What is Functional Nutrition?
Functional Nutrition is a model of holistic health care that seeks to identify and correct the root causes of disease using functional lab tests, dietary and lifestyle changes, and natural supplements.
It views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up into medical specialties.
A Functional Nutrition practitioner is a “health detective” who searches for clues to determine the underlying causes of symptoms and disease, instead of managing or masking the symptoms as conventional medicine does.
If you’re sitting on a tack, the answer is not to give you a band-aid or treat the pain. The solution is to find the tack and remove it. Our goal is to find those “tacks” that are causing your body to malfunction and remove them in order to help you reach a state of optimal health.
When we're seeing signs that the body isn't working right - such as fatigue, headaches, and constipation, the first question a Functional Nutrition practitioner will ask is “WHY?”
Although conventional “allopathic” medicine excels at treating trauma and acute illness (broken bones, appendicitis, etc.), medical doctors receive little to no education in nutrition, and are not trained how to use natural therapies to prevent and reverse chronic and stress related illness.
Furthermore, medical doctors use standard lab tests that look for pathology (disease) instead of specialized functional lab tests that look for optimal function.
With conventional medicine, you are either sick (in a state of disease) or you are healthy. Functional Nutrition is ideally suited for those who fall between these two states, that is, those who are suffering from chronic pain and bothersome symptoms but have been told they are "fine" since their standard lab tests are "normal" (they haven't yet progressed to an officially diagnosed disease).
In order to dig deeper and investigate WHERE the body has dysfunction or imbalance, we use advanced functional laboratory tests of blood, saliva, urine, and/or stool. By comparing our client’s assessments with optimal ranges, we are able to pinpoint abnormalities and factors that are contributing to their health problems and identify healing opportunities..
To bring the body back into balance and restore function to all the pathways and systems of the body, we recommend lab-guided, individualized health-building strategies which include drug-free natural protocols such as micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids), enzymes, probiotics, herbs, bio-identical hormones, homeopathics, and therapeutic diets. By using supplements and a nutrient-dense whole foods diet to support and detoxify the body, we give the body the necessary building blocks it needs to repair and heal itself. We work with your primary care physician to give you the full support you need to get back to feeling great!
Functional Lab Testing
By utilizing Functional Lab Testing and implementing a customized diet and lifestyle strategy, you can take control of your health, rebalance function, and support your body. Feeling great is possible again!
Instead of just masking symptoms, we will look at how your body is actually working. It may seem common in our modern world to have symptoms, but that doesn't mean that they are normal; headaches, fatigue, extra weight, joint and muscle pain, digestive problems, foggy thinking, trouble sleeping and skin issues are actually messages from your body that you have an imbalance or dysfunction - these are not just "signs of aging".
Functional Lab Testing provides information in black and white about what is going on within the body. Test, don't guess!
By using functional lab tests and a series of detailed questionnaires, we’ll look at the complete picture. To learn more about a customized program, please fill out and application so we can set up a time to discuss your health on a Free Introductory Call!
Adrenal Stress and Hormone Test
Millions of WOMEN suffer from hormonal imbalances, whether menopause, weight gain, fatigue, low libido, PMS, mood swings, or depression.
Over time, MEN experience a gradual loss of their hormones that are produced in the gonads and adrenal glands. Testosterone and DHEA levels fall and estrogen levels tend to rise. This can create symptoms of weight gain, lower sex drive, depression, hair loss, sleeping troubles, fatigue, and increased prostate cancer risk.
This test is designed to uncover the root cause of your hormone imbalances and get you back to feeling like yourself - energized and vibrant!
Digestion and GI Tract Testing
"All disease begins in the gut" ~Hippocrates, father of modern medicine
Are you struggling with a chronic digestive problem such as gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or abdominal pain? Even symptoms that appear elsewhere in the body can be linked to gut health including skin rashes, eczema, achy joints, brain fog, mood disorders and fatigue.
This test identifies the main sources of GI distress including gut infections, inflammation, poor absorption and food sensitivities.
Thyroid Function Test
Common symptoms of a sluggish thyroid (hypothyroid) include fatigue, hair loss, brain fog, weight gain, feeling cold, dry skin, depression, and muscle/joint aches. But unfortunately, thyroid conditions tend to go undiagnosed for years with conventional testing (which only looks at Thyroid Stimulating Hormone / TSH).
This test provides more of a complete picture and evaluating the pattern can uncover some of the underlying dysfunction that may be related to your thyroid.
- Wheat / Gluten Reactivity and Autoimmunity
- Food Sensitivity
- Organic Acids Test (OAT)
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
- Functional bloodwork interpretation (CBC w/ differential, CMP, lipid panel, and individual nutrient markers)