Functional Medicine in Glen Ellyn, IL
Are you tired of being sick and tired? Are you wondering why you don’t have energy or gaining weight or you can’t sleep? (Just to name a few issues) There could be many factors contributing to why you don’t feel like YOU! Dr. Michelle Wesely can get to the bottom of it. All you need to do is fill out a medical history form, gather any pertinent medical records, and schedule a 2-hour nutritional exam. Dr. Michelle Wesely uses a systematic way to approach any nutritional/wellness challenge. The approach is utilizing Functional Diagnostic Medicine. This utilizes diagnostic lab tests- blood, saliva, stool, and urine, as tools to discover the root cause of patients’ signs and symptoms. Once you fill out a comprehensive questionnaire, a thorough physical exam and your medical history is reviewed. Dr. Michelle Wesely will discuss what diagnostic labs are necessary. Once results are in, along with the information provided by and collected from the patient, Dr. Michelle Wesely can prescribe a nutritional protocol along with the proper diet and exercise program; once again, restoring health and vitality to the patient.
Symptoms of a Functionally Disturbed Patient:
- Fatigue/low energy
- Digestive disorders
- Reduced immunity
- Dysbiosis (bad bacteria overgrowth)
- Hormonal dysfunction
- Sleep disturbances
- Anxiety/depressive tendencies
- Weight fluctuations
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine treats your body as an entire organism, with all parts interdependent. This philosophy means your functional medicine doctor will deliver care that is centered on you, the patient, not a set of symptoms. Conventional medicine tends to be reactive, supplying medications and treatments after you’ve already become ill. Functional medicine takes a much more proactive approach, helping to prevent illness before it happens.
The Benefits of Functional Medicine
Functional medicine combines the best of medical philosophies and treatments. Western and Eastern medicine, alternative medicine, and evidence-based medicine are all used to help you maintain optimal health.
The Importance of Preventive Screenings in Functional Medicine
Preventive screenings, including laboratory testing of blood, urine, and stool, and bone density testing can identify many conditions early when they are easily treated. Preventive screenings can identify:
- High cholesterol levels–a major risk factor for heart disease
- Elevated blood sugar levels–a major risk factor for diabetes
- Blood in the stool–an indication of possible colorectal cancer
- Weakened and porous bones–an indication of osteoporosis
Good Nutrition, a Healthy Lifestyle, and Maintaining a Healthy Weight are Part of Functional Medicine
Dr. Michelle Wesely will also stress proper diet, living a healthy, active lifestyle, and avoiding excess weight gain as the cornerstones of good health. Start your journey today! Here are some helpful tips:
- Quit smoking, vaping, or using tobacco
- Enjoy a healthy diet through nutritional counseling and meal planning
- Lose excess weight to decrease your risk of obesity-related diseases
- Stay active, to maintain strong muscles and bones
- Keep your brain healthy by learning a new skill regularly
- Reduce your stress by practicing meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and relaxation techniques
- Modify your environment at home or at work, so you create a better work/life balance