CONWAY — Do you want to feel better and more vibrant? Do you struggle to make healthy choices? Do you sometimes suspect that your current diet is working against, rather than for you? Are you overwhelmed by conflicting dietary advice or don’t know where to start?

Discover Health Functional Medicine Center, local experts on health and wellness, will offer a five-week “Detox Plus” class starting on Monday, June 10. The  focus of the program is to help clients find foods that will enable you to feel their best.

It will take participants through a comprehensive elimination diet, which is considered the “gold standard” for finding food intolerances and sensitivities.

The purpose is to temporarily remove the most common food allergens and inflammatory foods. Once the three-week elimination phase is complete, there is a process for systematically re-challenging one food at a time to determine if food is causing any adverse effects.  

Participants meet weekly with a health coach and Dr. Murray.

In a recent class, participants reported successes including reductions or eliminations of medication, weight loss and relief from various health symptoms.

In total, the group lost 72 pounds and improved their scores on a medical symptoms questionnaire by an average of 32 points. The class provides a sense of community with people helping each other be successful.

Several participants said it was easier to stick to the elimination diet because others were doing it too.   

“Food can either be healthful or harmful to you. It depends to some degree on whether you have food allergies or sensitivities. Anyone can empower themselves to identify their own food sensitivities by doing a comprehensive elimination diet,” says Patricia Murray DO in her new book: “Make a D.E.N.T. in Chronic Disease: Your Guide to Living Pain Free Through Functional Medicine.”

During the class, participants identify foods that help or harm them. They also receive access to a guidebook and five instructional videos.  

In-person classes will be held for five weeks starting on Monday, June 10, from 4-6 p.m. at Discover Health Functional Medicine Center at 24 Pleasant St. in Conway.

The cost is $150 per person; insurance may cover these group visits for some patients.

An online class option is also available starting on Tuesday, June 11, from 4-5 p.m. for $100 per person.

For more information and to register, call (603) 447-3112 or email: info@discoverhealthfmc.com    

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