What is Functional Nutrition?
Functional nutrition aims to uncover why the body is not functioning properly. The focus is on finding the underlying cause and not just treating symptoms that are affecting your health. A functional nutrition expert is like a detective following clues. We will look at past history, traumas, medical history, current environment, toxic exposures, social life, stressors, diet, exercise, sleep and so on.
We then create your individualized treatment plan which focuses on getting to the cause of your symptoms, such as:
- repairing healthy gut flora and digestive function;
- supporting detoxification processes;
- repairing immune function and treating inflammation
- replenishing nutrient deficiencies
- rebalancing and supporting hormones
To accomplish these goals, the Functional Nutrition approach integrates nutrition, botanical medicines, supplements, detoxification programs, stress-management techniques and exercise, among others. When necessary referrals are made to the proper medical specialist for evaluation and treatment. Interdisciplinary cooperation is important.
We can work together with your primary care doctor, internist, gynecologist or specialist to design an individualized health program that includes their treatment with our recommendations for diet, nutrition, functional testing, and stress reduction. In addition to our expertise treating complex chronic illnesses and managing people with a wide range of diagnoses, as consultants in Preventive Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine, our services are added value for keeping you healthy as you grow older and by uncovering core imbalances and lifestyle factors that may be interfering with your health right now!
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