Functional medicine is defined as a branch of Allopathic medicine that focuses on improving the body’s physiological function as a primary method of improving the health of patients with chronic disease and health status changes. Functional medicine practitioners provide chronic care management with the belief that diet, nutrition, and exposure to environmental toxins play central roles in illness and disease states.
Functional medicine believes that the body is able to heal itself when it receives adequate nutrition, removal of waste, and rest. Therefore, its focus in lab testing involves the examination of these various effectors on one’s health. This includes those elements of bodily systemic efficiency such as digestive integrity, nutritional intake, and functional detoxification pathways—as well as variable causes that are often overlooked–particularly food allergies, hormonal imbalances, and exposure to environmental toxins.
Functional lab testing allows us to examine one’s diet and lifestyle to account for any nutrient deficiencies, such as B vitamins and amino acids, as well as key signs of accelerated aging such as adrenal fatigue and elevated stress compounds. The approach is simple: determine how well your body is operating as an integral system, where your diet and lifestyle is or is not meeting your body’s needs, and then supplement with only what is needed while you retrain your dietary and lifestyle habits as necessary.