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Naples Center for Functional Medicine now offers FastVitaminIV therapy service – Naples Center for Functional Medicine

Set iv fluid intravenous drop saline drip hospital room,Medical Concept,treatment emergency and injection drug infusion care chemotherapy, light backgroundNaples Center for Functional Medicine has expanded its IV therapy services to include FastVitaminIV. The proprietary blend contains 19 health-promoting vitamins, minerals and amino acids. 

FastVitaminIV is the newest adjunctive medical service at Naples Center for Functional Medicine. Patients report feeling a “push effect” after receiving FastVitaminIV treatments. Those feelings include a surge of energy, sensation of general happiness and a boost in mental clarity and focus. 

What are IV therapies? 

Quick-acting and more effective than oral supplements, IV therapy infuses nutrients intravenously into the bloodstream. This allows a patient’s body to bypass the need for absorption through the intestinal tract. Instead, their body can immediately begin using, and benefiting from, the liquid nutrients. 

What is FastVitaminIV? 

Developed by Koniver Wellness,  is a blend of 19 vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It is administered intravenously for about one minute, much faster than traditional IV drips that take 30 to 120 minutes. 

What are the health benefits of FastVitaminIV? 

Patients report improved moods, boosted energy levels, elevated concentration and focus, better sleep and an overall improved sense of well-being. Additional benefits may include improved athletic performance and recovery, relief for hangovers and migraines, and anti-aging properties. 

What do patients experience and feel during a treatment? 

Patients receiving a FastVitaminIV treatment may experience these feelings and sensations, in order: 

Just as quickly as these symptoms set in, they are gone. The whole process takes about one minute from start to finish. 

FastVitaminIV notes that patients “have NEVER EVER had an adverse reaction from FastVitaminIV.” 

What other IV therapies are available at Naples Center for Functional Medicine? 

In addition to FastVitaminIV, Naples Center for Functional Medicine’s other IV therapies include brain optimization, chelation therapy, glutathione, high-dose vitamin C, hydration, nutritional and ozone therapy. Registered nurses perform IV therapies in the center’s infusion lounge. All patients are first seen by a doctor at Naples Center for Functional Medicine to determine appropriate therapy. 

IV therapy is one many services available to patients at Naples Center for Functional Medicine. Other services include Nutritional Analysis, Functional Diagnostic Testing, IV Therapy, Supplement Therapy, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and IntellxxDNA Genetic Testing. 

In a recent news article, , medical director at Naples Center for Functional Medicine, had this to say about IV therapies: 

FastVitaminIV therapy is a safe, effective way to deliver vitamins and minerals that help a person’s body and mind perform at optimum levels,” she said. “More patients are turning toward IV therapy because it allows nutrients to enter the bloodstream directly, so they’re seeing nearly instantaneous results.” 

As always, consult with your physician prior to making any substantial lifestyle, health or nutritional changes. For questions, please contact our office at  or submit an appointment request through our . 

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As A Functional Medicine Expert, This Is The Greens Powder I Use

Like any woman who has newly learned she is pregnant (or, at least, I think this is a common sentiment?) I became immediately protective over what I put in my belly. But with the nausea, headaches, fatigue, and hellish rollercoaster of a first trimester, all I was able to stomach was yogurt, mac and cheese, cheese, and grilled cheese (you can pick up a theme here). I was positive my baby was going to come out looking like a wheel of brie. 

So I tried eating a salad one day. I vomited that right up. Then some cooked broccoli. Not a chance that stayed down. I managed to successfully eat peas and butter with a lot of effort and some acupuncture (I was determined that day and had a little extra time on my hands). But all in all, I wasn’t getting anywhere near my usual intake of 10 to 12 veggies a day, and all I kept seeing was my adorable little unborn child with a block of cheddar for a head.

So I posed the question: How do I get a sufficient amount of organic veggies every day, without having to cook them or eat them? It finally dawned on me that greens powder was the way to go.

I eagerly kept an eye on the mailbox until my delivery of organic veggies+ powder arrived—I was so excited to finally gobble down nutritious veggies, without gagging on a salad. As soon as it arrived I tried it three different ways: with just water, with pineapple juice, in a smoothie.

When I mixed it with water, it didn’t taste awful (huge score!)—the drink went down easy and helped to move things right along.* The pineapple and water combo was probably my fav because it added a teeny bit of sweetness and made me feel like I was on vacation (very important when you haven’t been out of the house in months). In the smoothie, it didn’t have an overbearing greens taste, and I was even able to sneak it into my boyfriend’s morning smoothie without getting an eye roll, which was a big bonus.

