What is inflammation?
Think of inflammation as the body's natural response to protect itself against harm. There are two types: acute and chronic.
Chronic inflammation often occurs inside your body without any noticeable symptoms.
Worldwide, 3 of 5 people die due to chronic inflammatory diseases like stroke, chronic respiratory diseases, heart disorders, cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Many major diseases that plague us—including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer's—have been linked to chronic inflammation.
How can chronic inflammation affect you?
Some of the common signs and symptoms that develop during chronic inflammation are listed below:
Constant fatigue and insomnia
Depression, anxiety and mood disorders
Gastrointestinal complications like constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux
What is the fokus anti-inflammatory program?
Addressing chronic inflammation is vital to longterm health. The fokus anti-inflammatory program is a 3-month personalized program for healthy individuals, based mainly on the principles of Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet.
What is included in the fokus anti-inflammatory program?
As with all fokus programs, the anti-inflammatory program begins with a resting metabolic rate assessment at one of our clinic locations. Below is a timeline summary of the program:
To keep you and us safe, at this time FOKUS is not offering metabolic testing due to the pandemic. Furthermore, all appointments will be conducted virtually- either by phone or a video conferencing platform.
Metabolic Rate Test
Nutrition & Health Assessment
Lab Requisition for Initial hsCRP
Follow Up Support
Final Metabolic Test
Following a thorough assessment, which includes a metabolic test and a current nutrition and health overview by one of our registered dietitian nutritionists, a comprehensive plan is created with the primary focus of reducing the overall chronic inflammation in the body. You can learn more about the components of the fokus personalized health plan here.
When your personalized health plan is complete, you will meet with your registered dietitian nutritionist for program introduction, where you will be presented with your personalized health plan, and review your results together. From there on, you will work closely with your registered dietitian virtually, and complete scheduled, in-clinic metabolic tests for the duration of your program.
We recommend all clients on the fokus anti-inflammation program to get their high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) tested by their physician both prior to starting the program and immediately after concluding the program. Though there are no highly effective laboratory measures to assess for chronic inflammation, hsCRP is an inexpensive and good marker of systemic inflammation.
One of the most powerful tools to combat chronic inflammation comes not from the pharmacy, but from the grocery store.
"Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects."
- Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.
CONTACT US for more information about pricing and signing up to fokus anti-inflammatory!