Seasons Wellness Services7 Points of Wellness
Seasons breaks free from the disease model of medicine. Our focus is wellness by optimizing your health. What does this mean? Just because you are free of disease does not mean you have great health. A wellness model of medicine is the only way to prevent disease and promote healthy living.
At Seasons, we work to achieve health and wellness with balance using our 7 Points of Wellness.
7 Points of Wellness:
- Gut Microbiome
Is your destiny written in your DNA? For years, scientists believed that a person’s DNA – the complex genetic code that carries all the information needed for growth and development – was a fixed and unchanging set of “instructions” that directed the body’s processes from birth to death. But new insights from the emerging field of epigenetics suggest that these genetic instructions can be modified by external factors i.e. nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle interventions with profound implications for health, wellness, disease prevention and the aging process.
For humans and all other life forms, the genome contains all the genetic material available to the organism. It is a complete set of genetic instructions that includes all the “building blocks” needed to bring that organism, specifically you, through all the stages of life. The genome’s instructions are made up of DNA – a unique chemical code that guides the growth and development of each individual.
Genetics is often called the study of heredity itself – the genetic “map” passed from the parents to their children that expresses specific traits. But epigenetics is a relatively new and rapidly expanding field of study that builds on the principles of genetics to explore the “switching” mechanisms that either suppress or express the message of a particular gene to customize therapies to optimize wellness potential for each individual. Because of epigenetics, your DNA may no longer be your destiny.
Are nutrition and health related? Absolutely. We are what we eat. Hippocrates said it best, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” Your diet must be individualized to meet your metabolic needs, limit inflammatory responses, and meet your lifestyle demands.
We offer personalized nutritional counseling to develop a plan for disease management, disease prevention, and overall good health. At Seasons, your nutritional plan is individualized to meet your needs in a way that fits your lifestyle.
Exercise is an important part of any weight-loss or weight-maintenance program. Maintaining healthy weight is an excellent benefit of exercise, but it does so much more for your body. Exercise builds muscle, relieves stress, and helps to detoxify, just to name a few. However, too much exercise can severely harm the body.
At Seasons, we work to maximize your calorie expenditure, while reducing the damage to your body from excessive exercise. We do this in a way to match your lifestyle and your physical abilities.
Regardless of your age, your body needs hormones to function. Hormones are a means of communication with your body. And balance of those hormones is the key. Sure, it would be great if men were just a Testosterone sponge; or women just an Estrogen factory. But, that is not the case and the key is to create a balance. When your hormones are balanced, so are you. When your hormones are not balanced, your body will let you know.
Your hormone balance is unique and will change based on factors such as weight loss, weight gain, stress, and even nutrition. By sharing any symptoms you might be having with your Seasons wellness team, we can assess the possibility of hormone imbalance issues. With that information and proper testing, we can identify your particular imbalance and formulate a plan to balance your hormones. Better hormones = better health.
Inflammation is the greatest obstacle to good health and is a part of the body’s immune system signaling department. Pain, redness, swelling, heat, and loss of function are common manifestations of inflammation. Inflammation is not new. The first four classical signs were described by Celsus (30 BC – 38 AD).
The source of inflammation is unique to each person and may be due to deficiencies, such as vitamin D, poor dietary intake of antioxidants, such as resveratrol and curcumin, or even a deficiency of fish (low Omega-3 intake leads to inflammation). Your gut could also be the source of inflammation! Did you know that up to 75% of your immune system lines your gut? In many ways, your health starts with your gut.
Because the source of inflammation is as different as the individual, the way to identify your unique source of inflammation is through symptom evaluation and state-of-the-art testing. At Seasons we can identify the causes of inflammation and implement specific therapy to eliminate inflammation, which can be as diverse as parasite treatment to dietary changes.
We live in a toxic world and there is no way around it! According to a recent study, detectable levels of toxins were found in up to 99% of pregnant women even though many of these chemicals have been banned since the early 1970’s. This number will only rise with the approximately 1,800 new chemicals approved annually. This tidal wave of toxins are overwhelming our detoxifications systems proven by the exponential rise in rates of autism spectrum disorder and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
The ability to detoxify is critical to health. Every cell must detoxify. At Seasons, we evaluate your individual ability to detoxify with state-of-the-art testing and treat those areas that are dysfunctional. We focus on your major detox organs — liver, skin, kidneys, lymphatics, and GI tract — through which every cell in the body must detoxify. We provide a detoxification plan to meet your specific toxic load and to support your identified needs.
Health begins in the gut. Like wise, disease begins in the gut. Health or disease in the gut all begins with the bacteria balance in the gut.
It has been estimated that somewhere between 5 and 9 trillion bacteria live in the human gut. This is referred to as the normal gut flora, commensal bacteria, or the gut microbiome. Compare the 5-9 trillion gut bacteria to the human genome of only 250,000 genes and it is a wonder who lives with whom. The gut bacteria help to support the immune system, aid in digestion, support vitamin production and protect against infections.
In addition to the Gut microbiome, the health of the gut is critical to the rest of the body. Digestion of food and absorption of macronutrients and micronutrients are key for optimal nutrition and energy support. Inflammation in the gut can damage the gut lining and lead to systemic inflammation which can support the genesis of a variety of diseases i.e. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer…. The presence of pathogenic bacteria and parasites can disrupt the gut microbiome, damage the gut lining, and lead to inflammation throughout the body. Whether it is the gut microbiome and/or the gut itself, the potential for disease or wellness truly does begin in the gut.
At Seasons, we offer individualized therapy to aggressively eliminate the obstacles to good health and maximize your body’s performance. We are not your disease doctor, we are your partners in health. We work to restore your health and then maintain that good health.
As Aristotle said, “The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” And at Seasons, our holistic approach encompasses all the body’s functions creating one plan giving you the tools you need to pursue wellness.
Questions? Spend some time on our website getting to know us and what we do. Then call (865) 675-9355 and speak with one of our Patient Relations Specialists. Remember, good health is a choice. And at Seasons, we offer you that opportunity. Don’t miss your opportunity to choose a health and wellness lifestyle.