Taking a proactive approach to your health is the best defense for a strong immune system. At Renewed Vitality, our providers take the time to listen to your symptoms and utilize comprehensive lab work to identify root causes of dysfunction in order to optimize your health thus making you more resilient to acute illnesses such as bacterial and viral infections, and to better manage and prevent chronic disease. Our goal is to do everything we can to help you ensure that your body is performing as efficiently as possible to keep you healthy and thriving! We provide testing and treatment for the following, all of which affect immune function:
- Hormonal imbalances to include the sex hormones
- Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, Hyperthyroidism
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Gut infections
- Food insensitivities
- Sleep deprivation
- Underlying viral and bacterial infections
- Candida/Yeast infections
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Mitrochondria dysfunction
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Body detoxification
Most people come to us because they have non-optimum conditions or symptoms and the traditional or “conventional” medicine approach is not helping them. Our patients find that they are able to heal and thrive because we look for the root causes of their symptoms and address those. Once the underlying cause is discovered and treated, the symptoms often disappear, which is why we don’t just prescribe a pill to suppress or mask the problem, and instead look further for the root cause.
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Conventional medicine works well for situations such as acute illness, life-threatening illness, trauma, etc. Doctors and hospitals perform surgeries, complete diagnostic tests, and prescribe antibiotics and other medications to treat their patients. This is incredibly valuable and even life-saving in such circumstances. However, many patients fall through the cracks of conventional medicine and often feel like they can’t find a provider to fix what’s wrong with them or even listen to them. Worse yet, medications can be prescribed that do nothing to address the underlying causes, and many times, have unpleasant side effects. Common things that are commonly overlooked, dismissed, or improperly treated can include:
- Immune deficiencies
- Hormonal imbalances
- Thyroid problems
- Gut/digestive health issues
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep deprivation
- Nutritional deficiencies and/or malabsorption problems
- Chronic fatigue
- Autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia
- Weight gain/inability to lose weight
- Insulin resistance
- Liver and/or kidney dysfunction
- Brain fog/cognitive dysfunction
- Disease prevention
Renewed Vitality uses an Integrative Approach to Healing
Our providers take a functional and integrative approach with our patients so that we can help find the relief that you are looking for and address whole-body wellness. We see patients every day who seek us out after spending years attempting to overcome these types of issues. Our appointments are one-hour to one and a half hours in length so that we can spend enough time with you to get to know your individualized health care needs.
Our Functional Medicine/Integrative Medicine approach:
- Looks for root causes of illness.
- Comprehensively addresses hormonal imbalances with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and up-to-date thyroid treatment.
- Focuses on chronic disease management, healing, and prevention.
- Is a partnership between you and us which includes provider expertise and patient participation.
- Includes spending more time with patients in order to listen and take the time to explain and empower.
- Utilizes the most up-to-date screening tests in order to proactively manage chronic illness, correct imbalances, and promote long term vitality and wellness.
- Addresses the whole body and mind which includes diet, lifestyle, stress, exercise, environment, and genetics.
Renewed Vitality is a place of hope. Our patients come from all walks of life searching for healing that they have often not found in traditional clinics. Here, our knowledgeable doctor and nurse practitioners take the time to find the underlying causes of illnesses and non-optimum conditions. They will work with you, using proven, advanced technology, in a warm, compassionate environment. This can include addressing such things as:
- Weakened and/or compromised immune system.
- Treatment of Thyroid Disorders (we test TSH, T3, T4, Reverse T3, and Antibodies). Conditions treated include Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease, and Graves’ Disease.
- Hormone balancing for women and men with the use of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
- Digestive disorders, food sensitivities/allergies, and overall gut health.
- Insulin resistance
- Nutritional deficiencies and/or absorption problems.
- High inflammation levels.
- Adrenal fatigue.
- Chronic viral syndromes, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- Sleep disorders and treatment.
- Detox programs for heavy metals exposure and other environmental toxins.
- Anti-aging protocols.
Renewed Vitality is an ideal choice to find relief from menopause, low testosterone, weight gain, fatigue, thyroid disorder, various types of hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic viral syndromes, and many other illnesses that cause pain, immune-system dysfunction, and loss of energy and vitality.
Hormones and Their Effect on the Immune System
Women and men can both have hormonal imbalances. Ensuring proper balance of your hormones is a vital part of Functional Medicine. In addition to the aging process, hormonal imbalances can occur as a result of diet, stress, sleep disturbances and medications.
In women, many hormonal imbalances often occur as we age, such as with perimenopause and menopause. It can also occur in premenopausal women who suffer from conditions such as PMS, estrogen dominance, or PCOS. Some hormonal issues come at any age.
