What Exactly Is Functional Nutritional Therapy?
"It's more important to understand the imbalances in your body's basic systems and restore balance, rather than name the disease and match the pill to the ill."
- Dr. Mark Hyman
Functional nutritional therapy is a holistic approach to health that is based on a nutrient-dense, whole foods diet PLUS optimizing five critical foundations – digestion, blood sugar regulation, essential fatty acid balance, mineral balance, and hydration. It is a customized approach that takes into account YOUR unique bio-individuality - including genetics, health history, metabolism, stage of life and activity level.
Recommendations may include a personalized food plan, targeted supplementation protocol, and movement, sleep and stress management suggestions to help you reach your health goals. But YOU are always in charge and we embrace PROGRESS over perfection!
Unlike conventional medicine which tends toward symptom management and "band-aid" fixes, the goal of functional nutritional therapy is to address the ROOT CAUSE of your ailments and bring your body back into balance. We will address your symptoms and concerns holistically, not as affecting unrelated body parts. It is remarkable the changes that can take place when deficiencies are corrected, excesses are reduced, toxins are eliminated and balance is restored!
Hallmarks of Functional Nutrition
Root cause: seeks to uncover WHY symptoms are occurring
Bio-individuality: personalized plan for each individual
Holistic: whole person oriented
Evidence-based: ancestral wisdom coupled with modern research
Innate intelligence: listen to the body and allow it to heal itself
Food first approach: nutrient-dense, whole foods diet
Integration of complementary lifestyle factors: movement, sleep/relaxation, stress management
"When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need."
- Ayurvedic Proverb