Learning what to eat (and not to eat) is the first step for any wellness program. What you do and don’t consume is the single most important factor in changing your own specific health experience. Food has the ability to change your metabolic efficiency, body composition, and even genetic expression.
Included with each membership are 2 sixty minute consultations with our nutrition coach In these consultations, the nutrition coach will discuss the importance of eating whole-foods and nutrient-rich meals. They will also evaluate your current eating habits and show you how to change what you eat in order to improve your nutritional status.
The nutrition coach can also show you how to identify if you have any food sensitivities or allergies and help you adjust what you eat accordingly.
Drinking plenty of good, clean, mineral-rich water is a vital component of your health.
¾ of our body is water. 93% of our blood is water. Water is present in every cell of our body and is needed for proper cell function. Unfortunately, research has shown that 75% of Americans are functioning in a chronic state of dehydration.
Without adequate hydration, our brain doesn't work as well, our blood thickens which can increase blood pressure and decrease peripheral circulation, and the cartilage in our joints and disks in our back can dry out which worsens arthritis and joint pain. Also, many times the brain perceives thirst as hunger, so we eat instead of getting a tall glass of water to drink. In other words, drinking more water will reduce your appetite.
The human body was designed to be in regular movement. We were never designed to sit behind a desk for 8 hours or vegetate on a sofa all evening. When we sit too much, our muscles atrophy, our joints stiffen, we don't sleep as well, and our metabolism drops. Many experts are now calling sitting “the new smoking” because of its harmful effects on our health.
Part of your prescription plan at CFM will include a consultation with an exercise therapist. They will assess your fitness level, your ability to exercise, and will design a program specific to you to increase your physical activity and fitness level.
This pillar is the most important yet most difficult to address. You can eat perfectly, drink plenty of fluids, exercise regularly, and have perfect hormone levels, but if this pillar is not addressed your health will ultimately fail.
Stress management and good sleep are foundational to any health program. CFM will search for any sleep issues and address them as needed. We will also ask about any physical, emotional, or spiritual stressors and address each one specifically and individually. This may include a prescription for yoga, meditation, or a referral to a counselor or therapist.
For many people, many of the hormone levels in their body are lower than they should ideally be. This can be due to the aging process, their diet, gut dysfunction, and environmental toxin exposures. Eventually, these lower levels can result in symptoms that have a major impact on quality of life. These can include fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, weight gain, loss of libido, temperature regulation difficulties, change in bowel function, and many others.
Identifying these hormone imbalances and correcting them can produce life-changing benefits. The medical providers at CFM are trained to look for these hormone imbalances and have the expertise to help return them to their optimal levels. These hormones include adrenal, thyroid, insulin, leptin, testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.
The providers at CFM are also certified providers of BioTE hormone pellet therapy.
The Center for Functional Medicine (CFM) believes that there are 5 basic pillars that must be addressed in order to reach optimal physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Addressing only a few of them might result in temporary improvement, but all 5 must ultimately be addressed if you want to have long-lasting benefit.