As men age, they will go through a period in their life called Andropause which can deplete hormone levels. Regardless of age, both men and women can experience chronic illnesses, adrenal fatigue, gut problems, thyroid issues, insulin resistance, and sleep problems. All of these things can cause hormones to go awry.
If a person is experiencing hormonal imbalances in one area, it’s not uncommon for the entire endocrine system to be disrupted since all of the hormones work synergistically with each other. These imbalances can lead to a weakened immune system, disease, early aging, infertility, and autoimmune disorders. Gut health can also significantly impact the endocrine system along with other biological processes too.
Achieving balance with hormones is crucial to feeling good physically and mentally and having a strong immune system.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalances may be vague and overlap with other conditions so it is important to have accurate lab testing in order to treat your specific needs.
Signs that you may be experiencing hormonal imbalance may include:
- Joint and muscle pain
- Weight gain or the inability to lose weight, even with exercise
- Weight gain in the abdominal area
- Difficulty concentrating
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep issues
- Heart palpitations
- Cold or heat intolerance
- Digestive problems
- Loss of muscle tone/decreased muscle mass
- Hair loss
- Painful sex
- Decreased libido
- Loss of skin elasticity
- High blood pressure/high cholesterol
- Irregular/absent periods/Infertility
- Dry skin/scalp
The Role of Gut Health and the Immune System
More and more research studies are emerging which show how much gut health influences the body and the brain. Our immune system is greatly influenced by our gut and it is the first line of defense against disease and acute illness. Oftentimes, the breakdown of the immune system can be linked to the health of our microbiome.
The microbiome also affects our metabolic rate. Metabolism is a biochemical process that determines how quickly your body converts calories into energy. Problems such as an underactive thyroid, adrenal fatigue, stress, lack of sleep, and an accumulation of toxins will affect your metabolic rate. Therefore, a healthy microbiome is critical, affecting not only digestion, but mood, cognitive function, aging, and of course, our immune system. Gut issues can also be caused by taking some medications.
The Enteric Nervous System or ENS is located throughout your digestive system and is the link between digestion, mood and health. It basically releases enzymes that break down food and control blood flow for nutrient absorption and elimination. For those people who have IBS, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, upset stomach and bloating, the irritation that this creates can actually cause mood swings by sending signals to the central nervous system. There is a much higher percentage of anxiety and depression in people with IBS and GI tract issues and as much as 40 percent of the population suffer from some kind of gastrointestinal problem.
While some conventional practitioners recognize that there are underlying causes of disease and/or symptoms that are linked to gut health, many times they do not understand its role fully, nor do they test for it. Instead, they will prescribe a medication to treat a symptom. At Renewed Vitality, we recognize the importance of a healthy gut microbiome and offer testing for our existing patients to help identify the root cause(s) of what is ailing you.
Gut Health Testing
Genova GI Effects Test
The GI Effects Test is an innovative stool test that measures biomarkers of GI function and performance of the microbiome in your gut. This cutting-edge test helps to indicate not only your gut health, but your overall health as well. Once identified, better and more targeted treatment can be implemented in your individual health plan. Additionally, if there are pathogens present in your gut that may be causing illness, or if there is an improper balance of commensal and beneficial bacteria present, and/or any risk factors relating to the microbiome, these will also be indicated through this test.
Food Sensitivity Test
Food allergies can play a major role in quality of life. Many people keep an Epi-Pen on hand in case of accidental ingestion of common allergens like peanuts, shrimp, lactose or other food allergens because some food allergies can be life-threatening.
Food sensitivities are not the same as food allergies, however, they can wreak havoc on the gastrointestinal tract and the way we feel. Sensitivities and intolerances are becoming a growing problem to a greater number of people. Some people may not realize that they have food sensitivities even if they suffer from chronic inflammation and/or gastrointestinal problems.
You may experience symptoms such as:
- Joint aches and pains
- Frequent fatigue
- Digestion issues such as gas, diarrhea, IBS, IBD or other intestinal issues
- Brain fog
- Weight gain or the inability to lose weight
These are just some of the types of symptoms you may experience. Renewed Vitality uses the ALCAT Test which is the leading source for food sensitivity testing. Those who suffer from food sensitivities may benefit from knowing specifically how food and chemical intolerances are affecting their bodies. ALCAT testing allows cutting edge technology to create personalized nutritional planning resulting in improvements you can see and feel.
We Can Help You Strengthen Your Immune System and Improve Your Overall Health
Please contact our New Patient Coordinator for your Free Phone Consultation. She can answer any questions or concerns that you may have and give you additional information about our providers, our protocols and fees, what is covered by insurance and what is not and any other details you may need. She can also get you booked for your first appointments, if you decide we are a good fit for you. There are no obligations to book an appointment.
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