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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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Therapeutic Food Plans: A Component of Personalized Nutrition

In partnership with the American Nutrition Association, IFM is offering a new online learning course called Therapeutic Food Plans: A Component of Personalized Nutrition.

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Gut Health and the Immune Response

Supporting a healthy gut microbiome is essential for efficient immune system function. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic for prevention and immune response to infections, as well as for recovery from illness. Learn more from expert researchers and speakers at IFM’s 2020 AIC.

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Food Crops: Nutrient Fluctuations and Malnutrition

Several micronutrient shortfalls are already noted within the US population. A potential decline in the nutrient density of some US food crops is important to consider for addressing micronutrient malnutrition, preventing chronic diseases, and promoting optimal health.

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Toxic Exposures: The Cumulative Effect

Toxicity is one of the evolving topics explored at IFM’s 2020 AIC. Toxic exposures and cumulative toxic burden are already vital considerations during clinical assessments for the treatment of chronic diseases and for strengthening resilience and overall wellness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, dealing with toxicity takes on increased importance.

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Fasting and Chronic Illness

In addition to potentially assisting with chronic illness, appropriate fasting may help to build healthy resilience. Fasting has the potential to reduce some of the risk factors like obesity and metabolic syndrome1 that have been deemed risk factors for worsened outcomes from COVID-19.2

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