Once I established I liked the taste and I could feel it doing positive things in my body,* I dug a little deeper into what was really in the powder, and what set it apart from the others. Here were my big takeaways:

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CDC Can’t Operate A Stick Shift | Sanctuary Functional Medicine

The long-standing debate between automatics and stick shifts in cars has taken a whole new twist as the nation’s health experts at the CDC can’t seem to choose “drive” or “reverse” as they release guidance on various aspects of their COVID 19 response. Two articles from Medscape highlight this inability to avoid appearing like a 16 year old trying to drive a stick shift for the first time.  The car lurches backwards and forwards in fits and starts and loud noises.  The CDC likewise has lurched back and forth between different assertions and recommendations.  It’s a wonder that we are feeling just like the parent teaching the 16 year old to drive, a little car sick and dizzy.

To be fair, this whole fast paced pandemic research process publicized on international news deserves acknowledgement that science moves forward in fits and starts.  Researchers work for years and then lunge forward with a new breakthrough, but then in another area new research overturns past theories seemingly sending us backwards or at least sideways.  Normally these fits and starts of scientific breakthrough are not noticed by the general public.  A few get media attention, but the vast majority are only recognized by those deep in that field of science.

With COVID 19, any breakthrough regardless of significance can be virally spread across the globe in hours only to be overturned days or weeks later with a different “breakthrough”.  We can’t completely blame the CDC for the fast-paced changing landscape of COVID 19 knowledge.  However, we can blame them for confusing us to no end with their hokey pokey exploits.  They put their recommendations in and take them out and put them in again.

But this is not a game.  This is about lives at stake, both in terms of life versus death and the economic livelihoods of millions when recommendations include lock-downs.  We expect experienced drivers who can shift the gears from one scientific discovery to the next without giving us whiplash.

In one Medscape article, they discuss how the CDC changed their stance on whether or not exposed individuals without symptoms should or should not get tested.  Some claim that the Trump administration made this a political issue when they urged against testing the asymptomatic.  Many pushed back saying this would hinder public health infection control measures.  In other media and social media outlets not mentioned, many agreed that testing asymptomatic individuals was overkill.  In the end, who really knows what they are thinking.  We have to discern as best we can with the information provided whether testing asymptomatic individuals is good or bad.  I see arguments on both sides of the fence.

In another Medscape article, a hokey pokey guideline comedy is retold.  The CDC initially released “new” guidelines stating that SARS CoV 2 is spread by aerosol droplets. This would mean that the droplets coming out of an infected patient’s mouth and nose were floating around in a room longer than just being a projectile that traveled 6 feet and fell on the ground.   Then, in a “turn yourself about” kind of move, they took them back and said it was an accidental release of draft guidelines.  My question, did someone at least get their hand slapped for misleading over 300 million Americans with this “oops”.  Try this next time you turn in a college research paper.  After you get a C+, tell your professor, that you “accidentally” turned in a draft and will be “resubmitting” a final version very soon.  Ludicrous in both situations.

In both situations, the CDC can’t resort to the excuse of rapidly changing science on COVID 19.  They need more transparency.  They need more forethought.  They need to apply wisdom.  They need to say they are sorry.  AND they need to learn how to use a stick shift.

One other good thing can be gleaned from this.  The second Medscape article ends their summary of the comedy with noting that the update included a new recommendation to use air purifiers to “help reduce airborne germs in indoor spaces.”  At least we can agree on that since our clinic was running Austin Air and Air Oasis purifiers prior to the epidemic to lower toxic exposures and infectious exposures for our clinic patients.  A big part of helping others live healthier more abundant lives requires guiding patients smoothly through their health journey instead of following the CDC’s pattern of a teenage new stick shift driver.

CDC Reverses COVID-19 Testing Guidance Again: Exposed Without Symptoms Need Tests. Accessed 9/26/2020

CDC Adds Then Retracts Aerosols as Main COVID-19 Mode of Transmission. Accessed 9/26/2020

Sanctuary Functional Medicine, under the direction of Dr Eric Potter, IFMCP MD, provides functional medicine services to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and beyond. We frequently treat patients from Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, and more… offering the hope of healthier more abundant lives to those with chronic illness.

