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Functional Medicine for a More Functional You

At Optimal You Wellness Center, we use Functional Medicine and work with you to strengthen your physiological processes, treat the underlying issues of your conditions, and restore your health – so you can have more energy, heal your gut, improve your overall wellness and feel better than you have in years. Functional Medicine places its emphasis on understanding and improving the functional core of your health. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving optimal health. This is why we spend so much time getting to know you before recommending the right course of action. We even offer remote sessions and telehealth consulting, allowing us to treat anyone in Florida no matter which city you live in. We have many health coaches on staff to work with on an ongoing basis that will assist in focusing on lifestyle and nutritional counseling, and we offer a variety of care programs, including individual and family programs.

What Is Functional Medicine?

The definition of Functional Medicine is “the science and art of creating individualized protocols to ensure that the physiological functions are operating at an optimal level.” It excels at understanding the root cause, works to correct it, and – most importantly – provides you relief from symptoms that rob you of a normal life. This involves a deep understanding of the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health. Each patient’s protocol is based on the individual and their unique presentation and can include diet logs, lifestyle counseling, nutritional changes, and natural medicines prescribed in meaningful courses focused on providing the body what it needs. Our bodies are intelligent – we are simply providing it with all the tools to function at the most optimal level. FM is designed for patients with a variety of health concerns. Many of them have tried traditional medical treatments in the past only to be left frustrated, feeling unheard, and continuing to struggle with painful conditions. Some of the most common of those conditions are:

  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Sugar Imbalance
  • Cholesterol
  • Detoxification
  • Full Functional Laboratory Testing
  • Gut Health
  • IBS
  • Insomnia
  • Mental Wellness
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Preventative Healthcare
  • Primary Care
  • Stress Reduction
  • Thyroid
  • Toxic Burden Reduction
  • Weight Concerns
  • Wellness

The Optimal You Wellness Center Approach

The Optimal You Wellness Center approach is equal parts art and science. In terms of science, we test everything. There are so many variables that affect your health. Making a guess and basing treatment around that only wastes time (and money). We find that careful history taking, laboratory hormone and food sensitivity testing, and genetic screening are the best ways to truly understand a condition. In terms of art, we get to know you – body, mind, and spirit – to truly understand what approach will work best for your condition. With a deep understanding of you and your condition, biochemical individuality, and genetic and environmental circumstances, we develop a completely individualized approach that may include dietary and lifestyle changes, stress management, supplements and natural remedies, inflammation reduction, and so much more.

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Clinical Nutrition

Clinical nutrition is the practice of analyzing if a person is consuming an adequate amount of nutrients for good health. Dr. Lexie is concerned with how nutrients in food are processed, stored, and discarded by your body, along with what food affects your overall well-being. Professionals in this field assess your nutritional needs based on your family and medical history, lifestyle, and laboratory tests to make recommendations on your diet and individual nutritional needs to further prevent you from disease.

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Lifestyle Counseling

Functional Medicine physicians consider all aspects of your life and health in formulating a treatment plan for you or your child. Lifestyle counseling covers a wide array of topics from ergonomics at work, environmental toxin exposure, stressors, emotional health, physical activity, and more. Dr. Lexie takes time to listen to her patients and truly understand all factors that contribute to their health. This is based on the philosophy of treating each patient as a whole and address the full body to obtain optimal health.

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Lab Testing

There are two main types of ranges in the field of blood chemistry analysis: a pathological range and a functional range. The pathological range is used to diagnose disease; the functional range is used to assess risk for disease before the disease develops. The references that are provided with laboratory test results are referred to as “the pathological range” because if the test results are out of range, it usually indicates potential for pathology or disease. The main difference between the functional and the pathological range is the degree of deviation allowed within their normal ranges. For example, the functional range for glucose may be 85-100mg/dl, but the pathological range may be 65-110mg/dl. Levels about the pathological range may indicate diabetes. Levels above the functional range but before they reach the extremes of the pathological range may indicate insulin resistance and future risk for developing diabetes. Most health care providers believe that care should only be provided when disease is present. This view is generally formed from conventional medical training, which ignores the philosophies of preventative medicine and nutrition. Traditional medical training teaches physicians to evaluate blood chemistry in comparison to ranges that determine pathology.

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Natural Medicine

Natural medicine is a distinct primary health care profession emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health using therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. This is accomplished using diet analysis, lifestyle counseling, herbal supplements, essential oils, and other natural therapeutic techniques. Naturopathic treatments are suitable for everyone, to all ages, and every level of health. Most commonly, it is suitable for those suffering from fatigue, stress, stress-related disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, autoimmune conditions, or similar ailments. Some of the draws to natural medicine include an emphasis on patients, the principles, and ideologies of naturopathy focus on the entire body for healing – emotional, mental, and physical health are all taken into consideration. Patients are offered personal attention, unlike when visiting a doctor’s clinic where patients will only discuss their symptoms, naturopathic practitioners will consult their patient on multiple aspects of the health to tailor a custom treatment plan.

The Optimal You Foundation for Achieving Optimal Health

No two patients are the same, that’s why at Optimal You, we take different approaches and customize a plan to meet your unique needs.

Imagine a health care provider that trusts you, listens to you, and gives you the support you need and deserve.

Nutrition

We create individualized plans to help heal your gut and help it function at its best. If necessary, we do advanced testing to identify issues such as food sensitivities, microbiome dysbiosis, or increased intestinal permeability. If we feel supplements will help you reach your optimal health we will take the time to explain exactly what you need and why.

Relationship

Research shows us that living in a healthy relationship both with yourself and your community is paramount to longevity. As we get to know more about your lifestyle and preferences, we will encourage practices such as mindfulness, meditation, prayer, or community involvement where we see fit if we believe it’s for the betterment of your overall health.

Healthy Environment & Decrease Toxic Burden

What we are surrounded by from day to day greatly influences our personal health. It is key to identify and remove toxins in your home, lifestyle routine, and products. This can range from heavy metals, environmental allergens, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and beyond. If indicated we can test for toxic buildup in the system and guide you through a detoxification protocol.

Individualization

Our unique genetic expression contributes to our expression of health. This must be taken into consideration when developing individualized treatment plans. Diet, supplements, and healthy living don’t look the same from person to person. If indicated, will do advanced genetic testing to optimize healing.

Rejuvenation

Self-care is vital to your health and we’re big believers in rest and rejuvenation. We will help you to create habits that allow you to achieve optimal sleep and have adequate self-care approaches to combat stress, leaving you feeling more energized.

Hormone Health

Hormone Health is vital for our body to function at its best. We work with you hand in hand to identify imbalances and naturally optimize hormone levels.

Physical Activity Organization

Our team will work with you to provide a realistic plan that you’re capable of maintaining that will support the overall health goals we’ve established together.

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