If you could improve or invest in only one thing to propel your wealth what would that be?
For me, it is my health. Without my health, I have nothing. I am a healthy nurse “by design.” I have created a life for myself that allows me to function at my optimal level.
I have been conscientious about my well-being since before I can remember. I have fond memories of running in road races with my parents as a first grader and running at the local track. When my mom and I would run together we would pretend hundreds of people were cheering us on as we crossed the imaginary finish line as we waved our arms above our heads in celebration for a job well done.
I am so grateful that my love affair with exercise was weaved into my DNA. I don’t know any other way to be. I’m not some crazy work out fanatic, but there has never been a time in my life when I was not exercising regularly. I love the way it makes me feel during exercise and long after it’s over. I love the clarity and groundedness it provides when I feel overwhelmed. It also makes for a wonderful excuse to get out in nature. Something I believe that we all need more of.
Exercise makes me feel alive and very happy. Unfortunately for my hubby, a love for exercise was not included in his DNA. He knows deep down that it will make him feel better, but actually making it happen is not likely to occur unless he really puts some major elbow grease into making it happen. Pardon the pun, I couldn’t resist. I often wonder how in the world he can go for months without it. I would loose my mind if I did not do at least some form of exercise weekly.
It is astonishing to me how often we take our amazing bodies for granted and tend to even ignore them, that is, until something within our bodies or some part of our bodies stops functioning as it should. Our bodies are our temples, our vehicles that take us everywhere we need to go and yet we continue to treat them like they will be around forever, by not giving them what they need or pushing them to their limits.
I am no different. I have taken my body for granted and all that it provides. However, during the times that I have been under the weather or had to readjust how I do things because my body was not functioning mechanically as it normally should, I felt such an appreciation for my wonderful body and the orchestration of things that it does well for me every single day.
Since I have lived a healthy lifestyle for the most part, I haven’t had any real health issues. I get my yearly check ups and do not take any medications.
As a woman approaching my mid-forties, I want to ensure that the next forty are just as amazing or perhaps even better.
This decision led me to Functional Medicine.
I was introduced to Functional Medicine when I was studying nutrition at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2013. It fascinated me from the beginning and made so much sense.
The Institute for Functional Medicine prepares practitioners who want to become certified to offer Functional Medicine. Read their mission statement here: Mission Statement
The premise of Functional Medicine is this: “Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.” – See more at: What is Functional Medicine?
As a nurse and someone who wants to maximize my health and vitality, this seems like a no brainer. An optimal lifestyle full of the ultimate health is highly individualized, which is why I love the fundamentals of Functional Medicine.
Functional Medicine addresses the whole me and does not focus on treating symptoms, but maximizing my whole being which incorporates all of my systems and my environment. Traditional medicine does not come close to this approach, which is why chronic disease has become so endemic in our culture. It simply doesn’t work. We throw drugs at symptoms and tell people to loose weight and never consider showing them how to do it in a sustainable way. It’s more than not eating fast food, it’s about exploring what in the body is not functioning at its’ optimal levels and correcting that first and then supporting an individual in how to do that in a way that supports their ultimate wellness.
I found a local physician, Dr. Rob Bruley who practices Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine’s website directory. Payment was expected at the end of our visit. I used my Health Savings Account money to pay for the visit. It is more than I have ever paid for a “doctor’s appointment”, but by far the best investment I have ever made in myself and my future.
Our appointment was two hours and fifteen minutes. Dr. Bruley’s office is in an old historic home and I never felt like I was at a “doctor’s office”.
It felt more like I was visiting a friend and it was very relaxed.
Prior to my appointment, I completed a lengthy intake form about my health, lifestyle habits, and living environment. I am completing a set of comprehensive tests (urine, blood, saliva) in addition to the assessments done at my visit to determine any baseline deficiencies. My next appointment will include a review of the results and a plan of action.
I want as many people; especially nurses to know about the practice of Functional Medicine as an option. Many people turn to Functional Medicine as a “last resort”. I believe prevention is the best practice.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to reach your optimal wellness. Your wealth depends on it.
I believe prevention and Functional Medicine are the answer to turning around our flailing sick care that we label as “health care.” My dream is that insurance companies will start to see the value and impact of Functional Medicine and start covering this type of practice.
Dr. Bruley was kind enough to shoot a quick video to explain what functional medicine is while I was at his office. Check it our here: Dr. Bruley explains Functional Medicine
Have you seen a functional medicine provider and what was your experience like?
Wishing you optimal wealth and wellness.