Functional medicine and Western medicine?

by | Feb 9, 2023 | Blog, Fitness & Wellness, Nutritional Education

What’s the difference between Functional medicine and Western medicine?

Functional medicine and Western medicine are two different approaches to healthcare. Western medicine is a conventional, disease-oriented approach that focuses on treating symptoms and illnesses through drugs or surgery. On the other hand, functional medicine is a holistic, patient-centered approach that considers the underlying causes of disease and focuses on the person as a whole. It seeks to address the root causes of chronic illness through personalized lifestyle and dietary changes, along with targeted supplements and medications when necessary. In summary, Western medicine aims to treat symptoms, while functional medicine aims to find and treat the root cause of illness.

What are Functional Blood panels?

Functional medicine focuses on finding the root cause of a health condition and in order to do this, Wellthy Soul uses comprehensive blood work to gather important information about your health. These tests provide insight into your body’s functioning at a cellular level. This helps us to identify imbalances or deficiencies that may be contributing to your health concerns.

Your blood lab results will give us a comprehensive view of your overall health.  We will be able to understand your kidney function, hormone levels, metabolism, inflammation, and nutrient status. This information helps us create a personalized plan for your health and wellness, tailored to your unique needs and goals.

It is important to note that these blood tests are not just standard tests that you may have had before. They are more comprehensive and often include panels that are not included in typical lab work. For example, we may test for oxidative stress markers, which can provide valuable information about potential triggers for chronic inflammation.

When does Wellthy Soul use Functional Blood panels?

Wellthy Soul programming includes Functional Blood Panels and this occurs before your custom program is designed.  We want to understand your current biomarkers and chemistry. Next, as a Care Team, we address all nutritional deficits before you meet with Emily Parker, the Registered Dietician of Wellthy Soul.

Functional Nutrition

Functional nutrition uses a combination of dietary changes, nutrient supplementation, and lifestyle modifications to support the body’s natural healing processes and achieve optimal health. This approach also considers the interconnectedness of different systems in the body, such as the gut, hormone, and immune systems, and how they can impact overall health. We want to not only feed your body for weight loss, or maintenance; Wellthy Soul wants to feed you foods you love and need in your body right now.

Our goal at Wellthy Soul is to provide personalized and evidence-based recommendations to support an individual’s specific health needs and goals. Whether you are looking to improve your energy levels, address digestive issues, lose weight, or support hormone balance, functional nutrition can help you achieve optimal health and wellness.

Why add Functional Hormone Testing to your blood panel?

Hormones play a crucial role in our overall well-being, but imbalances can lead to a variety of health issues. Functional medicine testing goes beyond just checking hormone levels, it looks at the bigger picture to understand how hormones interact with each other and the impact on your health. Say goodbye to guesswork and hello to personalized solutions from the Wellthy Soul Care Team.

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Our approach

We want to help you understand what’s actually happening in your body. If you are ready for a comprehensive review and plan to address your body’s needs, we are prepared to start your journey. Complete the client inquiry here and get started with Wellthy Soul for as little as $99.00.