What is Functional Nutrition?
Most people think of eating salads and vegetables whenever nutrition is mentioned. A functional nutrition practitioner differs from a dietician or nutritionist in the way we approach the subject of nutrition. Yes, meat and fat is ok…. and bacon too!
when (nutrition) diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When (nutrition) diet is correct, medicine is of no need.
Start with food
We start with food, of course, but we do not write meal plans. Instead, we look at how the body is functioning and analyze what may be lacking or keeping you from functioning at your best.
Vitamins and Supplements
We use vitamins, minerals and herbs to supplement where needed. However, not all vitamins are created equal. In fact, it is estimated that 97% of vitamins sold are not vitamins at all. They are chemical isolates. Some people believe vitamins can be created from chemicals and non food items, but vitamins always exist in nature as complexes. We use food based vitamins to ensure you are receiving vitamins in their natural form. This helps not only with absorption but also with function.
The Current Medical Model
The current medical model looks for what is broken. Have you ever gone to see your doctor because you don’t ‘feel well? You don’t feel like yourself or you are just feeling worn out? The doctor may run a blood test, do an exam, and say “you are fine, there is nothing wrong” or worse, he/she may put you on anti depressants for your symptoms and say the labs don’t show anything, it must be in your head! True health is about balance. Maintaining balance to avoid disease.
I'm Healthy and Have Nothing Wrong
The way we work in functional nutrition, Chinese medicine or holistic medicine, is to look at your body as a whole. We are not looking for what is “broken” we are looking at function. Long before there is illness or disease, there is loss of function.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The old adage about prevention fits well here. Lets take for example, acid reflux. No big deal right? In many cases of acid reflux, the problem feels like there is too much acid, but may actually be from too little. So when you take an antacid, you do feel better, but it weakens the acid further. This will interfere with the way you digest food, absorb minerals, B12, and protect against pathogens. To complicate it further, it may change the pH of the intestines as well, which will then change the microbiota and the ability to break down food. This has a cascading effect and can lead to many disorders such as weight gain, Pernicious anemia (B12 Deficiency), constipation, diarrhea, IBS, thyroid dysfunction, sugar cravings, insomnia, etc…
Its all connected.....
We look at the way your body functions and add support where needed. The same way you might make adjustments in driving down the road. you don’t wait until you are in the ditch to adjust, why would you wait until you are sick to adjust and address your body’s needs?
How is it Done?
Sometimes we use blood tests. More often than not though, we use a questionnaire and do a comprehensive intake to get a complete picture of what you are experiencing. It takes more time, but it gives us a better understanding of your needs. Its non invasive, cost effective and takes into account what you are personally experiencing rather than what the lab says you are experiencing.
What Does My Heart Have to do With My Digestion?
We also use a piece of equipment called the HSR to measure rate, rhythm and tone of your heart. This can give us further insight about how your body is functioning and how well it is meeting its nutritional needs.
Are you ready to hear what your body has been trying to tell you? Give us a call to set up a time to see what we can do for you. 907-745-2222