What distinguishes a Functional Nutrition Practitioner from other nutrition professionals? The Institute for Functional Medicine provides the following:
The Functional Nutrition Assessment offers an ABCD organizational approach to support our efforts to understand your health history, and it allows for nutrition-related findings and clinical patterns to emerge. From the medical history, physical and laboratory exams, and a diet and lifestyle review, the Functional Nutrition Assessment improves the identification of insufficiency’s/imbalances through the PFC-MVP model; representing Protein, Fat/ Oils, Carbohydrates, Minerals, Vitamins, and Phytonutrients (otherwise known as the nutrients in plants that allow them to protect themselves in their natural environment). Additionally, assessment of your genetic make-up can set a much stronger foundation for a more effective intervention unique to your needs.
Anthropometrics help to identify altered body composition patterns and abnormal vital signs.
BioMarkers and functional laboratory findings uncover PFC-MVP nutrition insufficiencies (i.e. vitamin / mineral / fat / protein) and symptoms linked to health imbalances. We work with you to identify best herbal / supplement interventions to move your body back into optimal wellness based on these biomarkers.
Clinical Indicators from the physical exam identify signs related to nutrition abnormalities that can be further explored through laboratory and functional assessments.
Diet, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Journals explore daily or weekly food intake, PFC-MVP assessment, patterns of eating, cravings and habitual foods, and stress eating associations. We provide you with therapeutic meal plans and menu and recipe planning tips unique to your needs.
The 5 R Framework for Gut Restoration
A properly functioning digestive system is critical to good health. In fact, problems with the gastrointestinal (GI) tract can cause more than just stomach aches, gas and bloating or diarrhea. GI issues may underlie chronic health problems that seem unrelated to digestive health, including autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes, skin problems such as eczema and acne rosacea, mood disorders, and heart disease (just to name a few). In addition, digestive problems can lead to celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, food intolerances, or irritable bowel syndrome. So in the bigger picture, how can we deal with all that can go wrong “down there”? In Functional Nutrition we use a program that goes by the simple acronym of the ‘5Rs’: remove, replace, reinoculate, repair, and rebalance. When applied to various chronic health issues, the 5R program can lead to dramatic improvement in symptoms, and sometimes even complete resolution. The elements of the 5R program are described following.
1. Remove: Remove stressors: get rid of things that negatively affect the environment of the GI tract.
2. Replace: Replace digestive secretions: add back things like digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, and bile acids that are required for proper digestion.
3. Reinoculate: Help beneficial bacteria flourish by ingesting probiotic foods or supplements that contain the “good” GI bacteria, and by consuming the high soluble fiber foods that good bugs like to eat, called prebiotics.
4. Repair: Help the lining of the GI tract repair itself by supplying key nutrients that can often be in short supply in a compromised gut.
5. Rebalance: It is important to pay attention to lifestyle choices. Sleep, exercise, and stress can all affect the GI tract. Balancing those activities is important to an optimal digestive tract.
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Functional Laboratory Work
Laboratory needs will depend on each patients case. We are proud to offer the latest innovative research in laboratory analysis including Organic Acid testing of urine, GI Map testing of stool, ELISA/ACT Lymphocyte Response Assay, DNA Testing, Adrenal Stress Index testing of Saliva, Hair Analysis for Heavy Metals, Spectracell testing of intracellular micronutrient status, and more. Additionally, we are trained in analyzing standard CBC, CMP, and Lipid Panels obtained as a part of your annual physical check up, however we go through this lab work with much more of a fine toothed comb to better help you understand where improvements can be made to support subtle shifts toward greater health. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn about what specific assessments you could benefit from.
NUTRITIONAL Therapy FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Nutrient imbalances play a vital role in the cause and maintenance of substance use and mental health disorders including Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, etc. Amino Acid Therapy, or neurotransmitter precursor therapy, offers a holistic approach to mental health by restoring this imbalance. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and are broken down into this form during the digestion and assimilation process. They are the building blocks for neurotransmitters in our brains and a plethora of enzymes that support various chemical reactions in the body. Amino Acid Therapy involves specifically tailored supplementation of amino acids in doses that support the optimal production of neurotransmitters associated with balanced mood. Restoration of optimal nutrient status, digestive function, and inflammatory markers will also support the brain with the necessary building blocks required for your brain to produce neurotransmitters. As always, restoring health through nutrition requires a lot more than a few capsules daily. We’ll tailor an “anti-anxiety” or “anti-depressive” diet that supports an improved mood and better brain functioning.
We take a whole foods based approach to optimizing performance in our athletes. We work to supply the body with the nutrients that it needs to fuel athletic performance across all sports, whether they be endurance, action, or power sports. Through personality assessment and functional lab testing, we tailor a program in a way that will ensure the greatest success and peak performance when it counts. Our philosophy when it comes to working with athletes is rooted in Sport Performance Enhancement through Biochemical Individuality and Nutrigenomics – The New Frontier of sports nutrition. We recommend that you work with us for roughly six months prior to a competitive season in order to ensure restored levels of micronutrients, optimal metabolic function, and sufficient antioxidant status. Supplement and dietary protocols will be adjusted pre-season, in-season, and post-season to support the body with its varied needs during each period.