I came to Integrative Family Medicine after years of struggle to find a healthcare provider who would truly listen to my symptoms and create a care plan I was comfortable with. The promise of a Holistic Health Community is exactly what I was looking for.
My first appointment with Sarah felt like I was talking to a friend. I felt seen and heard as I shared my complaints of weight gain, abdominal pain, fatigue and an overall lack of feeling healthy. Sarah took the time to review my previous test results and explain what was happening with my body. She gave me several treatment options including supplement use and vitamin injections which aligned well with my lifestyle and needs. I could not believe it! My pain and struggle was validated; and that felt so good. There was a natural way to work with my body to feel my best.
Sarah started me on a regimen of natural supplements meant to support my body in the ways it truly needed. I felt the immediate physical effects of the injections right away. After several months of supporting my body with the supplements and vitamins it needed, I saw a drastic improvement in my overall physical and mental health. I had more energy to move my body in ways that felt good, my clothes fit better, and the pain I was experiencing was gone.
To take my health to the next step, I tried the Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program. Within the first few days I found creative ways to prepare all kinds of vegetables- sweet potatoes are now my favorite! It seemed to expand my menu, not limit it. The Standard Process shakes were delicious. My favorites were the chocolate and the pumpkin pie recipe provided in the cookbook. The purification not only gave my body the nutrients it needed to heal, but it also gave me a chance to evaluate the foods that made me feel my best and the foods that triggered my symptoms. I also found myself needing less food. My cravings were not as strong. Instead of reaching for a sweet treat, a shake was just what I needed.
I’ve learned so much about how my body works and what it needs thanks to Integrative Family Health and Sarah. They truly embody the idea that health care should be holistic, individualized, and compassionate. I’m grateful to have found such a rare gem in the Des Moines area.