Lifestyle & Environmental Wellness
Conveniently located to serve Denver Metro, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs.
Functional Medicine’s Approach to Lifestyle and Environmental Related Conditions
Chronic illnesses begin when our lifestyle choices and environmental exposures accumulate causing inflammation and damage to an area of the body such as the heart, lungs, and kidneys. Genetic predispositions may exist, but it is not until those genetic pieces are acted on by our life choices that they are turned on and can lead to a myriad of diseases such as diabetes, gout, chronic kidney disease, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Modern medications can control symptoms and make us feel better for awhile but because they do not treat the root cause of an illness, we cannot heal with medication and we are at risk for further disease to develop.
What is Functional Medicine’s Approach to Lifestyle and Environmental Related Conditions?
Naturally, we dive into lifestyle changes when addressing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol as well as many other illnesses which are brought on by lifestyle choices. Food is medicine and you will learn about anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense diets which capitalize on the science-proven healing effects of macronutrients, micronutrients, prebiotics, probiotics, and phytonutrients targeting your illness. We will encourage regular movement which fits your lifestyle, habits, and preferences and help assess your sleep quality, quantity, and stress management, providing tips and techniques to improve these important factors for overall good health.
Using tests that go far beyond the common labs ordered by conventional offices, we utilize advanced thyroid and cholesterol testing including lipoproteins, LDL and HDL particle numbers, reverse T3, fasting insulin levels, salivary cortisol tests, stool analysis, and genetic testing. Newer technology for screening for heart and brain disease as well as for analyzing body composition allows us to detect and reverse diseases in their earliest stages and prevent diseases by detecting changes in the body’s function which signal developing disorders.
How Does Functional Medicine for Lifestyle and Environmental Related Conditions Work?
Our providers begin by getting to know you and your health history which reveals what the origin or root causes of your health issues are. Decisions regarding specific tests are then made based on your history and as we begin implementing the plan that you and your provider develop in partnership, we will order tests that will define how to further individualize your care. Further visits are used to support your journey on a path to improved health, restoration, and vitality and to adjust nutrition, stress management, and exercise as your daily life experiences dictate.
How Do Lifestyle and Environmental Conditions Affect Health?
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“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patients in care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison