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.