Christopher Keroack, MD, IFMCP
As a functional medicine physician, I know that optimal health and balanced living is a realistic goal for every human being at every stage of life. Because of this, I am dedicated to assisting my patients in reaching their full potential in order to pursue life to the fullest. I help guide patients through foundational and personalized approaches to health that focus on dietary guidelines, activity regimens, stress management and sleep management that are specifically designed for each patient. Each personalized health and wellness plan takes into account the five foundational imbalances: Nutrition, Metabolism, Inflammation, Detoxification and Oxidation.
Dr. Keroack is board certified in both internal medicine and functional medicine. He received his formal education from Amherst College (BA), Springfield College (MS) and Tufts University School of Medicine (MD). In addition to his formal training, he has obtained certifications in Functional Medicine, Age Management Medicine, Naturopathic and Integrative Medicine from the Institute of Functional Medicine as well as The Cenegenics Education and Research Foundation for Age Management Medicine. He has spoken both nationally and internationally on weight loss, nutrition, fitness and functional medicine. His combination of experience and training has enabled him to develop a comprehensive and complete approach to optimizing health, wellness and vitality.
Dr. Keroack believes so strongly in this medical approach to balance and well being that he authored CHANGING DIRECTIONS: Navigating the Path to Optimal Health and Balanced Living, a pioneering work that blends traditional medicine and alternative medicine into the perfect balance of caring and healing that is his signature approach to healthcare. If you have realized it’s time for a change―a change affecting your health and vitality as a human being―then you need to get a copy of Dr. Keroack’s book. You have taken those critical first steps in identifying the need for a change and Christopher Keroack, MD, is here to assist you on your journey to optimal health. Learn how to achieve wellness from the inside out in CHANGING DIRECTIONS. Within the pages of this book you will learn to: Understand the balance of key factors related to foundational health, navigate the world of nutrition and supplements plan meals that improve health, improve eating habits and digestion reduce stress and improve sleep. Dr. Keroack provides the information you need to begin the transition to a healthier, happier you. Now, it is up to you to turn around . . . and CHANGE DIRECTIONS.
Modifiable Personal Lifestyle Factors
- Sleep and Relaxation: One of my priorities is a good and full nights sleep. I aim for 8-9 hours a night. I know I miss out on some opportunities, but I am always happiest when I am rested and have the energy to face the challenges of the day.
- Exercise and Movement: On the weekdays, while other people are breaking for lunch, I head to the gym. I perform a variable and changing routine to make sure that my body is exposed to all different types of exercise. I enjoy a combination of powerlifting, CrossFit style, interval, bodybuilding and athletic training in the gym. In the evenings and weekends, I get outside and move, whether it is backyard fun, seasonal sports, or just a walk on the riverfront. I make time to fit it in.
- Nutrition: After learning the functional medicine approach to nutrition, I applied several of the techniques to get my best health. Currently I use a variety of methods and cycle them through my week. I mostly follow a gluten free Mediterranean Food Plan with periods of Modified Ketogenic Food Plans combined with Intermittent Fasting. I also make time and space for indulgent meals, but I plan my day around them and get back on my food plan right afterwards.
- Stress Management: Everyone’s life has some stress in it, and mine is no exception. My biggest stress management technique is knowing I do not control everything…that God is big and I am small…this helps me rely on grace and gratitude at all times. Another method for stress management is mindfulness, knowing that all I have is right now. This keeps me in the present and in the moment so I can handle as well as enjoy every aspect of my life knowing that, both good and bad, it was specifically designed for me.
- Relationships and Community: It takes a village to raise a child and we know that we become like the people we spend the most time around. For that reason, I am very careful whom I let into my village. I strive to make connections at the Emotional and Spiritual level and feel my best when I connect with my family, close friends and inspirational leaders. I also know that if I spend too much time on social media or around negative influences, I need time alone in order to reconnect and recharge with my community for optimal health.