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The Underrated Anti-Inflammatory Nutrient That Will Help You Live Longer, According to a Functional Medicine Doctor

As one of the top functional medicine doctors in the country, Frank Lipman, MD, is asked a wide range of health-related questions every single day. Sometimes they’re tied to something specific trending in the wellness space: Is collagen overrated? (Nope.) Is oat milk? (Possibly.) Other times, it’s about how to get a better night’s sleep. But all the queries seem to be rooted in an even bigger question: how to live a long, healthy life.

Longevity seems to be at the heart of every question he’s asked, so Dr. Lipman decided to write a whole book dedicated to the topic: ($20), out October 27, 2020. Tucked in the pages are some “rules” you’re likely familiar with, like cutting back on sugar and having a strong sense of purpose. But there are also some surprising things that have been scientifically linked to longevity that aren’t as widely talked about. One of those truth bombs is centered around an anti-inflammatory compound called quercetin.

Never heard of it? Quercetin is a polyphenol derived in plants that is connected to lowering inflammation, supporting the immune system, and, yes, longevity. “Besides curcumin, quercetin is one of the most important supplements for both immunity and longevity,” Dr. Lipman says. Looks like turmeric has some competition.

What is quercetin?

Before we dig deep into all the benefits quercetin boasts, it’s helpful to know what the heck it actually is. Dr. Lipman explains that quercetin is a type of polyphenol, which are micronutrients with antioxidant properties found in plants. Some foods that have this particular type of polyphenol are apples, onion, raspberries, red grapes, and cherries.

Quercetin has lots of benefits, but Dr. Lipman is most excited about its connection with longevity. “One is that it affects longevity gene pathways in a positive way, specifically activating AMPK [a protein enzyme],” he says. AMPK helps regulate cellular metabolism; when cellular energy is low, AMPK is called in for backup to keep the body running as it should. It also controls cellular autophagy, aka the clearing out of damaged cells. And recent research suggests that the enzyme can potentially delay the aging process as well. One paper published in the journal Discoveries states that AMPK activation increased the life of fruit flies by as much as 30 percent.

“Quercetin is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and immunity-boosting,” Dr. Lipman adds—properties that are important for longevity. To his point, chronic inflammation is associated with many age-related health problems, including cognitive decline and cancer, so managing inflammation is often seen as crucial for living a longer, healthier life. Meanwhile, the immune system weakens with age, making it harder for the body to fight off illness, so keeping it in tip-top shape is critical. Quercetin also supports gut health; since a huge portion of the immune system lies in the gut, “keeping your gut healthy is very important to immunity,” says Dr. Lipman.

Don’t worry curcumin, we still love you. Watch the video below to see why it’s so powerful: 

Despite quercetin being in such a wide range of plant-based foods, Dr. Lipman says most people don’t consume enough of it to truly benefit. Part of this is because most Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, but even foods that naturally contain quercetin don’t have very high doses of the polyphenol. This is why Dr. Lipman often recommends a quercetin supplement. (He actually has his own, Superpowder, $54, which he created for The Well as its chief medical officer.)

Other tips Dr. Lipman wants everyone to know about longevity

While certainly more studies need to be done on quercetin (particularly on humans, not fruit flies or rats), the evidence that suggests its connection to longevity is compelling. But Dr. Lipman reiterates that it, like anything else, certainly isn’t a silver bullet for being a healthy octogenarian.

“One of the most important things for longevity is getting enough sleep,” he says. “We have a glymphatic system in the brain, which is the brain’s self-cleaning mechanism, and it only works when you’re asleep.” Not getting enough sleep makes it harder for the glymphatic system to do its clean-up job, which over time can lead to cognitive decline, Dr. Lipman says.

He also emphasizes the importance of having a sense of purpose, regular exercise, and eating healthy overall. Doubling down on apples and onions or popping a daily quercetin supplement is no replacement for a healthy diet. “When you look at Blue Zones, where people regularly live into old age in good health, they eat foods that are close to nature and not overly processed, they have a good support system, and aging is actually revered,” Dr. Lipman says. “These things matter.”

When it comes to longevity, it’s not only about what you put into your body, but is also about what’s in your heart. While the benefits may be outward-facing, when you get down to it, longevity truly is an inside job.

