This morning I performed my daily ritual of stepping onto the bathroom scale, then walking upstairs to stab my finger for home blood analysis: my fasting blood sugar was at the lower end at 74 mg/dL and my ketones at 1.4 mm. Then, after my morning decaf coffee blended with MCT oil and pastured butter, I hopped on my bike trainer for a 75-minute spin. I’m 56, yet my resting pulse hovers near 50 and I’ve never felt better.
Not only is my food clean, but also how I move, sleep, stress and rid myself of toxins. Daily saunas, epsom salt baths, stretching, core and aerobic exercise are now part of my wife’s insurance plan for me. I don’t deserve any credit, but functional medicine does.
Dr. Sara practices a new form of medicine that’s personalized and preventive, as opposed to traditional medicine which is disease-based. Functional medicine looks at the body as the integration of mind, body, spirit, and addresses the five main causes of disease: toxins, stress, microbes, allergens, and poor diet. The goal of functional medicine is to increase our healthspan so that we can actually become stay young as we chronologically age.
I’ve been the beneficiary of marrying a functional medicine scientist. Since Sara makes most meals, all I have to do is eat her healthy balanced offering. But she’s not seeing patients anymore – she only works with people in our online coaching programs – and many family and friends want to know whom to see for the best functional medicine counsel.
Our go-to guy for referrals? Chris Kresser. He’s brilliant and prolific in his functional medicine understanding. Listen in here and learn more about why we love Chris.