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Functional Nutrition

Today’s most prevalent health issues are primarily caused by the interactions between genetics, lifestyle choices, and environmental exposures. Treating them requires an understanding of these interactions for the creation of appropriate treatments, personalised to each individual.

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Today’s most prevalent health issues are primarily caused by the interactions between genetics, lifestyle choices, and environmental exposures. Treating them requires an understanding of these interactions for the creation of appropriate treatments, personalised to each individual.

Dieticians, like medical doctors, are classically trained in the disease-diagnostic model, but instead of giving pills, we provide dietary solutions to manage certain symptoms or conditions.

Functional medicine allows us to heal, restore function, improve energy levels and create wellness, not just manage symptoms. 

Functional Medicine is a systems-oriented, science-based approach that involves taking a patient’s biochemistry, physiology, genetics, and environmental exposures into account when looking for the cause of a specific disease.

As per the illustration, what is above the ground is easier to see and therefore easier to treat.  Unless you dig down and uproot the weed, you’ll never contain it, you’ll only stunt its growth.  Root causes of chronic disease are often lack of sleep, poor nutrition, stress or a toxic environment. Your specific genetic make-up will determine your body’s response.  One key principle of functional medicine is that no illness happens in isolation.

To assist in identifying these causes we might need alternative tests that are outside of basic bloods and lab tests and can include the following:

IgG ELISA Food Antibodies:  This blood test assesses IgG antibodies for 87 combined foods, including gluten.  The aim is to pinpoint food allergies and sensitivities that may be disrupting digestion and open the door to autoimmune disorders and other inflammatory diseases.

Organic Acids Test:  Organic acids are urinary markers of metabolism.  This urine test looks at issues related to mitochondria, B-vitamin deficiency, detoxification and more.

Digestive Stool Analysis:  Used primarily to identify gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, this test also reveals the health of the gut’s ecology (good and bad bacteria levels) The analysis detects yeast, parasites and toxins that could cause diarrhoea.

Amino Acid Testing:  This tests the levels of certain amino acids in your blood, as amino acids are the enzymes, building blocks and repairers of the body, identifying which are lacking, and supplementing targeted amounts can greatly improve health and wellbeing.

Urine Hormone Testing:  Urine tests are more accurate than blood tests and other hormone analysis, and give a clearer picture of Adrenal Health (Cortisol,  DHEA and related metabolites), Female / Male Hormone Health (Oestrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone and related metabolites) and Oxidative stress.

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Genetic Testing:  Refer to “Conditions” for more information

And many others…

Medical aid rarely covers these tests, so be prepared that it might have to come out of pocket.  We will determine which tests could be helpful in your treatment at the time of your consultation.  We do not perform these tests without first consulting with one of our Dieticians. We will determine which tests could be helpful in your treatment at the time of your consultation.

The most impactful changes are often the simplest, yet most challenging ones to make in our fast paced, excess driven society.

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