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Top 16 Doctors On Social Media, Who Practice Naturopathy And Functional Medicine – Online Cooking Classes

Today, we find that there are doctors who have taken the path to focus on natural remedies and functional medicine, which is quite different from what conventional doctors practice. Naturopathy focuses exclusively on natural remedies to illness. Functional medicine looks at the whole body and how the environment affects it and looks at the root cause of the disease. While naturopathy focuses on natural remedies, functional medicine looks at the individual patient’s unique circumstances, from the patient’s body to the patient’s environment. So today we shall focus on a few doctors who practice Naturopathy and  Functional Medicine. These top professionals have truly embraced food as a medicine approach in their practices, and that’s exactly what our healthy cooking school stands for.

Zach Bush MD is a physician specializing in internal medicine, endocrinology, and hospice care. He is an internationally recognized educator and thought leader on the microbiome as it relates to health, disease, and food systems. His passion for education reaches across many disciplines, including topics such as the role of soil and water ecosystems in human genomics, immunity, and gut/brain health. 

He is a psychiatrist, Founder  Amen Clinics, leader in brain health & neuroimaging, 12x NY Times bestselling author. Dr. Amen is transforming the way mental health is treated. He believes in providing personalized treatment plans that use the least toxic, most effective solutions.

3. Dr. Will Cole

Dr. Cole is a leading Functional Medicine Expert who consults with patients worldwide via webcam, author, and co-host of the goopfellas podcast. He specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing health programs for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal dysfunctions, digestive disorders, and brain problems.

4. Dr. Mary Pardee

She is a Functional Medicine doctor and who specializes in gut-brain health. Dr. Mary believes that if we optimize our gut-health as well as our brain health we can optimize our entire body. She uses the best of conventional medicine, naturopathic medicine, and functional medicine to get her clients the health results they desire. 

5. Dr. Steven Lin

Dr. Steven Lin is a world-leading functional dentist, TEDx speaker, and author of the International #1 Amazon Best Selling Book, The Dental Diet. Dr. Lin focusses on the understanding of dental disease through nutritional principles.

6. Dr. James DiNicolantonio

Dr. James DiNicolantonio is a cardiovascular research scientist and doctor of pharmacy at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, and author of The Salt Fix and Superfuel. He is an expert on health and nutrition, he has contributed extensively to health policy.

7. Dr. Lana Wellness

Dr. Lana is best known to offer a naturopathic approach to modern life. She looks into the underlying and often-overlooked aspects of our lives and bodies to uncover the root causes of health and wellness issues. Then, creates naturopathic health plans according to what your issue as her patient may be.

Dr. Katherine Chang is a licensed naturopathic doctor in California who focuses on wellness optimization, anti-aging, and preventative medicine. She utilizes modalities such as diet and lifestyle management, botanical herbs, nutraceuticals, special IV vitamin/mineral formulations, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as minimally invasive interventions. 

9. Dr. Asia Muhammad

Dr. Asia has used Naturopathic Medicine for years to manage thousands of gastroenterology cases with great success. From a numbers perspective, she says that we are mostly bacteria, and the microbiome is where she focuses much of her attention in chronic cases.

10. Dr. Judy Brangman

Dr. Judy Brangman is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician. She is also certified in Lifestyle Medicine and plant-based nutrition. She teaches how to live healthier so that you can live your best life and walk in your purpose. She is mindful of medication interactions and aims to help her patients minimize their medication dependence as much as possible.

Doctor Mendez is a South Florida based, double board-certified gastroenterologist and internist. Her medical interests include disease prevention, nutrition, and digestive disorders. She practices evidence-based medicine and is a proponent of lifestyle changes to promote health and wellness. 

Dr. Yami is a board-certified pediatrician, certified lifestyle medicine physician, certified health and wellness coach, author, and speaker. She is a passionate promoter of healthy lifestyles and a champion of plant-based nutrition for the prevention of chronic disease.

13. Dr. Cresencia Felty

Dr.Felty aims to educate and empower each person to take charge of their health, reduce symptoms of any illness, support the body’s natural ability to heal, and balance the body so that illness is less likely to occur in the future. She does this by way of non-invasive therapies including nutrition, herbal medicine, lifestyle intervention, breathwork, and naturopathic counseling. Dr. Felty is an expert at self-healing and restoring health naturally.

14. Dr. Guy Citrin

Dr. Guy combines innovative integrative modalities with functional, naturopathic, and conventional medicine for the best possible results. He has diverse experience, education, and training, and specializes in treating chronic disease, hormone imbalance, joint pain, gut health, anti-aging, and regenerative medicine. While using food as a medical approach.

