Mitochondria are structures inside the cell that use oxygen and nutrients to produce energy. They are often called the “powerhouse” of the cell. Cells that require high levels of energy, like those in the brain, heart, nerves, and muscles, have higher concentrations of mitochondria than other cells. 

When our mitochondria are damaged and functioning poorly, we may experience symptoms like pain, fatigue, and brain fog. Mitochondrial dysfunction has also been associated with diabetes, premature aging, and various neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; often called Lou Gehrig’s disease). 

Mitochondria can be damaged by lifestyle factors: poor diet, high stress elves, toxin exposure, and inflammation. Mitochondrial dysfunction can be prevented or even reversed by lifestyle factors, as well: eating adequate protein and high-quality fats, consuming protective enzymes and antioxidants, maintaining stable blood sugar, reducing toxin exposure, and choosing more plant foods.

The Mito Keto Food Plan is a fundamental tool used in functional medicine. This plan is different from mainstream keto and includes lean protein sources, high vegetable intake, and a moderately low carbohydrate intake. By focusing on determining the right quantity of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and phytonutrients to support healthy mitochondrial function, this food plan helps reinforce proper cellular energy production, balance blood sugar, and decrease inflammation in the body.

The Mito Keto Food Plan Features:

  • Protective antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory nutrients
  • Therapeutic foods
  • Quality dietary fats
  • Low glycemic foods
  • Reduced carbohydrate intake
  • Intermittent fasting

Mito Keto Shared Medical Visit

For patients who are interested in the Mito Keto Food Plan, we offer an Mito Keto Shared Medical Visit. During this foundational class, you will learn practical steps for optimizing your diet and lifestyle to best support mitochondrial health. 

This class is a great option for patients who experience fatigue, brain fog, memory loss or cognitive decline, and insulin resistance.

What to Expect During This Shared Medical Visit

This hour-long shared medical visit with a functional nutritionist and other FMI patients will cover:

  • How to support healthy mitochondrial function
  • Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor and how to increase its production
  • Common myths associated with keto food plans
  • How to get started on a Mito Keto Food Plan + meal examples
  • Meal timing + tips on how to choose your calories

You will be given a Mito Keto Food Plan Guide that includes:

  • A list of therapeutic, anti-inflammatory, low glycemic foods to include in your diet
  • A list of foods to limit or avoid
  • Food substitution tips to manage cravings
  • A weekly food planner + recipes

Scheduling

The Elimination Shared Medical Visit is offered in our Meridian Wellness Clinic every week:

  • Every other Tuesday at 4:00pm

Call our office at (208) 385-7711 to join an upcoming shared medical visit.

Billing Information

Our in-network patients pay a copay for the Mito Keto Shared Medical Visit, and their insurance will be billed.

For out-of-network patients, we offer a 15% cash-pay discount for this shared medical visit. We accept all HSA and FSA cards as a form of payment, and can provide you with a detailed receipt to submit directly to your insurance for reimbursement.

Shared Medical Visit FAQs

What is a shared medical visit?

Shared medical visits (SMVs) are hour-long sessions where patients are seen by a provider, nutritionist, or health coach in an educational, interactive, group setting. This improves patient access to care and educational resources, and has been linked to better patient outcomes. 

How many people will be in my shared medical visit?

Shared medical visits can vary in size, but no more than 10 new patients will be in a session.

May I bring my spouse, kids, or friends to a shared medical visit?

Shared medical visits are group medical experiences designed specifically for functional medicine patients. All FMI patients are welcome to register for shared medical visits, but only patients who have registered will be admitted into the visit. Non-patients or patients who have not registered for this visit will not be allowed to attend.

Please do not share the Zoom link for any virtual shared medical visits. Every registered patient will receive an email directly with the Zoom link for the visit.

When does my insurance get billed?

Each visit will be billed to your insurance directly after you’ve completed it.

If you are a current patient and would like to sign-up for this Shared Medical Visit, please call our office at (208) 385-7711 or email us at patientcare@funmedidaho.com.