Functional Medicine: Addressing the root cause of disease

By Skin+Nutrition

Understanding the hows and whys of illnesses during a pandemic

It all starts in the guts

Functional medicine often called root cause medicine helps you identify the underlying cause of diseases.

It is based on the interactions between the environment and the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and immune systems to develop individualized treatment plans.

By addressing the hows and whys of an illness rather than symptoms, the functional medicine practitioner would be able to provide it’s patient a detailed understanding of their genetic, chemical reactions, and lifestyle factors and leverages in creating personalized treatment plans that lead to improvement of the patient’s condition.

For some, it may be identified as one condition which has many different causes, and, likewise, one cause may result in multiple different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each patient.

How effective Functional Medicine in battling COVID-19

With the rapid spread of coronavirus disease worldwide, developing symptoms, and progression of illness and fatality, it is clear that the function of the overall health status of individuals is on top priority.

Complex, chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes are directly connected with the risk of disease severity and mortality. Research shows that lifestyle interventions have specifically demonstrated to strengthen the immune system defense, reduce the probability, and mitigate the severity of viral infection.

Meanwhile, lifestyle intervention in Functional Medicine includes nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress reduction, and relationships. These factors are the foundation for optimal health and immune functions.

It is advised for every patient and those who have not contracted the virus to practice good night sleep, proper diet, consistent exercise, meditation routines, and constant communication with loved ones.

Supporting your immune system allows you to take control of creating health, creating resilience, and making your system ready to battle the unseen enemy.

While the absorption of nutrients from the foods that you eat has a direct effect on the structure, function, and wholeness of every little cell in the body. Strengthening the immune system should start from finding the right nutrition suitable to what your body needs.

Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc can help improve your immune system. Vitamin C is needed to produce collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin. The best sources of Vit. C are broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries, and sweet potatoes. Vit. D is best acquired through exposure to sunlight. And the richest source of zinc is oysters.

Zinc and collagen, both found in oysters, have been shown to boost the repair and regenerative qualities of skin. Collagen is also known to help make brittle nails and hair strong again.