15. Dr. Hadar Sophia

Dr. Hadar is one of the leading doctors using functional medicine to create a vibrant glow inside out. She is known to use holistic weight loss, detoxification, graceful aging, and immune support as her forms of healing. She is an expert in providing overall health, wellness, and care to the community.

She specializes in solving persistent pain, mystery illness, autoimmune issues. She also is vigilant in finding optimal paths for helping her patients shift into health. She is known to combine the best medical practices with knowledge with complementary therapies, emerging science, and ancient traditions that have stood the test of time.

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Why You Should Consult With A Functional Medicine Trained Oncologist And Biohacker – Integrative Oncology Essentials

Did you know that cancer patients and survivors are at a higher risk of dying from any cause compared with individuals who have never had cancer?

If this fact worries you, I have good news. Combining functional medicine and biohacking, I can help you significantly reduce this risk.

What Is Functional Medicine?

This is the use of laboratory testing, lifestyle modifications and other interventions (i.e. drugs, supplements, evidence based complementary therapies) to:

What Is Biohacking?

“Biohacking” is the use of devices (wearables and others) and lab tests to assess:

I also may employ, sensitive diagnostic/screening technologies and assays to look for cancer in the body in the earliest stages. These tests can identify tumors and cancer often long before they present with clinical symptoms. Examples:

Biohackers use this data to guide their implementation of various evidence-informed interventions to positively impact their physical and mental health, performance and quality of life.


Why Do Cancer Patients And Survivors Have A Higher Mortality?

There are two main reasons for this:

#1) The same risk factors that are associated with cancer development (i.e. physiological, environmental, genetic, psychosocial) are also strongly correlated with a higher risk of developing or exacerbating other chronic diseases. Examples:

Let’s look at one of the most important physiological process that can alter the function of all tissues and organ systems in the body: “inflammation.”

Persistently elevated levels of inflammatory proteins (i.e. cytokines) are associated with a greater risk of developing or exacerbating most chronic diseases and cancer. Inflammatory proteins activate a complex biological pathway (nuclear factor kappa-B, “NF-KB”) that has broad impacts on the body.

As an integrative oncologist, I approach patient care holistically. This means that I look at as many of these factors as possible to help improve the outcomes in my patients. I have published about the importance of taking a broad systems approach in cancer care, here.

#2) It is well known to anyone who has personally gone through chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery that there are side effects and long-term issues that occur as a result of these and other cancer treatments. Many of these issues can have lasting effects on one’s health, such as:

If these effects are not addressed, individually or together, they can promote the development of chronic diseases (i.e. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia), disease progression and developing new cancers, cancer progression and recurrence.

Most individuals these days would prefer to optimize their healthspan (the part of a person’s life during which they are generally in good health), instead of their lifespan.

Get A Consultation With An Oncologist Trained In Functional Medicine

If you have a history of cancer or are currently undergoing cancer treatment and optimizing your healthspan interests you, I highly recommend scheduling a consultation with functional medicine-trained oncologist. 

There are many unique issues that cancer patients and survivors face (especially as they related to the side effects and complications of treatment, inflammatory, immune, metabolic problems, secondary malignancies, cancer and disease screening and potential interactions with other therapies). These topics are often not well-understood by non-oncology healthcare providers, which is why consulting with an experienced functional medicine-trained, board-certified oncologist is recommended.

Consult With Brian Lawenda, M.D.

I offer appointments by phone or video (30 or 60-minute consults, your choice of phone, Skype or Zoom). 

My background:

What To Expect During Your Consult:

How To Purchase And Schedule Your Consult:

**Cancer patients/survivors can also consult with me in-person by contacting my office for an appointment. Most insurances are accepted. Northwest Cancer Clinic, Kennewick, WA. 509-987-1800**

Contact Me If You Have Any Questions:

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Conversion of T4 to T3 Thyroid Hormone – Root Functional Medicine

Do you have a thyroid disorder? Or rather, do you suspect you have a thyroid disorder, yet your blood work came back “normal”?

Testing only TSH to assess thyroid function is not enough. Read this blog post to learn why.

During a comprehensive thyroid workup, we assess how well your body is converting the main thyroid hormone (T4) to the active thyroid hormone (T3). Your T4 hormone must be converted into T3 in order for your body to use it.

full thyroid panelThis article will review the conversion of T4 to T3 and what you can do to optimize it!

