ADDRESS THE WHOLE
Luckily, we live in times of great technological advancements and discoveries. Medicine has progressed a lot. We know way more about the heart and the brain than we ever did before, new treatments have been created that save lives.
Yet, in some ways, we’ve also taken things a bit far and have placed too much focus on treating single body systems, as opposed to looking at our body as a whole organism.
No system exists in isolation of the rest of body. Systems constantly communicate between one another and adjust accordingly to what’s happening in our internal and external environment.
If the Thyroid gland, aka the Queen of metabolism, is slow, everything in the body becomes slow - digestion, elimination, circulation, hair growth, weight gain etc. The Thyroid needs key nutrients in order to function optimally - zinc, selenium, iron, copper, vit D etc.
Well, guess what? Sluggish thyroid leads to sluggish digestion, thus affecting the optimal absorption and assimilation of these key nutrients from our food into the cells.
Kind of a Catch 22 situation - we need optimally functioning Thyroid for optimal digestion, yet we also need tip top digestion so the Thyroid gets what it needs to work well.
Thyroid function is supper affected by stress, and stress significantly slows down all digestive processes….. The incredible interconnectedness of all systems and processes in the human body.
This is what functional medicine does really well - it honours the unique role of every system, yet it treats our body as a whole, with the aim to always get to the root cause of the issues and bring our body back into balance by supporting the whole.
Functional medicine is an ever growing and emerging field, and the future of medicine alongside traditional allopathic approaches. They both have a place. Traditional medicine is brilliant for acute care and emergency intervention.
As evidence clearly shows, a functional approach to health is the answer to our growing epidemic of chronic imbalances & dis-ease and the key to living healthier, vibrant lives. Mind, body & soul are not separate.
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