What is Functional Medicine

Functional medicine practitioners spend the time digging deep to find the cause of your symptoms and not just suppress them. We look at all aspects of your life including, eating patterns, sleep, bowel movements, stress, job, medications, supplements, physical activity, joy or lack of, etc. All of these aspects of one’s life influences your health in a significant way. Functional medicine dietitians address the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. When was the last time your doctor asked you, what brings you joy?

Our current healthcare system is designed to suppress symptoms rather than finding and fixing the cause of the symptom. This is the main reason our healthcare system is broken. This is the main reason why you have not experienced any relief from your condition despite seeing many specialists and doing all kinds of testing and medications.

Gut Health

90% of all chronic disease begins in the gut. This is not new information. This has been documented for thousands of years. Unfortunately, this has not been the focus in our healthcare system. Inflammation in the gut is the root cause of most chronic diseases. Functional medicine practitioners understand this, which is why we are so successful in reversing and preventing chronic disease.

Importance of Diet

Our diet plays a leading role in the health of our gut. Everything we eat or drink affects our gut health and our gut microbiome. The food we eat can be the most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. This is why diet and nutrition is a main focus of functional medicine practitioners.

Functional medicine practitioners also focus on avoiding disease. So while we work to reverse the issues, we also educate our patients on the steps to take to prevent further suffering, something western medicine fails to do.

Karen Graham, RDN is a Scottsdale, AZ based functional medicine dietitian. She is a microbiome expert in how it relates to diet and chronic disease. Karen has been in private practice for 11 years. Learn more by attending our New Patient Workshop. These monthly workshops focus on bringing you up-to-date on the latest information regarding your health and how the gut microbiome plays a significant role. We are in the era of the gut microbiome and the information is changing at a rapid rate so the workshops are also updated on a monthly basis.

Understanding the Gut Microbiome, Diet and Chronic Disease

Microbiome of the Gut

The gut microbiome is a complex ecosystem within the gastrointestinal tract. This ecosystem is made up of 500-1000 species of gut bacteria. When these gut bacteria are altered so is the health of the host, meaning our own health. When our gut microbiome is healthy, so are we. These microbes influence our metabolism, inflammation, our mood, and our immune system.

Gut Microbiome Diet

Studies show that alterations in the gut microbiome due to an unhealthy diet and poor lifestyle contribute to the development of a host of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, leaky gut, colon cancer, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

According to recent research, the factors that contribute to a healthy microbiome are a diversified diet, limited processed foods & adequate fiber.

The good news is that the gut microbiome can be shaped by long-term dietary interventions, according to a 2015 study in obese patients.

Microbiome Expert

As a registered dietitian that specializes in the gut microbiome and chronic disease, Karen Graham, RDN can help you restore a healthy, diverse microbiome at any stage of your life. These changes in your diet and lifestyle will balance the gut microbiome and in turn optimize your weight and prevent/reverse chronic disease.

Karen Graham is a Scottsdale, Arizona based functional medicine nutritionist. She is a microbiome expert in how it relates to diet and chronic disease. Karen has been studying the gut microbiome for the past 8 years and she has developed a simple, multi-pronged approach to addressing an unbalanced microbiome and getting your health back on track.

Learn more by attending our New Patient Workshop. These monthly workshops focus on bringing you up-to-date on the latest information regarding your health and how the gut microbiome plays a significant role. We are in the era of the gut microbiome and the information is changing at a rapid rate so the workshops are also updated on a monthly basis.