Why Does Conversion of T4 to T3 Matter?

Traditional health practitioners screen thyroid function by looking at one main lab value called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).

The pituitary gland in your brain releases TSH which then tells your thyroid gland to make thyroid hormone (abbreviated T4).

However, your body must convert T4 into T3 (the active form) in order to use it. If the conversion of T4 to T3 is poor, then you may experience some of the common hypothyroid symptoms like fatigue, depression, sensitivity to cold temperatures, difficulty concentrating, and more.

Keep in mind, that this poor conversion can occur even if your TSH levels appear to be normal.

So, it’s important to assess the conversion of T4 to the active form of T3 to find the root cause of your symptoms and optimize thyroid function.

What hurts the conversion of T4 to T3?

Many factors hinder your body’s conversion of T4 to the active T3 form. Let’s review a few of the main ones!

No surprise here, right?

In times of chronic stress, your body releases higher amounts of a stress hormone called cortisol. At this time, your body is focused on the cortisol release, so it does not put much effort into converting T4 into T3. Instead, it redirects T4 to another hormone called reverseT3 (1).

Your body requires a delicate balance of reverse T3. Too much of this hormone as a result of chronic stress can slow metabolism and cause other detrimental effects in the body.

Impaired Liver Function

Your thyroid gland makes T4 and a tiny bit of T3.

However, most conversion of T4 to T3 occurs outside of the thyroid gland, particularly in the liver (2). Impaired liver function, therefore, may negatively affect this conversion even if liver enzymes appear to be within normal limits.

Poor Gut Health

Your gut is another location where the conversion of T4 to T3 occurs.

Disruptions in gut health as seen in dysbiosis (an imbalance of gut bacteria), inflammatory bowel disease, or leaky gut may reduce your body’s ability to convert T4 into the active T3 hormone.

Low-Calorie Diets

Low-calorie diets can be damaging to thyroid function and may reduce T3 concentrations by up to 50 percent (3).

When you severely restrict calories, your body will redirect your thyroid hormone (T4) into the reverse T3 version, which causes a drop in your metabolism (4). This is a protective mechanism to prolong your survival in times of famine and food restriction.

What helps the conversion of T4 to T3?

Fortunately, there are many diet and lifestyle interventions that can optimize your conversion of T4 to T3.

Follow an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Poor conversion of T4 to T3 often boils down to chronic inflammation.

To help lower inflammation, follow an anti-inflammatory diet that is rich in fruits, veggies, wild-caught fish, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Limit foods that may worsen inflammation like refined grains, processed foods, alcohol, and added sugar.

Remember to eat enough calories, too!

Eat Enough Zinc and Selenium

Zinc and selenium are two essential minerals required for the conversion of T4 to T3. In fact, one of the main enzymes that makes this conversion relies on selenium in order to function!

Eat plenty of foods rich in these two essential minerals:

Lower Stress Levels

Managing stress is key to lowering cortisol levels and optimizing the T4 to T3 conversion. Are there any stressors in your life that you can reduce or eliminate?

Make time for a daily stress reducing activity like yoga, meditation, journaling, walking, or deep breathing exercises. Here is a blog post we wrote on how to manage stress.

Optimize Gut Health

The gut plays an integral role in lowering inflammation and helping your body convert T4 to T3.

Optimizing gut health begins with a solid foundation of an anti-inflammatory diet rich in fiber and low in processed foods.  However, some people require a more comprehensive plan to treat gut imbalances.

We take a personalized approach to gut health and can test for potential gut irritants such as food sensitivities, infections, or bacterial overgrowth. From there, we guide you in replacing missing elements (like digestive enzymes), repopulating the gut with friendly gut bacteria, and repairing the gut lining.

Finding the Root Cause of Thyroid Issues

Trying to navigate health issues on your own can be overwhelming and frustrating. When it comes to optimizing the conversion of T4 to T3 and treating thyroid conditions, finding the root cause is essential.

Whether it’s poor gut health, nutrient deficiencies, or inflammation, we are here to support and guide you in your healing journey.

