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Functional Medicine Health Coaching

The Functional Medicine Approach

Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.

As the graphic illustrates, a diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression.

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What does a FMCHC do?

Functional Medicine Health coaches support clients in achieving their health goals through lifestyle and behavior modifications.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, increase energy, or develop better nutrition, a health coach takes the time to listen to your concerns, helps you discover where and why you are struggling, and supports you as you navigate the world of contradictory nutritional advice to figure out exactly what works for YOUR body.

In the conventional healthcare system that we’re all used to, physicians often have to limit the length of appointments, which means spending less time with their patients. And while a very strong connection exists between diets and health, many medical professionals do not have adequate education in nutrition — specifically whole foods nutrition — to provide the kind of guidance and support that patients need. Certified health coaches can spend more time with patients AND help them make the connection between what they eat and how it affects their health.

THEY HOLD THEIR CLIENTS ACCOUNTABLE:
Health coaches WANT to see their clients succeed, so they won’t start you off on a restrictive diet or as you to make dramatic changes that you aren’t ready for. Instead, they’ll help you implement small changes, little by little, at a pace that’s comfortable for you. It’s about taking a realistic approach to meeting all your health goals. And, if you fall off the wagon, they offer the non-judgmental support you need to get back up.

THEY CUSTOMIZE PLANS SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU:
Everyone is unique—there’s no “one size fits all” diet or treatment plan. Your health coach knows this and will take the time to get to know you, your habits, your current diet, and your health and wellness goals, as well as any history you have with previous diets and exercises. They’ll work with you to outline a plan tailored to your unique story and needs that sets you up to reach your unique goals.

THEY PROVIDE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT:
The ultimate goal of your health coach is to improve your quality of life through effective and healthy habits and changes. That means focusing not just on physical health, but on overall health—including mental and emotional wellbeing. Your coach will make themselves available to you, whether it’s via text, phone, or email, in your moments of need.