Because a Functional medicine Health coach, will consider several factors, including:
Environmental inputs – The air you breathe and the water you drink, the diet you eat, the quality of the food you have available, your level of physical activity and toxic exposures or traumas you have experienced all affect your health.
Body – mind connection – Psychological, spiritual and social factors can all have a profound impact on your health. Given these areas, the functional medicine health coach helps to see your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just your physical symptoms.
Genetic setup– Although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your DNA is not an unchanged blueprint for your life. New research shows that your genes can be affected by everything in your environment, as well as your experiences, attitudes and beliefs. This means that it is possible to change the way genes are activated and expressed.
By assessing these underlying causes and tricks, of dysfunction, a functional medicine health coach is able to understand how processes are affected. These are the body’s processes that keep you alive. Some occur at the cellular level and involve how cells function, repair, and maintain themselves.
These processes are related to larger functions, such as:
- how your body excretes toxins
- regulates hormones
- immune system function
- digestion and absorption of nutrients and the health of the digestive tract
- structural integrity
- psychological and spiritual balance n how to produce energy
- inflammatory reactions
All of these processes are influenced by environmental factors and your genetic setup; when disturbed or out of balance, they lead to symptoms that can lead to disease if effective interventions are not used.
A coherent approach in treatment . Most imbalances in functionality can be solved; some can be completely restored to optimal function and others can be significantly improved.
Prevention is paramount. Almost all complex, chronic diseases precede long-term disturbances in functionality that can be identified and managed effectively.
Changing the function of the systems can have a major impact on the patient’s health. A functional medicine health coach examines a wide range of available options and adapts a treatment plan that includes what has the greatest impact on the underlying functionality.
Functional medicine expands the Health coach’s toolbox. Treatments may include combinations of various herbal teas, supplements, therapeutic diets or detoxification programs, as well as homeopathy. They may also include lifestyle advice, exercise or stress management techniques.
The patient becomes a partner. As a patient, you become an active partner together with your functional medicine health coach. Such a partnership allows you to be responsible for improving your own health and changing the outcome of your illness.