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What is a Functional Nutritionist?

Functional Nutritionists hold graduate degrees in functional nutrition and are highly trained in science-based advanced medical nutrition therapy, biochemistry, counseling, education and research.  Our nutritionist is also board certified and state licensed.  

Functional nutrition is an important component of functional medicine. It utilizes food as natural medicine to help restore balance to the body, correct nutrient deficiencies, heal the gut, and so much more. By definition, functional nutrition is the practice of considering every aspect of human health, diet, and overall lifestyle when offering bio-individualized nutrition recommendations. The most significant difference between function and conventional nutrition is personalization. In functional nutrition, we focused on the needs of the individual client. There are no generic meal plans; everything is catered to the individual.

 

We understand that your symptoms are your body's way of communicating when there are imbalances that could impact your health.

Functional Nutrition helps you understand how certain foods can cause dysfunction. The dysfunctions can be due to digestion issues, nutrient absorption, or how your body eliminates waste.

Your symptoms are the clues to helping you discover the root cause of illness in your body. We are here to help you discover a healthier lifestyle through a thorough nutritional evaluation with our functional medicine providers. 

Who can benefit from a Functional Nutritionist?

Many people can benefit from working with a Functional Nutritionist, for a variety of reasons. Whether you need a total overhaul of your diet, or you are looking to better manage a medical condition, our qualified Functional Nutritionists can help. Our team works to improve many conditions:

  • Heart disease

  • Hypertension

  • High cholesterol

  • High triglycerides

  • Diabetes and pre-diabetes

  • Allergies

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Irritable bowel disease (IBD)

  • Obesity/overweight

  • Autoimmune disease

  • Cancer

  • Eczema

  • Anxiety/depression

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Menopause

  • Hormone imbalance

  • Estrogen dominance

  • Gut dysbiosis

  • Gut infection

  • Leaky gut

  • Hashimoto’s

  • Hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism

Advanced Functional Testing

Our team is dedicated to bringing you the latest and greatest when it comes to advanced functional testing. We currently offer the gold standard of stool testing, micronutrient testing, and organic acids testing. See below for more details.

 

Stool Testing 

Based on your stool results, Our functional nutritionist and provider will develop a personalized treatment plan so you can begin your journey to feeling better, once and for all. Your GI tract is home to an entire ecosystem of microorganisms living in a symbiotic relationship with you, their host. Collectively, these microorganisms are known as the ‘gut microbiome’. These microorganisms are essential for life and health. They are responsible for many important bodily functions including vitamin synthesis, hormone production, immune system regulation, and communication with the neurological systems of the body. More than ever before, medical research has established a link between health benefits or disease risks brought about by these microorganisms that inhabit the human body.

The results of your GI-MAP stool test will be interpreted by your  Functional Nutritionist who will work side by side with you to create a personalized treatment protocol that may include dietary and lifestyle changes, targeted supplementation, and potentially prescribed medications if necessary. The goal of the treatment plan will be to address any gut dysfunction present based on gut infections or imbalances.

Micronutrient Testing 

Virtually all metabolic and developmental processes that take place in the body require micronutrients, and strong evidence suggests that subtle vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant deficiencies can contribute to degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Evaluating micronutrient status can therefore be the first step in identifying metabolic inadequacies while shedding light on the possible underlying causes of complex chronic conditions.

Micronutrient tests provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available by measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level. It is an assessment of how well the body utilizes  vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites, while conveying the body’s need for these micronutrients that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and good health. Repletion recommendations are made based on need.

Organic Acids Testing 

The Organic Acids Test (OAT) provides information about the body’s biochemical balance by measuring metabolic byproducts in urine. Metabolites, including creatinine, detected in the OAT can indicate vitamin and hormone metabolism, energy cycle function, intestinal wall integrity, neurotransmitter metabolites, and muscle function. Our Organic Acids Test also includes exclusive markers for HPHPA and oxalates. Specimens from individuals with a chronic illness, allergic condition, or neurological disorder often have one or more abnormal organic acids. Some organic compounds are produced by an overgrowth of gastrointestinal yeast or bacterial species due to impaired immune function, exposure to broad-spectrum antibiotics, or high consumption of simple carbohydrates. The OAT reliably detects the overgrowth of yeast and bacteria species commonly missed by conventional culture methods. These organisms and their metabolites can produce or magnify symptoms of many medical conditions. Identification of yeast or bacterial overgrowth paired with successful treatment increases the chance of recovery. The OAT includes markers for Krebs Cycle abnormalities, neurotransmitter levels, nutritional deficiencies, antioxidant deficiencies, yeast and Clostridia overgrowth, fatty acid metabolism, oxalate levels, and more.

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