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Functional Medicine: A Holistic Approach to Nutrition and Health

Hey there, health enthusiasts! Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? It's a perfect time to dive into the world of Functional Medicine and explore how it can supercharge your health, especially through targeted supplementation of vitamin B12, iron, and vitamin D.


Functional Medicine takes a holistic approach to health, focusing on finding the root causes of health issues rather than just treating symptoms. This approach considers factors like genetics, environment, and lifestyle, which can all impact our nutrient levels. Let's talk about why so many people have deficiencies in these key nutrients and offer some recommendations.

Filling the Nutritional Gap in Your Diet

Vitamin B12 is mainly found in animal products, so if you're a vegetarian or vegan, you might not be getting enough. Plus, as we age, our bodies can have a harder time absorbing B12 from food, leading to deficiency. Supplementation might fill the nutritional gap for you. If changing your diet is desirable, you can increase your intake of vitamin B12 by eating fresh or frozen wild-caught fish like salmon, trout, or tuna. Beef, lamb, and liver are sources of vitamin B12 as well. Adding chicken, turkey, milk, cheese, yogurt, and eggs to your diet will offer this key nutrient.


Iron deficiency is also common, especially among women with heavy periods or those who don't eat enough iron-rich foods like red meat, poultry, or fish. Iron absorption can also be affected by certain medications or digestive conditions. Eating plant-based foods like beans, lentils, quinoa, spinach, or other leafy greens will provide iron.


Lastly, let's not forget about vitamin D, often called the "sunshine vitamin." Many of us don't get enough sun exposure, especially during the winter months or if we live in areas with limited sunlight. This can lead to a deficiency in vitamin D, which is crucial for bone health, immune function, and mood regulation. While it's challenging to get enough vitamin D from food alone, you can include these sources in your diet to boost your intake: fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines), and egg yolks.

Find out how we can make a difference for you.

Functional Medicine practitioners use advanced testing to assess nutrient levels and recommend personalized supplementation plans. They also emphasize the importance of a balanced diet rich in whole foods to support overall health. Dr. Casey Strojny is our Functional Medicine practitioner ready to schedule a consultation and create a personalized treatment plan for you. Call to schedule yours.


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