Functional medicine looks at the biology body in a systems approach we are understanding that the heart is connected to the endocrine system, it’s connected to the brain, connected to our gut, connected to our hormones. Stress levels play into all of that and our psychological state contributes to that too. Inflammation is the key to keeping the body clear of disease. Depending on where the client is at or what the person needs – you might decrease carbs, eliminate dairy, supplement certain nutrients. So the client becomes more sensitive and then is able to listen to what their body needs more.
When people get sick – it’s something that has been going on for a long while – it did not just happen. So functional medicine looks back – are there genetic snps that are causing a problem? If so diet and supplements can be used accordingly to accommodate missing nutrients.
Does their psychological state stress their bodies, the way they think could be causing stress which in turn decreases hcl and digestive enzymes, increasing cortisol which then causing changes in the thyroid. So all of the body is connected, nothing works in isolation.
The 3 major hormones we have in our body
The 3 major hormones we have are insulin, adrenalin and cortisol. Insulin comes from the response of the food we are eating, cortisol and adrenalin come from the stress we have in our lives. So these hormones very much affect oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
So the way we eat, the lifestyle we have actually affect our hormones and of course affect how we feel.
A lot of people have an imbalance of oestrogen and progesterone, we see this is pms, in peri menopause.
If you have loads of stress there is a hormone called pregnenolone and that hormone makes progesterone. If we have too much stress the pregnenolone is pulled to make cortisol and then you have low progesterone which then can cause a lot of problems, with mood swings, irritability, irregular periods – so here we can see lifestyle is very much a large factor.
So when someone comes in it’s about looking at the adrenals, their food intake, because insulin in particular really affects hormones. So as we can see again it’s all connected, all related.
It’s about getting women to a place where they don’t have pms and when they re in menopause they feel great and yummy! Without all the known symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, low libido etc etc
Detox your emotions and detox physically.
We can’t hide from our internal world and how it impacts our lives. So addressing our internal physiology is key. Take a pause when you going over conversation in your head that has caused you stress – take a pause and do it differently. As practitioners when we understand our clients story it becomes a lot easier to connect the dots.
Eg. someone with depression – yes the story caused it, but what caused it to land, was it a genetic snp, that makes them more prone to depression, so we add a certain supplement according to the snp or was it a certain food they were eating that created a chemical reaction for them or the gut, as the gut is always so important. 2/3 of serotonin is made in the gut so again it’s all connected.
With functional medicine it’s very much about diving into the rabbit hole and investigating what the unique issues are for each individuals biochemistry to bring about alignment.