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Do You Want Functional Wellness?

Functional Wellness can help you live without symptoms that are common, but they are not normal, as well as help you feel energetic, healthy and ready to embrace life and all its ups and downs.

Do You Want Functional Wellness? | Inner Savvy Wellness
In order to know if you want functional wellness, you need to know what functional wellness is.  Here is my definition.

Functional wellness is wellness of the entire body…physical, mental, and spiritual… in an integrative, balanced approach, using lifestyle and environmental awareness and tools to allow you to thrive while enjoying daily functioning and responsibilities of your life.

Integrative means to unify separate things.  Functional wellness doesn’t just look at one part of the body or one symptom.  It is looking at the body as a whole, knowing all systems interact and work together to achieve homeostasis or balance.

The body is meant to function on all cylinders.  To be firing well. However, lifestyle choices and environment can slowly have an effect on the body’s functioning, good and bad.  This usually results in symptoms that many of us think are normal or a sign of aging. But is that true?  If symptoms are a sign of aging, wouldn’t everyone have the same symptoms and get those symptoms at the same age?  Symptoms are a sign that there is malfunctioning in the body.   Because the systems in the body are interconnected, a symptom can show up in one area, but the cause can be in another area.

Symptoms of fatigue, overweight, stomach upset, hot flashes, PMS, constipation and so much more may be a regular part of life in the developed world. Symptoms are common. However, symptoms aren’t normal. Symptoms are signs that the body is compensating for imbalances and metabolic chaos.

Do You Want Functional Wellness | Inner Savvy WellnessIf you are finding everyday tasks are getting more difficult to do, you do not have functional wellness. Evaluating and making lifestyle choices that can nourish the body can help move toward functional wellness.  Focus in these areas to make the most difference:

1) Food – Everything you put in your body either nourishes or hurts your body’s functioning.  I can help you learn to listen to your body, to know what is good for you and what might not be or what you might have a sensitivity to.  We all wish there was one way to eat for everyone, but we are all different. What each of us needs is different.  Changes to what you eat can help your body function better.

2) Sleep – Sleep is critical to our body’s ability to detoxify as well as rejuvenate and repair its cells. Cell damage or oxidation of cells slows the body’s ability to continue being in balance.  In my opinion, sleep and food are the two top areas to work on in order to move toward functional wellness.

3) Movement – Our bodies are not meant to be stationary.  We are meant to move, stretch, work.  When our bodies are static, gravity has a negative effect.  Movement is not just exercising for an extended period of time, but all the movements you do throughout the day. It is possible to move too little and too much.

4) Self-Care – Stress is the number one contributor to chronic illness.  Over 50% of all doctor visits are related to stress.  In our busy world, we tend to put ourselves last.  Finding ways to incorporate self-care into your life doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It should be fun and doable.

5) Supplementation – Taking supplements should be for three reasons a) Targeted therapy to support or stimulate a system or organ for a short period of time, b) Relief care to help with symptoms while making changes to lifestyle and allow time for the body to move toward balance. c) Maintenance because there are some vitamins and minerals the body just can’t get by diet and lifestyle choices, such as Vitamin D.

6) Environment – Getting rid of toxins that are harming your body is cumulative.  Anything you can eliminate that harms the body, can help your body more toward balance and functioning.

For functional wellness, we don’t treat symptoms but look to the whole body for clues. Plus I can help you have lab tests run to look at hormone and immune functions, digestive and detoxifying pathways, and energy systems. Then we can correlate the results with your symptoms and complaints in order to create a plan of action specific to you to help you move toward functional wellness.

Do You Want Functional Wellness? | Inner Savvy WellnessFunctional Wellness does take time and effort on your part. Working with me, a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practioner, to achieve functional wellness is not for you if:

  1. You want a quick fix.  If you want to pop a pill to feel better today, only to have the symptom come back tomorrow and pop another pill.
  2. Your doctor is in charge of your health.  If you think only physicians have answers to your health problems, and that you aren’t responsible for your own health.
  3. You are ok with slowing down, having symptoms and aging like everyone else.
  4. You want to stay with the status quo.  You like what you eat, how much you sleep and move, and you don’t have time for self-care.  You are willing to take medications for any future illnesses as they come up rather than making changes.
  5. You aren’t interested in listening to and learning about your body.

