What is Integrative, Functional and Lifestyle Medicine- Innovative Health utilizes a “systems approach” that understands that problems in one area translate to problems in the entire system. This approach allows for deep insight into the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors to provide a comprehensive understanding of the patient. By using the principles of Functional Medicine, we put emphasis on healthy living principals, food as nutrition, and nutraceuticals to target health and disease prevention.
The body makes over 100 hormones, at Innovative Health we take hormone management to a new and higher level of understanding. We use the latest testing methods including, saliva, urine, blood spot, and serum. We provide comprehensive balancing of sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, but we understand that hormone balance is not just about balancing sex hormones, but understanding the effect of these hormones on metabolism, as well as the interplay with other hormones such as DHEA, cortisol, pregnenolone, neurotransmitters, and growth hormone.
Managing Stress and Reducing Fatigue
According to Johns Hopkins University, the typical American has more stress in 30 days then then their grandparents had in an entire lifetime. We know from research that chronic stress has a tremendous negative impact on our health – weakening our immune, causing inflammation, increasing cortisol and disrupting the natural biome in the gastrointestinal system. The effects of stress can lead to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal complaints, low libido, insomnia, mood fluctuation, weight gain and much more.
Natural Weight Loss through Nutritional Support and Exercise
Many patients have been told that weight loss is simply “Calories in vs calories out”. At Innovative Health we approach weight loss from a Functional Medicine perspective that appreciates the fact that patients will not lose weight and keep it off, if there are imbalances within different systems. Plans that correct these imbalance include work to support stress management that will decrease belly fat, plans for optimal GI health because the newest research tells us that an unhealthy gut can be a major cause of our inability to lose weight. At Innovative health we provide nutrition and exercise plans that work without prescription medications, plans that allow the patient to lose weight and keep it off, plans that work when diets and exercise have failed.
Optimized Digestive Health
At Innovative Health we work to balance the gastrointestinal tract. Heartburn, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain are all signs that our digestive system is not in balance. Between 70-- 80 % of our immune system lies within an inch of our GI tract, thus making GI health imperative to immune function. Gi health also plays a major role in detoxification and mood disorders such depression, as the majority of the hormone serotonin is made in the GI tract. Our goal is to promote a healthy immune system, optimize detoxification, support nutritional uptake, and the natural production of hormones through the balancing of the GI system.
The latest research supports inflammation as a major contributing factor to the development of many diseases including autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, hypertension, Alzheimer's and diabetes. Assessment and treatment of inflammation and its symptoms - high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint pain, GI issues, insomnia and fatigue. At Innovative Health we use advanced testing to search for the sources of inflammation and develop treatment plans to reduce and manage inflammation. We provide a comprehensive and supportive plan to help patients to manage inflammation with an end goal to improve health, quality of life and to reduce or eliminate the need for many prescription medications.
Naturally Detoxifying the Body
We live in a toxic world where we are exposed to toxins continuously through household and lawn chemicals, personal care products even our drinking water. Foods are sprayed with fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides and todays’ food supply has dramatically less nutritional value due to soil depletion from chemicals. Just eating the “Standard American Diet” of fast foods, sweets and alcohol can lead to toxic overload. We inhale toxins from cigarette smoke and air pollution. The FDA says that the top 15 personal care products contain over 120 toxic chemicals never seen in our environment until 50 years ago. At Innovative Health we understand that these everyday toxins cause major imbalances, disease, and even cancer. Using state of the art testing, we are trained to uncover unhealthy toxic burdens and develop plans to support and correct these types of imbalances.
Emphasis on Prevention and Education
Transforming a patient's ‘life path” to a healthy and sustainable level takes both time and education. At Innovative Health we understand that changes are difficulty and don’t happen overnight, but we are dedicated to guiding our patients on their journeys. We value the role of education as a means to help the patient to understand the “why” of their treatment plans and to provide ongoing resources.
Education is targeted to answering questions like:
- What foods should I eat?
- Which foods should I avoid?
- What type of exercise do I need, and how often?
- How can I get a good night's sleep?
- Are my hormones safe?
- Can I get off some of my prescription medications?
Innovative Health provides individualized and targeted nutrition and weight loss plans, tailored exercise routines and an individual resource library to help the patient improve knowledge and stay on track.
Advanced Functional Medicine Testing
There are hundreds of tests available to help us understand our patient’s unique biology. For example there are tests for mold exposure testing (linked to chronic fatigue and a weakened immune), heavy metal testing (linked to neurological symptoms and cardiovascular disease), hormone pathway testing (checking not just levels of hormones but what they are actually do within the body), advanced cardio metabolic testing (that look deeply into cardiovascular risk) just to name a few. At Innovative Health we understand that simply being “in the normal reference range” on lab testing does not produces optimal health.
The latest research supports inflammation as a major contributing factor to the development of many diseases including autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, hypertension, Alzheimer's and diabetes. At Innovative Health we asses and treat the causes of inflammation and its symptoms - high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint pain, digestive issues, insomnia and fatigue. At Innovative Health we use advanced testing to search for the sources of inflammation and develop treatment plans to reduce and manage inflammation. We provide a comprehensive and supportive plan to help patients to manage inflammation with an end goal to improve health, quality of life and to reduce or eliminate the need for many prescription medications.