Learn more about our treatment programs here. All of our functional medicine plans include a thyroid lab panel which assesses this T4 to T3 conversion (including our new wellness consult with labs before your visit!). Because we know that up to 60% of people with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition, we feel this is an important screening test! (5)

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Root Welcomes Dr. Bethanie Thompson, MD – Root Functional Medicine

Root is proud to announce that Dr. Bethanie Thompson, MD will be joining our Root team this fall!  Dr. Bethanie Thompson is board certified in family medicine and has completed training through the Institute of Functional Medicine. She believes in the body’s ability to thrive when the root cause is discovered and treated and she is excited to offer this more fulfilling type of wellness care at Root.

Her special interests are: anxiety/mood and the gut brain connection, weight management, women’s health and hormone balance, preconception planning, and health optimization and prevention.

Here’s a little more about Dr. Bethanie Thompson!

Why did you start functional medicine training?

I went to my first functional medicine conference in 2016 with Erica Armstrong (it was her first too!) with the intent to learn more about how to treat gastrointestinal problems, since so many people experience these symptoms. Honestly, it was partly to learn better how to help some of my own symptoms. I didn’t even really know what functional medicine was at that point, and was a bit of a fish out of water at that first conference. I realized there was so much more to learn than what was taught in my traditional medical training, but it offered hope that there was more out there. That was the start of my journey.

What do you want clients to know about working with you?

I am a human being work-in-progress just like them! My practice style is hugely different than it was when I first finished medical school and residency training. I think that having children has been one of the things that has changed me most for the better. I am still evolving, and hope that I will be even a better version of myself in decades to come.

What are your special areas of interest in functional medicine?

Health optimization for people who want to work toward their fullest wellness. I also like to work with people who are starting to notice a down-turn in their mood, to help naturally treat symptoms that may feel like depression or anxiety.

Why did you decide to join Root?

The practice model at Root will allow for much more time with each client – a welcome change. To really do the deep detective work that is Functional Medicine, I will look forward to really getting to know all aspects of each individual’s story so we don’t miss any important info that might be clues to how to help and work toward wellness.

What is your favorite food?

Blueberries! I tell my kids that they were made out of blueberries because I ate so many during the Summers that I was pregnant with them.

What is a health tip that you personally do?

This past few years, I’ve tried out various fun things as I’ve taken the scenic route to improved wellness. In the colder months, I enjoy infra-red sauna on a regular basis. Mindfulness practices and meditation have been really helpful for me to improve my focus, feel at peace more regularly, and miss less of the simple but treasured moments with my children. I started to practice yoga when I turned forty, and the most important thing it’s taught me is that I can do hard things. My husband and I (usually) eat a pretty clean plant-based whole-foods diet, of which the benefits can not be understated. Currently, I’m working on optimizing my circadian rhythm and sleep hygiene, and recognize the difficulty I have had with implementing the seemingly simple behavior change of getting to bed earlier. Oh what else have I practiced … intermittent fasting, dry skin brushing, reduced wi-fi exposure, the list goes on. There’s always some thing to work on!

What’s the best part of your job?

I have always loved the intersection of science and working with people that is medicine. Getting to know people well and feel that I can help them work toward their health goals is a rewarding and humbling experience, and I’m so lucky to be able to do this work.

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Thorough Clinical Assessment

Your Functional Medicine journey begins with a thorough clinical assessment and detailed health history with a Functional Medicine provider. With great care, our team will take our time – approximately one hour for your first visit – to discuss all of your current health concerns, perform a physical exam, and dive into the interactions between genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence your long-term health. Together, we will mutually agree on a plan that puts you in the driver’s seat of your treatment.

Lifestyle/Behavioral Change Roadmap

After your laboratory assessments are completed, our team will schedule a complete review of findings. During this time together, you will have a comprehensive discussion of your results and – more importantly – set a course of action to help you achieve both short-term and long-term goals. This may include meeting with our registered dietitians to address dietary changes, natural supplementation, and/or lifestyle changes. We may also recommend concurrent treatment with a specialist.

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D. Lindsey Berkson, MA, DC, CNS, DACBN, ACN – Naples Center for Functional Medicine

The author of 21 books, including “Safe Hormones, Smart Women,” Dr. Lindsey Berkson has worked as a continuing education professor for doctors and pharmacists. She is a functional medicine specialist focusing on hormones, anti-aging and medical nutrition, especially for breast cancer survivors. Dr. Berkson has been a nutrient formulator, drug inventor, and chiropractor. She has served as a hormone scholar at an environmental estrogen think tank at Tulane University and has published original peer-review research with Houston’s University of Texas Medical School.

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