Does working with me mean you will be cured or healed of all disease?  No. I am not a physician. I will never promise something I can’t do; however I can help you listen to your body, help you make changes to feel better than you do now, and help you know how to live your best, healthy life using your inner savvy. Our bodies are amazingly created, but things can go wrong. You can move toward homeostasis and balance.  I am just there to be your guide, you coach, your sounding board because there is so much confusing information out there. Motivation is usually the toughest part of making and sustaining changes.

If you are tired of not feeling your best, you are gaining a few pound each year, and you know something has to change. If you don’t want to let go of your dreams due to health issues for your best years that are yet to come. If you are motivated to learn and try new things. I would love to chat with you to see if you and I are a good fit to work together.

I only take a few clients at a time who are ready to do the work to achieve functional wellness. Is that you?  Schedule your Healthy Results Phone Session today for up to 20 minutes.  I will ask a few questions and answer any you might have as to what it is like to work with me, so you can have the information you need to decide if you are ready to move toward functional wellness.

Comment below if you believe there is such a thing in functional wellness.  Can you make a difference in your body’s health?

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49 comments

  1. Zoe says:

    I agree with all of this and honestly all of the points you raised have only recently begun to click with me recently as I’ve started to eat a plant based diet and am feeling so great for it 🙂 I also think self-care is so important and not talked about enough!
    Great article!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Zoe. So glad it is clicking with you. Never to late to make changes and doing them slowly you will be more likely to keep those habits.

  2. Christine says:

    I am all about functional medicine to heal my gut and manage my autoimmunity. It’s the only way to truly treat the root cause of our health issues, as you mentioned. Great perspective!

    • Karen says:

      Good for you. If enough of us can live what we know can help us be healthy, we can change the world. Can you imagine lower health care costs because we don’t need to go to the doctor as often because we are eating right, moving, sleeping and taking care of ourselves?

  3. LOve how you describe your skill. Have not heard the term Functional wellness & it makes so much sense. One of my BFF calls herself something else but has been working with me in this capacity & my focus is movement. All the other areas I’ve learned about and am incorporating.
    This is really such a great comprehensive motivational blog about integrative wellness. Well done.

    • Karen says:

      Ros, thanks so much. Glad you have someone to help you move forward. We all need that. It is so easy to be overwhelmed and de-motivated with all that goes on in our lives. A support person, whether it is a family or friend, or someone you pay, it makes a difference. Thanks for telling me your focus is movement. Each person is different what they need to focus on. There is no one path to wellness.

  4. Rachel says:

    Well written and lovely post! Working with a mentor such as you to provide clarity amongst all the confusing messages out there, to provide motivation throughout the challenges we all face, and facilitating the body’s ability to heal so we can all live out our dreams. Such wonderfully important work, thank you for offering it to all of us!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Rachel, my passion for functional wellness developed due to my functioning not being optimum for most of my life. When I figured it out, it took a long time of research and work to get myself to help my body move toward better functioning. It makes a difference in all other areas of my life and I want that for others.

  5. Love this post, Karen. What we’ve finally come to know is that our bodies are holistic systems, and a pill isn’t going to fix our issues, by itself.
    We’ve always thought of aging as inevitable, but we how we deal with ourselves as the years go by makes enormous difference, as you so effectively line out.
    Thank You for this!

    • Karen says:

      Getting old and death are a part of life, but the way you live the last years can be filled with energy and feeling healthy or it can be spent with doctors and not feeling well. I choose to feel the best I can as I age. 🙂

  6. I believe in functional wellness. Since I was a teenager, I had to watch what I ate. Not from any food allergies but for intolerance foods and I have many. Over the years, they have subsided somewhat. But, I still make sure to eat lighter meats and lots of veggies. I finally found a women’s multivitamin that works for me and doesn’t give me side effects. It is really helping with my limited diet. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Tamuria says:

    Functional wellness – love this term. It’s so important to look at health from all angles and see the entire picture in order to be at your best. I can see where woking with a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner would be a great help for some people. It is fantastic you are offering this service and a chance to get away from making popping a pill our only health care solution.

    • Karen says:

      To me it is all about options. When I was told I had to take proton pump inhibitors for the rest of my life, I didn’t realize I had other options. I am not saying that if your choice is to take PPI’s or other medications that is bad, I am saying we need to be aware there is more than one way to deal with chronic illness and I want to be an option to help others.

    • Karen says:

      Yes we all know that we need to take care of ourselves, it is just hard to make it a priority and wade through the conflicting health info.

