Integrative Medicine Health Coaching
Integrative Medicine Health Coaches promote wellness by getting to the root causes of imbalance and providing guidance to correct these imbalances in their clients.
The Academy For Integrative Medicine teaches health coaches how to assess the client’s status relating to modifiable lifestyle factors through careful history taking and laboratory testing. An integrative medicine health coach is a Functional Medicine health coach and will consider multiple factors, including:
Environmental input – The air you breathe and the water you drink, the particular diet you eat, the quality of the food available to you,your level of physical activity,exposure to toxins, and chronic stress or traumas you have experienced all affect your health.
Mind-body-heart-spirit connection – Psychological, spiritual, social factors, and relationships all can have a profound influence on your health. Your Functional Medicine health coach sees your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just your physical symptoms.
Genetic makeup – Although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your DNA is not an unchanging blueprint for your life. Emerging research shows that your genes may be influenced by everything in your environmentyourlifestylechoices,aswellasyour experiences, attitudes,andbeliefs.That means it is possible to transform the wayyour genetics express themselves.
By examining all of these possible underlying root causes for imbalance, your Integrative Medicine health coach can help you make changes, even at the cellular level. Your cells are responsible for all functions in the body:
Hormones and neurotransmitters
Immune system function
Nutrition and elimination
Skin and musculoskeletal integrity
Psychological and spiritual equilibrium
All of these processes are influenced by environmental factors and your genetic make-up; when they are disturbed or imbalanced, they lead to symptoms, which can lead to disease if effective interventions are not applied.
Most imbalances can be addressed; some can be completely restored to optimum function, and others can be substantially improved. Prevention is paramount: Virtually every complex, chronic disease is preceded by long-term imbalances that can be identified and effectively managed.
You becomes a partner: As a client, you become an active partner with your Integrative Medicine health coach. Your recommendations will include lifestyle changes, exercise, stress reducing techniques, nutritional guidance, and possibly detoxification programs, botanicals, and nutritional supplements. Any recommendation is aimed at your goals and in re-balancing the root problems that brought you to your coach in the first place.