Updated: 10/7/23; Originally Published 5/3/23
Functional Wellness does not diagnose or treat disease. We definitely do not wait until you are so sick that you have earned yourself a diagnosis or disease! We support the optimal functioning of the body by taking away roadblocks to healing, providing the necessary resources to the body, and maintaining your personal Wellness Lifestyle.
What Are The Fundamentals of Functional Wellness?
When working to improve your wellness, together we optimize the following 7 Fundamentals of Functional Wellness:
- Digestion and Assimilation
- Nervous System Regulation
When there is a problem with any one of these 7 Fundamentals of Functional Wellness, the function of your body shifts to suboptimal and you begin to compensate accordingly.
Fundamentals Affect Body Function
Examples of function changes that occur when your Fundamentals are compromised:
- Poor sleep
- Poor bile flow
- Shallow breathing
- Low digestive enzymes
- Poor detoxification
- Low stomach acid
- Poor cellular metabolism/function
- Low nutrient levels
Even with suboptimal functioning, your body and brain do their very best to keep you alive anyway. The body’s main concern is keeping you alive long enough to procreate – but your happiness, comfort, clarity of thoughts, ability to remember, and energy level are not of primary concern.
Poor Body Function Leads to Symptoms
You experience symptoms created by the poor function of the body. So many symptoms! If we address the symptoms only, we are not solving the initial problem. We want to fix the issue so you can feel better not older! That means working on the Fundamentals and removing your personal roadblocks.
What kind of symptoms are related to poor function and low support of the Fundamentals of Functional Wellness?
- Brain fog
- High blood pressure
- Immune dysregulation
- Adrenal/Stress dysregulation
- Poor kidney function
- Leaky gut
- Hormone imbalance
- Mood disorders
- Chronic inflammation
- Poor fat assimilation
- Neurotransmitter imbalance
- Poor liver function
- Oxidative stress
- Bacterial imbalance
- High histamine/allergies
- Weight gain
Your body can be very creative in how it compensates.
Symptoms Resolve Through Functional Wellness
Are you low on selenium in your diet but high in mercury from your silver fillings? Your body will attempt to use the mercury instead – but it won’t work so well and you will be fatigued. Solution: Improve your mineral intake and reduce your mercury via detox
Are you low on iodine for making thyroid hormones but have chlorine from your swimming pool or drinking water? That is a substitute for their creation but the thyroid hormones will not work in the cells. Solution: Improve your iodine levels and lower your exposure to chlorine
Low on calcium and magnesium for your muscles? No problem – you can just extract some from your bones. But are you replacing it afterwards? With what? Lead from your lipstick, drinking water, old paint, or gas fumes? Solution: Raise your mineral intake and support your body’s movement of those minerals into your muscles for use and bones for storage.
Do you bathe your cells in nutrients for optimal function or are your cells like swamps – stagnant and toxic? Solution: Address your hydration and your detox on the cellular level
Are you excreting fabulous poop daily? You need to be! Otherwise you are likely to be grumpy, have trouble with mood and thinking, experience immune issues, and more! Solution: Improve digestion capabilities, address hydration, work on nervous system, get the body moving!
Are you dealing with chronic inflammation but don’t know why its there? Solution: take a multi-pronged approach – work on your fundamentals and consider some testing to see which roadblocks need removed
Do you move your entire body to create flows of blood and lymph fluids or are parts of your body still enough to have poor flow? Solution: Support your need for daily whole body movement
Do you spend enough time daily with your nervous system sufficiently calm to be in a healing state – especially while you sleep? Do you spend enough time daily with your nervous system stimulated in beneficial ways to build strength, stamina, resilience, and get things done? Solution: Let’s shift your nervous system and teach you how to maintain it
If your blood pressure is high, do you wonder why? What does your body need that is causing a rise in your BP? Is you blood too thick to flow well in your blood vessels? Are you low on important nutrients that your cells are demanding? Is your fascia so tight as to limit blood flow? Is your brain low on oxygen? Is your nervous system responding to chronic stress? Solution: Support better blood flow and your BP will go down! There are so many ways … which ones are right for you?
How is your digestion? You can have the best diet in the world but with poor digestion (maybe from chronic stress?), you are making expensive pee and poop while still feeling poorly. Solution: Is it nervous system related? Insufficient stomach acid? Let’s figure it out together.
I look forward to working with you on improving your Fundamentals of Functional Wellness.