  8. I’ve been working in this way for many years for myself, Karen. I long ago left the traditional allopathic medical system that wants to treat symptoms only. You’ve done a wonderful job of describing the holistic approach to our wellbeing and yes, I have heard of functional wellness and agree with all of what you shared. It is not normal to have symptoms and yet so many people accept them as the way it is. I’ve always looked for ‘another way’, if someone told me to accept something I didn’t like, as it is. I especially hear you when it comes to hormonal symptoms relating to menopause and how women succumb to believing that is how it has to be. One thing I will add, is that as we get older, our priorities really do change. During my Mars years (42-49), I had much different drive and passion then in my Jupiter and Saturn years. It is part of our biography cycles and often we fight it and wonder why we aren’t as driven or motivated as we were when we were younger. Once we understand our biography and our passage through these cycles, it is easier to continue growing and being our optimal best at every age of life. Thanks for such a wonderfully written and encouraging piece!

    • Karen says:

      Beautifully said. I couldn’t agree more. We do have different cycles and stages of life. Paying attention and embracing it, helps our lives be more peaceful and joyful. You inspire me.

  9. Joyce Hansen says:

    It makes so much sense to approach the body and illness from a functional and wholeness approach. You would have thought that medical school would have figured this out ages ago. Very well written post by-the-way.

  10. Hey Karen,
    Thank you for this wonderful post on how important it is for us to have “functional wellness” . I love how you broke down the most important areas that we should focus on to ensure that we are truly taking care of our bodies like we should 🙂 I am getting there….I exercise, I get plenty of rest, I think I eat pretty well….(always a work in progress), and am always working on my mental health, daily.

    Really enjoyed 🙂

  11. Kimberly says:

    Love this post! I have worked hard to get my family off of processed foods, hormones, antibiotics, sugar, etc and eating locally raised and grown mostly organic foods. We eat a lot of fermented foods, too. I am a huge believer that what you eat can either be your medicine or your poison. My worst area is sleep. I stay up way too late, regularly. It has been my New Years resolution for a couple years now.
    Your whole body plan is brilliant, and will really help people who are suffering that don’t understand how powerful everything you mention, together, is.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Kimberly, for your comments. So glad to hear you are changing your family by eating well. As far as sleep, what small thing can you do differently? Even if is starting to get to bed 15 minutes earlier. Then after you have done that for a while. Do another 15 minutes. Sleep is so critical and one thing most people don’t realize how much it affects your health.

  12. Wow.. and this is super.. the thing that stood out most… as you mentioned.. what you do every day make a much bigger impact than what you do every so often. So, nothing like doing a “diet” and then going back to what you did before. Doesn’t work.

  13. Joan Potter says:

    Karen – “What you do every day is more important than what you do every once in a while.” Boy, isn’t that the truth! That SO applies to maintaining a healthy weight, saving money, quitting a bad habit, getting an education … the list goes on.

  14. Functional wellness should be our default, absolutely. What some many people don’t understand — and what you’ve outlined so thoroughly — is the totality of wellness that involves the body, mind and spirit. Great read.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Jackie for reading and commenting. You get it. The whole body is interconnected. It is beautiful and wonderful. We just need to learn to listen to our bodies.

  15. Karen, this is very indicative to Eastern Medicine Philosophy. A practitioner looks at all aspects of your life before making any form of a diagnosis. Unlike the medical doctors in the West who just prefer to prescribe a pill to cover up the real issue. Many folks put way too much trust in their doctors and don’t think for themselves. Thank you for sharing with us at #SimplifyWednesdays. I look forward to seeing what you share next week! Pinned, Tweeted, Shared, Stumbled

    • Karen says:

      The fact is everything in our lives affects our health. We are not separate functions, everything in our bodies or intertwined. Why we ever moved toward focusing on one thing at a time in our bodies is not something I can understand. It just doesn’t make sense. Thanks so much for commenting.

  16. Tammy says:

    I totally agree with your post. I recently have made the switch to wellness in my life. After a diagnosis and a wake up call, I’m getting serious about my health. It’s amazing when we care for our bodies as God intended we function well, really well. Blessings to you and thanks for sharing!

    • Karen says:

      Sorry to hear you had a diagnosis but congrats in making your healthy a priority. Because our physical, mental and spiritual health are all interconnected, taking care of your physical can help in your mental and spiritual areas as well. Thanks so much for commenting. I appreciate what my readers are thinking.

  17. Jerralea says:

    My takeaway from your post is this: ” “What you do every day is more important than what you do every once in a while.”

    I’m working to make positive changes in my lifestyle as well. Thanks for all the info and for sharing here at The Loft.

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