Lifestyle medicine is a simple yet powerful approach to healthcare that addresses the root cause of medical conditions- not just symptoms. Lifestyle medicine not only prevents but can reverse many chronic diseases. A healthy lifestyle is the foundation of risk reduction for all chronic diseases. In fact, most medical associations recommend diet and lifestyle change as the first line treatment. Lifestyle is so powerful it can even change the genetic expression of our genes.
Lifestyle medicine is science-based, holistic, personalized, patient-centered and patient-powered. Lifestyle medicine believes that health is a result of the synergistic balance of nutrition, physical activity, rest, healthy relationships, and good old-fashioned clean air, water, and sunshine. No amount of antibiotics or drugs will reverse the neglect of fundamental health. The best part is that positive lifestyle behaviors are effective, inexpensive, and have no negative side effects.
“Lifestyle medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as predominantly whole food, plant based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substance abuse, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat , and oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle related, chronic diseases that all too prevalent.”
Similarly, functional medicine embraces the same paradigm as lifestyle medicine. In addition, functional medicine focuses on biochemical and genetic individuality and uses emerging diagnostics to look at health from a molecular level to determine what may be out of line or the root cause of medical conditions. There is also a large focus on gut health and the microbiome. Functional medicine uses lifestyle interventions as well as nutraceuticals, supplements, and conventional therapeutics as needed to restore balance and health.