the whole person instead of a quick fix with medication which may contribute to additional health issues by causing side effects. Ali treats the body as a whole, discovering the imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and metabolic dysfunction that regulate your system and are all too often overlooked in a standard model of health care. By strategic use of laboratory assessments, food-as-medicine, mind-body counseling, and pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplementation, we can address and correct these underlying issues to promote better health and functionality.
All too often a medication is prescribed for a condition that can be corrected by repleting a micronutrient deficiency. If using food-as-medicine, not only can you correct the targeted symptom or condition but you can also see favorable outcomes with varied conditions while correcting the driving cause verses covering it up. Ali looks for clinical trends when running micronutrient panels on patients. For instance a patient with depression, fatigue, thinning hair, and diabetes can see clinical outcomes with identification and repletion of biotin deficiency as biotin plays a role in mood stability, utilization of glucose as fuel, production of amino acids for hair growth, and release of insulin from pancreas to aid in blood sugar regulation. All of these favorable outcomes can come from repleting micronutrient deficiency and that same client may get the added benefit of reduced blood pressure as biotin aids in relaxing smooth muscles. Rather than leading to undesired side effects and causing a chain reaction of more medication need, food-as-medicine can address the symptoms and conditions from the root cause while provide a multitude of beneficial outcomes.
BEYOND FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE – ALI’S APPROACH TO BALANCED EATING