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5 Major Components Addressed During a Functional Medicine Evaluation

5 Major Components Addressed During a Functional Medicine Evaluation

Any health condition or set of symptoms that you experience never happen in a vacuum. Your body’s interconnectedness means that getting meaningful treatment and living a healthy life is an effort that requires a deep dive — into what you eat, how often you move, how you manage stress, and even your health at the cellular level. 

Dr. Mandeep Walia-Bhatia approaches patient care by honoring the complexity of our bodies’ inner workings. A key service that Gain Wellness Center offers is a functional medicine evaluation, an in-depth look into your health on many levels — and how each of them impacts symptoms you may be experiencing. 

It is this tool that can offer Dr. Walia important information that can ultimately help her create a treatment plan that’s ideal for you.

Why get a functional medicine evaluation?

The functional medicine evaluation that Gain Wellness Center offers is what we call a Complete Wellness Evaluation, and it provides Dr. Walia with invaluable information about the most important aspects of your health. 

Since every one of our bodies is so different, we respond to lifestyle and other factors in highly individualized ways. This is why it’s essential for treatment to be tailored to every patient — whose personal medical history, self-care practices, vulnerabilities, age, gender, and other factors all contribute to creating that person’s personalized health “snapshot.” 

Our bodies are incredible tools, and they work with varying degrees of efficiency. We can do things that either support or hinder our body’s performance, and the Complete Wellness Evaluation assists Dr. Walia as she discovers solutions to help you truly heal, as opposed to quick fixes that address limited symptoms. 

The key areas a functional medicine evaluation examines

When you come to Gain Wellness Center for our Complete Wellness Evaluation, no stone is left unturned. We analyze these critical health pathways:

1. Cellular health

Your cells are your body’s building blocks, and they absorb the nutrients from what you eat and drink to fuel your body and enable its many important functions. Toxins in your cells impair their ability to perform their many vital jobs.

Our cell detoxification treatments improve your gut health and liver function, the organ responsible for many things — including filtering your blood of toxins and storing glycogen and vitamins, so your body can use them later as energy.

2. Hormonal imbalance

Your endocrine system is a miraculous communication platform within your body, and your hormones are its messengers, impacting everything from your energy and appetite to your sleep, reproductive system, and mood.

If your hormones are not in equilibrium, Dr. Walia can make diet and movement recommendations, offer stress management strategies, administer detoxification treatment, and advise hormone replacement therapy, if necessary.

3. Nutritional counseling

At Gain Wellness Center, we make functional nutrition recommendations based on your health history, individual genetics, lifestyle, and other factors. In other words, an individualized eating plan is created for you as opposed to a single dietary approach that is supposed to be ideal for everyone.

4. Exercise analysis

We can’t stress the importance of daily exercise enough. It supports both your physical and mental health. It strengthens your long-term health, staves off disease, and increases your energy, among many other benefits.

That doesn’t mean that it’s easy to fit a good workout into your busy life, however. We help you with that and assist you with creating a movement plan that takes your preferences into account, as well as your lifestyle.

5. Stress management

Stress greatly impacts your health. You can’t function at peak level or feel your best if you don’t learn to tame the competing demands on your time and in your brain. Together, we look at your work and home life, your relationships, and all you’re juggling to create a stress management approach that includes a variety of health-enhancing steps. 

And remember, your Complete Wellness Evaluation is just the beginning. It’s the critical tool that will guide us as we create your plan to achieve optimal wellness. Dr. Walia becomes your teacher, encourager, and ultimately, your partner in health.

Call our Poway office at 858-206-9715 today to schedule time with Dr. Walia and get your journey to good health started — it’s time! You can also arrange an appointment online with us. 

Dr. Mandeep Walia-Bhatia, DC, AFMCP Dr. Mandeep Walia-Bhatia, DC, AFMCP, is the founder of Gain Wellness Center in San Diego, California. At the wellness center, one of Dr. Walia's, greatest goals, as a health care provider, is to provide her practice members with alternative, but healthy and safe choices that will enhance their health and well-being. She likes to motivate and educate her practice members to take charge of their health by providing them with evidence-based information so that they can make informed decisions regarding their own personal health and take control of their health. Dr. Walia was born in India and raised in Canada before moving to San Diego. She attended McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada for her Master of Science degree with specialties in Biology and Physiology. She had various publications in research articles during her time at McMaster University funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. She has three kids and enjoys cooking, hiking and going to the beach with her family.

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