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You can now schedule your nutrition appointments online! 15-minute discovery calls, initial intake appointments, and follow-up appointments can all be scheduled through our online platform.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is an evidence-based and systems-oriented approach that identifies the root cause of disease. Rather than merely addressing symptoms, we take a look at the interconnected factors of genetics, lifestyle, environment, diet, and patient history to get a clear picture of the underlying causes of dysfunction. Functional Medicine was created by the Institute for Functional Medicine, which is based out of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.
Functional Medicine looks at connected patterns within the body, rather than isolated organ systems. Health is viewed as a positive vitality, rather than the mere absence of disease or dysfunction. Treatment is patient-centered, rather than disease-centered, and is dependent upon a therapeutic partnership between the patient and the functional medicine nutritionist. You should plan on spending much more time with our functional medicine nutritionist than you would in a conventional medicine appointment. Appointments involve a thorough intake of patient history, including diet and lifestyle, in order to understand the causes of imbalance. From there, we use individualized nutrition recommendations and, if applicable, advanced lab testing to tailor a plan that will address your concerns.
What Can Functional Medicine Nutrition Help With?
Functional Medicine Nutrition can be used to support the following concerns:
- Gastrointestinal Imbalances: leaky gut, acid reflux (GERD), dysbiosis, Candida overgrowth, IBS, IBD, SIBO, Celiac disease, indigestion, bloating, food sensitivities, etc.
- Hormonal Dysregulation: adrenal dysregulation, PMS, irregular periods, etc.
- Cardiometabolic Conditions: diabetes, overweight, obesity, metabolic syndrome, etc.
- Autoimmune Conditions: Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis, Multiple sclerosis, etc.
- Aging: osteopenia, osteoporosis, inflammation, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, etc.
- Detoxification Support
What Our Patients Are Saying...
I had severe digestive issues which limited what I was able to eat. I suffered from gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. My goal with functional medicine nutrition was to seek assistance in finding the cause of the pain and improve my diet and overall health. I no longer have constant abdominal pain, bloating, or acid reflux. Functional medicine nutrition was key to eliminating the cause of my unhealthy gut. Jenn provided an invaluable educational insight and guidance in seeking and understanding the root cause of the problem. In addition to my overall health improving, I have much more energy, sleep better, and am able to gradually introduce foods that I thought were causing acid reflux.My experience in working with Jenn with functional medicine nutrition resulted in immediate positive results. Jenn's selection of my elimination diet and selection of a few supplements were key components to better health!
My interest in functional medicine nutrition was two-fold -- I wanted to discover the best nutritional support for a woman of my age (67) and I wanted a way of eating that would lower the inflammation in my body to help alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The most significant improvement I notice is the amount of energy I have throughout the day. Functional medicine nutrition is different from other eating plans I've tried in that it emphasizes food choices rather than focusing on foods I can't or shouldn't eat. I'm never hungry. Besides having more energy, I feel confident in my food choices and feel more in control of how those choices impact me. Eating is not an emotional response to the day's events. Functional medicine nutrition empowers me to make informed choices about the foods I eat and reflect upon the relationship between those choices and the way I feel."
I wanted to address being overweight and feeling stressed and tired. I had a serious lack of energy, and it was concerning. Most significantly, I have embraced cooking and viewing diet as a lifestyle choice rather than a chore. I’ve successfully lost weight and have gotten healthy on my own in the past, but I needed help and accountability this time around. Now that I have implemented functional medicine diet and lifestyle changes, I have been able to release stress, maintain mindfulness, and have gained back a lot of confidence. I feel incredibly relaxed as well as rejuvenated each day! Jenn is so knowledgeable, patient, kind, and she genuinely cares about my experience. It is so refreshing!
I decided to pursue functional medicine nutrition at Body In Balance because I had exhausted the possibilities with GI doctors. My goals were to restore digestive health and regain weight. With functional medicine nutrition, I got my GI system back on track and regained some weight. Now, I am back to normal workout activities and am sleeping well.
I wanted to decrease overall inflammation in hopes of healing my leg injury and possibly coming off RA medication. With functional medicine nutrition, I was sleeping better and had a decrease in inflammation as well as more energy. I loved the diet plans. They were balanced, not too strict, healthy, and easy to stick to. I am still taking my RA medicine but have experienced much more awareness in my body and mind connected to the food I eat.
My goals were to improve gut health and flora, improve my asthma, and lose weight. Since focusing on functional medicine nutrition, my gut health and flora improved, I am now operating at 30% above my basic lung function, and I lost almost 20 pounds. I have noticed that my body's inflammation has decreased greatly.
Having a specific nutrition plan tailored for me as well as the supplements that Jenn suggested helped me the most. My gut problems have improved greatly now that I have implemented the recommended diet and lifestyle changes. I still have occasional flare ups but not nearly as frequently. I feel better and am way less groggy. I no longer drink coffee, eat gluten or dairy, and have significantly cut back on added sugars. I am so much more aware of what I put in my body.
Jenn was amazing to work with! She gave great recommendations of brands of foods that I could eat on the elimination diet as well as explained everything in a way that I could understand.
I wanted to support my husband who saw Jenn. He had to do a 10-day cleanse so we did it together. I was surprised that my knee pain completely went away and my knee crunching was reduced. Eating a lot of vegetables is so tasty and not as hard and boring as you might think. The supplement we drank was pretty tasty. Jenn has helped my husband and I to realize the power of food and the power of the body to heal.