The level of health you are experiencing right now is the sum total of the choices you have made in the past. True, we all may have started at a different place due to genetics, environment or events we did not have control over. We do however possess the power to make choices every day that will either take us closer or further away from health.

Are you making good or bad choices?

Your health or lack of it is like a scale. On one side are the things you do that increase function, health and quality of life. On the other side are the choices that tear down your body, destroy function, and reduce health and quality of life. Sometimes we know what constitutes a good choice or a bad choice. Other times we don’t know if our choices are helping us or not. We can probably all agree that a good choice is to get on a good sleep schedule. I don’t think there would be much argument that eating wholesome foods would be a better choice than fast food and drinking water would be better than downing 4 diet sodas every day.

But what about the things that are not so clear? Many times, choices are not so obvious. For example, some people eating nuts are just fine and are a good health choice, but for others it is not. Your friend might be able to go to the gym 5x/week and feels great; you on the other hands might feel worse with this much strenuous exercise. Perhaps your neighbor suffered from fatigue and it was because they were iron deficient and had anemia. You may have fatigue but it is not an iron problem, instead you have a thyroid problem or your body does not process your thyroid medication as it should.

Not sure what to do?

Have you been making good or bad choices? The quality of your choices will depend on your knowledge of the health problems you face. None of us can make good decisions when we don’t have all the facts. Many of you are just jumping from diet to diet, supplement to supplement and doctor to doctor…hoping that something works.

The primary principle of functional medicine is to get the facts and gain a better understand of why your body is not working properly. Only then can you create a strategy for restoring health. A good functional medicine doctor is like a detective…but they must understand the interrelationships of the various systems of the body.

If you have been to a specialist, they typically only work with a single system of the body. A gastroenterologist works with your digestive system, an endocrinologist works with your hormones, a neurologist works with your brain and other nerves and a rheumatologist works with your immune system. The only problem with this approach to healthcare is that all of these system affect each other! A good functional medicine doctor must have an excellent understanding of all the major system of your body…a specialist in many systems.

If you are not sure what you should be doing, you are not alone. There is a lot of much information floating around out there right now; some of it good and some of it bad. It can become overwhelming and frustrating; trying to make sense of it all.

If you are not sure what you should be doing, if you are not sure if your choices are helping or harming your health, if you are looking for a more fact-based and structured approach to becoming well…getting the help of a functional medicine doctor would be a one of the good choices you could make for your health.

My wish for you… health, happiness, and a better quality of life!

If you would like more information about functional medicine and integrative medicine or Dr. Sexton go to www.napervilleintegratedwellness.com

Do your own research, inform yourself and ask lots of questions. When collecting information, you MUST consider the source. There is no shortage of false, misleading, outdated, profit-driven and utterly biased information in healthcare today; even from the most respected sources and organizations.

This approach to healthcare is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent any disease. Why? The FDA enforces its position that these words can only be used with drugs. This approach does not use drugs.