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Engaging Patients in Nutritional Therapy

Nutrition-based treatments are fundamental components of many therapeutic strategies used to combat chronic illness and restore optimal health. Patient participation and empowerment are important components of personalized treatment strategies for sustainable engagement and successful interventions.

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Chronobiology: The Dynamic Field of Rhythm and Clock Genes

The evolving knowledge of medical chronobiology and circadian rhythms provides great potential for furthering the Functional Medicine model’s personalized, root-cause approach to optimal health and wellness.

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The Power of Functional Nutrition

Research indicates that disease prevention and surgical recovery are improved when supported by proper nutrition. However, clinicians are rarely offered even basic nutritional training in medical and osteopathic school, a study of incoming pediatric residency interns showed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many patients do not have optimal nutrition, and at the same time, we are experiencing record levels of chronic disease.

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Autoimmune Disease: Treatments and Outcomes

Medications manage autoimmune diseases by attempting to control disease flares, limit inflammatory damage, and extend periods of remission; however, consistent results may not be seen in each patient, and there may be potentially serious side effects. What other treatment options are available for patients living with autoimmune disease that may improve their quality of life?

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COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID-19: Functional Medicine resources

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Nathan Price, PhD, on Predictive Biomarkers and Biological Aging

What is the difference between chronological age and biological age? Can blood predict microbiome diversity? Learn how metabolites can predict microbiome diversity—and how polygenic scores can be used to estimate the success rate of different lifestyle interventions—in an IFM interview.

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Intestinal Permeability and Inflammatory Triggers

Intestinal dysbiosis and permeability play a role in many chronic conditions, often manifesting far from the intestines. Optimal GI health is important for robust immunity, and improved mucosal integrity and microbiome support can resolve many symptoms that may not initially seem GI-related.

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Food First: Dietary Change Improves Outcomes

A food first approach to treatment encapsulates the idea that changing eating habits can be an effective first step for many patients, and the improvements that they experience can serve as empowering feedback, motivating them to make other sustainable lifestyle changes.

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The Microbiome, Stress Hormones, & Gut Function

Research has revealed that stress and anxiety do not only impact the brain. In many cases, the microbiome plays a role in the body’s response to stress. Learn cost-effective strategies for dealing with stress and optimizing gut health and function.

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Neurodegenerative Disease: Improving Outcomes Through Nutrition

Neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, and mitochondrial dysfunction have all been noted in the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Nutrition strategies that include nutrient-based antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents as well as therapeutic food plans that support mitochondrial function and brain health may improve patient outcomes.

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See How IFM’s Food Plans Improve Patient Outcomes

IFM’s therapeutic food plans may be personalized by nutrition professionals to best suit each of their clients’ therapeutic needs and restore health. Read more to learn the why and how.

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