As a clinical nutritionist trained in a functional medicine approach, my philosophy is based on integrative and functional nutrition, which is a cutting-edge evidence based approach that considers each person’s unique biochemical individuality. Functional nutrition focuses on dietary, genetic, environmental, mind, body, soul and lifestyle imbalances that are contributing to individual health problems. Chronic disease is often rooted in nutritional and lifestyle choices that require a nutritional and lifestyle solution.
With the use of high quality whole foods, healthy dietary patterns, targeted supplements and botanicals, appropriate exercise, mind-body techniques, and lifestyle practices, a functional nutritionist will address the root causes of dis-ease and restore balance within the body to promote health, vitality and prevention of illness.
Functional nutrition uses phytonutrient rich foods and herbs to affect the body at a cellular level in a foundational approach. Food is not just calories in calories out, but contains a genetic message in every bite you eat. These food molecules affect how your cells function and how you ultimately feel. This area of study is called nutritional genomics, and it looks at the impact of food, nutrition, stress, and toxins on the expression of our genes and how that impacts our health. Food truly is medicine!
Using my clinical knowledge of nutrition, I take an advanced assessment approach with each client using comprehensive intake questionnaires, functional diagnostic testing, clinical indicators, dietary and nutritional analysis, and a lifestyle review to develop a personalized therapeutic intervention plan that will help you reach your health goals and feel better!
Common conditions supported with functional nutrition:
- Digestive and bowel issues (IBS, IBD, GERD)
- Joint & muscle pain (arthritis, fibromyalgia)
- Insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes
- Headaches, migraines
- Cardiovascular health
- Lipid imbalances (cholesterol, HDL/LDL)
- Hormone imbalances: adrenal, female, male, thyroid
- Female Issues (PMS, perimenopause, menopause, infertility)
- Respiratory and sinus
- Autoimmune diseases
- Weakened immune system (always getting sick)
- Fatigue, anxiety, mood imbalances
- Sleep issues
- Skin conditions
- Preventative health and wellness
Functional nutrition is the future of healthcare.
Note: Functional nutrition doesn’t replace the need for appropriate medical diagnosis and treatment. Nutritionist do not diagnose or treat disease and medical referrals may be recommended to rule out serious conditions before receiving professional guidance in clinical nutrition. Functional nutrition focuses on using nutrition to correct underlying imbalances to restore and maintain health and wellness. Often times a nutritionist will work alongside your primary care physician to find the best plan for you.