Understanding Functional Medicine
Finding the root cause
Functional Medicine is a system that helps practitioners and clients to get to the root cause of chronic disease and stubborn symptoms. Using a physiological approach, rather than the traditional organ-systems definition of disease, we try to work out what is going on at a biological level. What might be triggering, driving or perpetuating your symptoms? And what can we do about it to help you feel better?
Often, the answers to these critical questions lie in targeted and highly specific lifestyle changes. SAGE Health + Nutrition specialises in this approach.
A note on my use of functional medicine principles...
Please note, however, that I do not do a lot of 'functional testing', and do not offer IgG food intolerance tests to my clients. Where testing is required, this is always highly targeted, and usually only after baseline lifestyle changes have been instigated. Likewise, I promote a 'food-first' approach to nutrition, rather than using a lot of supplements.
Each practitioner has a considered and different approach, but this is the way I work. For more information, please see my 4-pillar approach below;
The 4 Pillar Approach
These are the 4 fundamental principles of lifestyle health that define the SAGE approach to wellbeing. Each pillar is individually assessed and considered for every client - we don't solely focus on food.
Relaxation & Connection
Everyone that attends the SAGE clinic comes with a unique set of concerns, genetic makeup, health history, gut microbiota, dietary pattern and combination of life pressures. Therefore, no single SAGE approach can be defined, as it all depends on the specific needs of the individual. However, there are some key guiding principles that help to inform my practice.
To tell your story in an unhurried and relaxed environment
Tackling the most important changes first, at a realistic pace
Trying to isolate the root cause of ill-health
Humble and Honest
Knowing when to say I don't know, and then knowing how to help you find out
Promoting simple, tasty, whole foods as a fundamental principle of good health
Using peer-reviewed, reliable scientific literature to guide advice - not anecdote or trend
Working collaboratively to find a lifestyle plan that you enjoy, and can continue in the long term
Arming you with the knowledge to continue confidently on your own
Although I am a passionate advocate of the importance of a healthy diet, I also know that there is more to food than just its potential health benefits. Therefore, I always ensure there is space in any plan for joyful eating and celebration.