IgG acts as a critical component of our immune system, helping us fend off illnesses and infections. It is the most abundant antibody in our bloodstream, making up around 80 percent of all antibodies. Benefits of taking IgG supplements include enhanced immune health, optimized digestion, and improving or eliminating gut concerns such as diarrhea and bloating.
Hashimoto's and Infertility
Hashimoto’s is also the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. Thyroid hormones influence essentially every organ in the body and have an enormous effect on health, including infertility. The thyroid plays a crucial role in maintaining reproductive health for both men and women. In women, thyroid hormones help regulate the menstrual cycle, ovulation, and the development of the uterine lining necessary for implantation. Men with Hashimoto's thyroid disease may also experience alterations in semen parameters, including sperm count, volume, and concentration.
Functional Medicine for Insomnia
Around 30 percent of adults in the United States experience symptoms of insomnia, with 10 percent of the population suffering from chronic insomnia. Common root causes of insomnia include elevated cortisol, low progesterone, and sleep apnea. Treatments can include improving sleep hygiene, implementing realistic daily habits to lower stress, eating a balanced diet, and supplementing appropriately.
Functional Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine
Conventional medicine is a symptom-centered model that relies on standardized protocols for diagnosis and treatment. It’s best to use conventional medicine when you have an acute injury or require an immediate medical intervention. On the other hand, functional medicine is an alternative approach that aims to address the root causes of health issues. Treatment in functional medicine involves personalized plans that may include dietary and lifestyle modifications, nutritional supplements, gut health protocols, and other targeted therapies.
Best Herbs for Gut Health
An overview of the best herbs for gut health that we frequently recommend in our practice plus ways to incorporate them into your diet.
How to Heal Gut from Gluten Damage
Healing the gut after removing gluten can take up to a year. Eating a nutritious diet, correcting nutrient deficiencies, and supporting gut health with a proper gut healing protocol can aid in the recovery process.
Eating to support mitochondrial health can optimize longevity, improve energy, and reduce inflammation. A diet for mitochondria includes eating a rainbow of antioxidants, consuming Omega-3 fats, and fasting intermittently for at least 12 hours.
Endometriosis Functional Medicine
Functional medicine interventions for endometriosis may include following an anti-inflammatory diet, improving gut health, supportive supplements, and stress management.
Gluten Intolerance and Acid Reflux
Gluten may contribute to acid reflux, especially if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance. A temporary elimination diet is the best way to determine if gluten is worsening your heartburn.
Gut Health and Hormones
The gut plays a crucial role in maintaining hormonal balance throughout the body. Gut health can influence hormones such as estrogen, thyroid, insulin, and serotonin.
GLP-1 medications and supplements are important tools for weight loss, but they are only part of the tools in a functional medicine approach. A root cause approach to a healthy metabolism can include reducing inflammation, working on sleep and stress, balancing blood sugar, and using targeted supplements that improve the way that the body and hormones function.
Functional Medicine Lab Testing
Common functional medicine lab tests include GI-Map®, NutrEval®, DUTCH, MRT®, and Saliva Cortisol testing.
Functional Medicine Acne
A functional medicine approach to treating acne typically includes an in-depth health assessment, laboratory testing, and personalized diet and supplement recommendations.
PCOS and Fatigue
Fatigue in women with PCOS can have multiple root causes including insulin resistance, hypothyroidism, vitamin deficiencies, anxiety, and more. Treatment for PCOS fatigue includes balancing blood sugar, working on sleep hygiene, and correcting nutrient deficiencies.
Functional Medicine for Diabetes
A functional medicine approach for treating diabetes includes looking for root causes and treating holistically using lifestyle, diet, and appropriate supplementation.
Functional Medicine for ADHD
A functional medicine approach to treating ADHD may include improving gut health, removing food sensitivities, correcting nutrient deficiencies, and optimizing sleep.
Gut Healing Protocol
Poor gut health impacts numerous conditions and may be a root cause of many symptoms. Functional medicine often uses a 5R protocol to heal the gut.
Hashimoto's Functional Medicine
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune thyroid disease leading to progressive damage and inflammation of the thyroid gland. Functional medicine treatments include reducing inflammation, optimizing gut health, and reducing stress levels via a personalized approach.
Functional Medicine for Autoimmune Disease
A functional medicine approach to treating autoimmune disease includes assessing and improving gut health, reducing inflammation, and calming the immune response while supporting the body as a whole.
Resveratrol for Hair Loss
Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that may help reduce hair loss and support new hair growth by lowering inflammation, androgens, and insulin levels. It is important to address the root cause of your hair loss when supplementing with Resveratrol.
Ashwagandha for PCOS
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that helps the body respond to stress and supports normal hormone production. It may help women with PCOS by balancing cortisol levels, lowering blood sugar, reducing anxiety, and supporting thyroid health.
Horrible Insomnia Before Period
Many women struggle with insomnia before their period begins. A common root cause is low progesterone levels and treatment options can include Bioidentical progesterone, lifestyle changes to restore ovulation, lowering stress, and sleep hygiene.
Case Study: Thyroid
This case study reflects a member's experience at Root with names and details modified for privacy.
MD/DO Led Care is a Game Changer
Why do you want your functional medicine care to be led by a MD/DO physician and what’s the difference?
PCOS Functional Medicine
Conventional treatment of PCOS often leaves women feeling frustrated and dissatisfied. A functional approach to PCOS includes a detailed assessment, lab work, and addressing lifestyle, gut health and inflammation.