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What is Functional Nutrition?

Key to the process of improving your health is identifying the root causes of an imbalance.  Nutrition is a critical component of an integrative approach to health.

With a focus on the importance of high quality foods, nutrient diversity and gut health, we can work together to address clinical imbalances and improve your health.  

The result is a personalized intervention created to promote optimal health and prevent diet and lifestyle related diseases.  To find out if working with an Integrative and Functional Dietitian is right for you, schedule a FREE exploratory call and read more about Functional Nutrition from the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Are you a good candidate for Functional Nutrition?   

The answer is a resounding, YES!  Anyone and everyone is an excellent candidate for a functional, root cause approach to healing, managing symptoms, and improving your quality of life.  Some of the reasons people seek out an integrative and functional nutrition approach are because they:

  • have received a diagnosis and wish to maximize their healing and symptom management potential;

  • have symptoms that have been steadily getting worse over time resulting in chronic pain, stiffness and even additional diagnoses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, arthritis, or autoimmune conditions;

  • have been seen by a variety of healthcare practitioners and have not yet been able to identify the root cause of the symptoms through traditional labs or scans;

  • have a recent diagnosis of IBS, Crohns, Celiac Disease, SIBO, chronic constipation or other GI condition with limited, sporadic, or no symptom relief;

  • a history of yeast infections or thrush, constant stuffy nose or allergies;

  • feeling of fatigue, depression, poor memory, concentration or insomnia;

  • have difficulty losing weight and keeping it off.

and the list goes on!

What you can expect

Keep eating your FAVORITE foods in a healthful way that supports your body, inside and out

Keep eating your FAVORITE foods in a healthful way that supports your body, inside and out

INCORPORATE healthy snacks that fit your lifestyle and goals

INCORPORATE healthy snacks that fit your lifestyle and goals

Add NEW colors, textures, flavors with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to support healing

Add NEW colors, textures, flavors with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to support healing

Identify ways to get you MOVING with activities that are kind to your body and nurture your soul

Identify ways to get you MOVING with activities that are kind to your body and nurture your soul

DISCOVER practices that support your spiritual wellbeing, cultivate focus, and rest your mind

DISCOVER practices that support your spiritual wellbeing, cultivate focus, and rest your mind

Spend as much time as you need, in partnership, FOCUSED on regaining your health and improving your quality of life

Spend as much time as you need, in partnership, FOCUSED on regaining your health and improving your quality of life

Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.
— B.K.S. Iyengar
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How is an integrative approach unique?

The functional nutrition assessment offers an organizational approach to support the nutrition-related findings and allows clinical patterns to emerge.  

The assessment improves the identification of insufficiencies and system imbalances by looking at not just a single identifier such as weight, chronic pain or low iron - but looking at patterns of eating, cravings, habits, sleep, stress eating associations - and more -  that can help identify the root cause of the weight, chronic pain or low iron issue.  There is nothing more frustrating than being told to take a supplement or medication without identifying the root cause that necessitated the supplement or medication in the first place.  

Once the underlying root causes are identified, they are prioritized and a functional dietitian works with you to develop a nutrition care plan that focuses on whole foods first, lifestyle modifications, and any supplements or herbal remedies for added support. Additionally, we can work with your healthcare team to identify any labs or follow up needed.

Functional [approach] looks at how the different body systems are interconnected and we dIsassemble the disease process
— Dr. Alex Vasquez