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Nutrition, Health, Food
There is an emerging new specialty within the field of nutrition called Functional Nutrition. Similar to Functional Medicine, a practitioner of holistic functional nutrition addresses the underlying or root causes of dysfunction in the body and seeks to restore balance from within.
Functional Nutrition takes into consideration the complex interaction between nutrition, environmental and lifestyle factors, genetics, and their effect on your health. A holistic functional nutritionist acknowledges and respects the unique biochemistry of every individual. As such, each client protocol is customized to the unique needs of the individual.
To determine a client’s particular needs, the functional nutritionist will conduct a Comprehensive Health/Nutrition Assessment – an in-depth review of their Goals & Health Objectives, Health History, and Diet & Lifestyle. If beneficial and appropriate, the nutritionist may suggest additional functional/diagnostic laboratory testing. An example of this is a Micronutrient Panel. This lab measures and evaluates the levels of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, metabolites, and antioxidants in the body. It also assesses carbohydrate metabolism and immune system/antioxidant function. Functional laboratory testing such as this helps to further customize and fine-tune the client’s nutritional and supplement recommendations.
The heart of Functional Nutrition is a client-centered, collaborative partnership of practitioner with you. The nutrition practitioner is there to educate and empower the client take ownership of their health and find restoration and healing.
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