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Epigenetics is a new approach to health, wellness and chronic disease that is focused on restoring your health. If you’re tired of feeling ill and treating symptoms, but not really getting better, you’re in the right place. We focus on improving your overall health, not just calming or masking your symptoms. We find the root cause of disease by considering contributing factors that can impact your quality of health. By identifying genetically based health risk factors, we help you live a healthier life, prevent potential illnesses, and slow or even reverse many diseases.
Epigenetics is the study of your genes and how a personalized approach to your care supports any genetic weaknesses you might have. Your genes are actually responsible for about 30% of your health — and your health challenges. While you can’t control the genes you get, with knowledge, you can support where you have inherent weaknesses. This is a natural approach to reversing things that are wrong throughout your entire body.
Health is like a seven-layer dip: diet, lifestyle, environment, family history, diagnoses, signs and symptoms, and epigenetics. What is healthy for one person can be poison to another. Rather than guessing, we use epigenetics to dig into your genetic makeup and learn where your body needs support. We can then layer food intake, supplements and lifestyle changes to support your body’s natural ability to reverse what is wrong within it.
Because you’re an individual, the contributing factors to your health are the basis for the way we design a plan to help you. We are all unique “pegs,” but the medical establishment is focused on fitting all of us into holes that are the same size and shape. Here, we give you the individualized attention and personalized plan that your health deserves.
To provide personalized care, your Functional Epigenetic Nutritionist spends time with you, listening to your history and evaluating interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and chronic disease. Our individualized care uniquely supports your health and vitality.
Functional nutrition is an approach to health that focuses on determining root causes of disease. A functional nutritionist not only looks at your diet but also evaluates your stress levels, environmental exposures, signs and symptoms, and prior diagnoses to determine causes. At Living Well Nutrition, The Center for Epigenetic Counseling, we go beyond functional nutrition by studying your epigenetics to include the most foundational level of health that science provides. The certified nutrition coach helps you create a strategic plan to meet your unique needs and optimize your health.
There are many illnesses that can be helped through proper nutrition and dietetic guidance. If you suffer from heart disease or diabetes, for example, your doctor may refer you to a registered dietitian. The dietitian will then prescribe a diet based on your specific diagnosis. At Living Well Nutrition, The Center for Epigenetic Counseling, we go beyond a diagnosis-based diet. Our specialty is referred to as Functional Nutrition, which is a part of the field of Functional Medicine. We look at how food and nutrients affect your body on a cellular level. That means you won’t just be handed a standardized diet and sent home!
Rather than managing your disease condition (your symptoms), we aim to provide true healthcare. Looking for a cause involves layering various bits of information. First, your diagnosis and lab work are taken into consideration. Second, your health history, lifestyle and family history are considered. Third, the impact of your current diet, nutrient status and food sensitivities are considered. Finally, your epigenetics are tested and researched.
Whether you are looking to be as healthy as possible, preparing to start a family, adjusting to menopause or facing a chronic condition like fibromyalgia, we can help. We help women overcome the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia to improve their health, mood and life. We also help set the foundation to ensure a healthy pregnancy and to start your baby on the path to a lifetime of optimal health. No plans for children? We love creating general lifestyle plans with clients to optimize their everyday health and well-being. As you naturally age and approach menopause, we help you prepare and maintain your health during this transition.
What are epigenetics? Epigenetics are the expression of your genes that you got from your parents. This is different from just looking at the genes (or the DNA) that you inherited — the things that make our eyes blue or green or brown, for example.
The expression of your genes is a direct reflection of your nutrient status (what you eat) and your environment (this includes exposure to chemicals, stresses and many other factors). Our genes are very responsive to these inputs.
Like an artist will apply layers of paint to achieve the final painting, we layer the information to get a complete picture of your health.
This approach to your health is not for everyone. Some people want to be given a diet and a medication regimen to follow to the letter. That is their choice.
Others are not willing to live with a diagnosis. They know that their diagnosis doesn’t have to be permanent. They believe they can control and regain complete health. These people realize that they will have to make some changes in their lives, that what they have been doing is not working. They are willing to do the work to regain their health. They are ready to change their diet and lifestyle. And, they are ready to invest in finding the root causes of their problems. Those are the people who come to Living Well Nutrition, The Center for Epigenetic Counseling.
At the Center, we partner with you to optimize your health. Does this mean you’ll have more energy and fewer symptoms? Yes! Does is mean you’ll lose all the diagnoses you may have? Maybe. While we don’t promise miracle cures for every patient, we have seen and experienced firsthand how amazing the human body is. We know that when we support the body’s natural healing, then wonderful things do happen.
We regularly work with other healthcare providers, and we love referrals. We handle in-depth intake and full functional and genomic analyses. We can counsel you directly or make recommendations in consultation with your doctor. We provide a full, detailed summary to your doctor for your patient file records. We can also consult directly with your doctor. We even see patients by appointment on-site at physicians’ offices. Our online supplement dispensary resources are also available to you and your doctor.
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