5 things it’s helpful to know about Functional Medicine.

Functional Medicine is an established science, but many people still don’t know what it is, and how it can help them. If you are curious about what Functional Medicine is, you can read our introduction to Functional and Integrative Medicine here. And if you’d like a speedy version, read on.

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Functional Medicine is tailored to you

One of the biggest differences between Functional and Conventional Medicine is that the former is tailored specifically to you.

Functional Medicine relies on thorough testing to unpick your exact biochemistry, and to use that information to develop a treatment plan unique to you.

On an integrative level, we use the information derived from your functional medicine tests, to look at how we can shape your lifestyle for your optimum health and vitality.

This includes looking at your nutrition, sleep, behaviour and supplements.

A Functional Medicine approach is the opposite of one-size-fits-all. Your treatment plan is tailored uniquely for you.

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Functional Medicine works hand in hand with Integrative Medicine

Here at The Maas Clinic we believe that Functional Medicine works most effectively when combined with an integrative approach.

Indeed, it’s our belief that the two are interdependent.

Functional Medicine is science-driven and analytical. Integrative Medicine is interested in your lifestyle choices.

A knowledge of the two, and a treatment plan which takes both in to consideration, will lead to an optimum treatment plan.

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Nutrition is a huge part of Functional Medicine

Did you know that your body has the ability to regenerate and self-heal? Much of that is down to how you fuel your body with food.

As world-famous practitioner Dr.Hyman shares: “Your fork is the most powerful tool to transform your health."

We agree! Here at The Maas Clinic a big part of our client’s treatment plans is nutrition. We have incredible nutritionists working with us, who develop tailored plans for every one of our clients.

Our nutritionists check in with our clients every week to make sure that they’re on the right track with their plans, and that they’re enjoying them too!

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Sleep is essential

One of the most common conditions we treat at The Maas Clinic is insomnia, alongside other sleep issues.

Sleep is absolutely fundamental to our overall health. As Dr Laurens Maas shares: the energy that we have for today was created and harvested last night.

Poor sleep can be detrimental to your health in many ways, and that’s why it is one of the key health pillars we look at when working on a functional and integrative level.

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This is a long-term commitment

We don’t believe in a flash-in-the-pan approach to your health. Nor do we plaster-over your symptoms.

We are interested in getting to the root cause of your ailment, so that we can develop a treatment plan, and long-term lifestyle approach which will help you to live your most optimally healthy life.

Working with us is a long-term commitment, often we will guide our clients for a full calendar year. In some cases longer.

Ultimately we want to equip our clients with the knowledge they need to live a wildly healthy life.

Want to learn more about Functional Medicine? Take a look at these great resources.  

Our introduction to Functional Medicine.

The Institute of Functional Medicine

Clinical Education

Dr Mark Hyman