People are typically aware of their food allergies, but very few people consider the ways in which “intolerance” for food can impact our health. This is why the food intolerance test and Functional Medicine is such an integral part of today’s health and wellness plans.
Food intolerance is different than a food allergy, and even though the reaction may present as less severe initially, they can still wreak havoc on your body. An individual can be able to digest a food—not experience an allergic reaction—but at the same time, that said food could produce other less obvious symptoms that will impact one’s health, day in and day out. From gastrointestinal symptoms that come without any real “reason” to autoimmune disease flares, food intolerances can have a negative impact on your health.
Functional Medicine Works Beyond Just Food Sensitivity Issues
Functional Medicine is a natural option for healthcare. Rather than treating symptoms with harsh medications or surgery, Functional Medicine focuses on in-depth diagnostic tools that help you understand the cause of your problem. Rather than simply stifling the symptoms, functional medicine uses techniques to naturally correct that cause.
Functional Medicine is all about preventative care and learning what foods you are receptive to—and which you are not, as well as a full profile of your blood and saliva to actually see how your body’s chemistry is tuned.
A Functional Medicine program at Advanced Wellness may include:
- Blood & saliva testing
- Nutrient & food sensitivity tests
These tests go beyond traditional medicine, which uses bell-curve testing by comparing your results to the rest of the average population, not taking into account your own unique body composition and health. But with a Functional Medicine program, your doctor will be able to see how your individual body responds to various foods, rather than assuming your body will act like the average ordinary adult. By knowing which foods or potential nutrients you are lacking, your clinician will be able to tailor a health program to help you look and feel great.
Functional Medicine is Very Beneficial For Folks Suffering With Autoimmune Disorders
Choosing a wellness program that uses Functional Medicine to determine a preventative care routine is incredibly helpful for people with autoimmune disorders that rarely know what triggers a “flare” or sick period. There are so many factors that can go into autoimmune flares, and diet and wellness may help or hurt someone who is trying to go into remission. By identifying any issues or sensitivities—not standard food allergies that an allergist can test for—this could be so helpful to someone wondering if his or her diet is keeping him or her stuck in a flare period, like with Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Functional Medicine is also amazing for those who suffer from diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, gastrointestinal diseases, or hormonal imbalances.
Many patients coming to the doctor with gastrointestinal symptoms or symptoms of fatigue, lethargy and pains could be suffering from a lack of certain vitamins…nutrients…or even be facing severe food intolerances and not even know it.
Take a look into local wellness programs that offer Functional Medicine today. Even if you are feeling “well enough,” wouldn’t it be great to feel your optimal best? What is it about your health that you don’t know yet? Good preventative care today avoids disastrous “reactive care” tomorrow.