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FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

The Connection between the Gut and the Brain

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The Functional Medicine Approach to Mental Health

 

Experiencing brain fog, anxiety, depressive symptoms and other mental health symptoms are indicators of early brain degeneration and suboptimal brain health.

One of the characteristics of the brain is its neuroplasticity or its ability to regenerate, adapt, and change.

How Functional Medicine Approaches managing individuals with Mental Health issues

  • Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. This empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to achieve patient's health goals. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.

  • By shifting from the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

  • Functional Medicine incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease.

  • The main objective would be to address the nutrition needs and requirements of the brain and to eliminate all perpetuating factors hindering the brain's capability for neuro regeneration and ability for neuroplasticity by implementing a health program to build the brain and promote optimal brain function.

  • Functional Medicine enables physicians and other health professionals to practice PROACTIVE, PREDICTIVE, PERSONALIZED, and PARTICIPATIVE medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.

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