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5 Keys to Success

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So, I have been doing several talks in the community lately.

We LOVE getting out into the community to spread the word about wellness, nutrition, and alternative options in the medical world. I am a Western Medicine trained Physician Assistant.

We are not really taught about the “Alternative”, “Eastern”, and “Functional” medicine practices while in school. If you’ve read the first chapter of my book (Listening to Your Gut available on Amazon), you know that I found the world of Functional Medicine after researching, doing, trying, seeking options outside of prescription medications on my own accord.

After months and months of reading books and researching articles, my path crossed with Dr. Caroline Cederquist and my life was forever changed.

Long story short – I knew Functional Medicine was for me as I had to get the word out to help at least one person… help at least one person to not go through what I went through… help at least one person to heal quicker, to be listened to, and to find other (healthier) answers when they have been told a prescription is their only option.

I wanted to take the time to summarize my…

5 Keys to Success that I try to share to many when I get out into the community.

Gut Health

your gut is your second brain. Even if you do not have “stomach issues” or “problems with any foods”, your gut may still not be as healthy as you think. Our gut is responsible for 95% of the Autoimmune Diseases out there: migraines, eczema, fatigue, arthritis, thyroid disease, IBS, weight gain, muscle loss, poor sleep… and so many more.

We have to look further at our gut health. How? Food Sensitivities, Vitamin levels, Cortisol levels, and deeper investigation of our medical history!

Blood Sugar

even if your doctor has told you that your “fasting blood sugar is normal”, we need to look further at your blood sugar.

We need to look past the one glucose test by checking other markers for blood sugar instability.

Your blood sugar may be the primary cause of your poor sleep, low energy, brain fog, headaches, weight gain, and inflammation. Protein is one of the most important things when it comes to stabilizing your blood sugar levels.

With that said, though, vitamin levels and cortisol levels are also important!

Micronutrients and Vitamin levels

We need to ensure optimal levels of our vitamins to make sure we have healthy cells.

If our gut is not healthy and our blood sugar is irregular throughout the day and night, we likely have vitamin deficiencies. Most of the time, these levels aren’t even checked at your physical exam!! Your Magnesium RBC, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Ferritin, Homocysteine, Cortisol (and sometimes more like a Vitamin A, Folate, blah blah blah) are vital to understanding your overall health and longevity!!

Treat the problems, not just the symptoms people!


Cortisol is a stress hormone. It can be elevated due to outside stressors, but also due to internal stressors like food, vitamin deficiencies, surgeries, viral illnesses, bacterial overgrowth, and candida! Cortisol can cause our blood sugar to be abnormal or abnormal blood sugar can cause the cortisol to rise!

Elevated cortisol levels damage our gut health, affect our hormones, interrupt our sleep, increase hunger and cravings and so much more. We need restful sleep to regenerate healthy cells, but yet we can’t sleep because…. See numbers 1-3.

Go back to the basics. You don’t need that sleeping aid or the hormone replacement – go back to step 1.


we cannot focus on calories. We must focus on the fuel, the gasoline, we are putting into our body… our food… our nutrients. We focus on Macronutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

We must find the right fuel for your body. You can not match your nutrients or calories to someone else.

The proper amounts of protein, carbs, and fats for your body depends on steps 1-4, your body composition, medications, medical history, activity level, goals, and more. It must be individualized from the inside to the outside.


I could go on for hours talking about these keys and the details that go into each lock.

The point is – you need to find the right person that is going to evaluate you completely with personalized testing, deeper testing, evaluating your medical history other than surface level things like the “diagnoses” that you take medications for.

Find the one that is going to investigate and treat the problems.

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Jenni Berman

Jenni Berman

Jenni, owner of Berman Health and Wellness, works alongside Berman Physical Therapy to help individuals get back in shape, improve their gut health, and to stay feeling young so they can stay in the game! After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, she went on to obtain a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies. She has a passion for helping individuals to feel better than they thought imaginable through natural approaches, nutrition, and whole body treatment. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist. When she is not working with patients or with clients, you can find Jenni on the boat, in the sun, enjoying time with her husband, Jake,her daughter Stella June, spending time in Jacksonville with her family, or playing with her [CUTE!] pups!!
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