The Many Benefits of Functional Medicine

When you’re sick or not feeling well, you want relief and answers. Functional medicine aims to provide both of those things, guided by the question, “Why are you ill?” This allows your providers to create customized, effective care without overmedicating symptoms or suggesting surgery that could be avoided.

As a functional medicine provider, Robert Rubin, MD, at Improving Your Health in Naples and Tampa, Florida, is pleased to provide a holistic, patient-focused approach to health care. Read on to learn about the benefits you can expect as one of our patients.

A holistic approach

Traditional Western medicine often treats illnesses and other health issues primarily (or only) with medications or invasive procedures like surgery. Functional medicine, on the other hand, aims to avoid dependence on prescription medications and the use of invasive treatments. 

While medications and surgical procedures can be very important and even necessary in some cases, we first explore less invasive options and consider all aspects of your life and health, not just a singular set of symptoms or body parts. 

Identifying the root cause

Functional medicine strives to identify the root cause of your symptoms and treat that, rather than treat your symptoms only. 

If you struggle with chronic headaches, for example, we don’t merely prescribe pain-relieving medications. Instead, we work with you to figure out what condition or factors are fueling your symptoms. 

This process can not only help do away with your current symptoms, but stave off additional problems. If those headaches turn out to be related to an iron deficiency, for instance, restoring normal iron levels could help prevent or minimize other related symptoms, such as shortness of breath and heart palpitations. 

Improved health outcomes

By focusing on your body systems and lifestyle, functional medicine can improve your overall health and treatment outcomes. 

Because physical health, emotional health, and your daily habits and behaviors are interconnected, improving one aspect of your wellness can enhance other aspects as well. Research shows that functional medicine can improve your health-related quality of life. 

Feeling better as you age

Functional medicine takes into account your personal and family medical history, diet, exercise regimen, stress levels, sleep habits, and much more. As a result, you can feel empowered to take control of your health on a daily basis. 

We provide nutritional guidance, recommend fitness protocols, and encourage mind-body relaxation. All of these activities can help protect you from age-related disease and help ensure that you have increased energy levels, physical stamina, and positive moods throughout the aging process. 

To learn more about functional medicine for men’s health or women’s health, call our office or request an appointment online today. 

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