What is Functional Nutrition?

There has been a continuous pursuit for wellness over the last few years. With the growing number of diseases killing people from around the world, the need for more than just the conventional forms of treatment has intensified in the hopes of giving a better quality of life to people who suffer from different medical conditions.

Functional Nutrition

In 1991, the practice of functional medicine was introduced to the world. The concept of taking a more personal approach to treating a disease by considering factors like lifestyle and genetics is now a growing trend in healthcare, as it offers an opportunity for patients to enjoy a more individualized care that will not only allow them to recover from their chronic conditions but also live a healthier life.

How can functional nutrition help?

Functional medicine was designed to look into an individual’s health condition and not treat him as any other individual experiencing the same symptoms. The proponents of this practice believe that every person is unique and he should be treated as such. He has his own unique set of health history, lifestyle and genetic makeup, which means that his treatment plan shouldn’t follow what everyone else is getting.

To achieve this goal, functional medicine takes on a holistic approach and one of its cornerstones is functional nutrition. The practice is basically built around the premise that food should be used as a natural medicine to heal the gut, address nutrient deficiencies and restore balance in the body.

What are the benefits of functional nutrition?

Functional nutrition doesn’t just recommend a diet plan, but it looks at an individual’s specific needs to be able to get the best results for his or her treatment. This is the biggest difference between conventional nutrition and functional nutrition where patients can enjoy benefits like:

An individualized experience

Unlike conventional nutrition, functional nutrition is all about the patient’s needs and not just the disease. A functional nutrition practitioner looks at a patient’s individual laboratory results, lifestyle history, health patterns and even genetics so he can create a personalized nutritional plan that’s specific to his needs.

With functional nutrition, you’ll never see generic handouts and nutritional plans because every individual is treated uniquely as his own.

A holistic approach

While functional nutrition is focused mainly on food as medicine, it doesn’t dismiss the importance of other factors such as the environment, sleep and stress that contributes to a patient’s disease. Functional nutrition practitioners understand that complete health goes beyond what a person eats, so they take a holistic approach in giving treatment plans to patients.

Aside from creating a personalized meal plan to promote better health, a functional nutrition practitioner could also recommend foods and nutritional supplements in combination with a stress management routine to help address the issue of stress, which is a major causative factor for a lot of medical conditions.

A focus on food as medicine

Food has always been the most natural form of medication, but it’s also one of the most underutilized treatment options. Functional nutrition aims to regain the significance of food as part of healing by using it as a natural medicine.

After assessing a patient’s needs, a functional nutrition practitioner creates a diet rich in specific fruits, vegetables and other nutrient-rich foods that target the root cause of his or her medical condition.

It’s also very important for functional nutrition practitioners to help a patient eliminate food sensitivities that could be contributing to his disease.

A lot of patients who have tried functional nutrition as part of their treatment plan have reported a huge improvement to their conditions after a month or two of removing food sensitivities and focusing on foods that are specific to their needs.

How can we help?

Functional Medicine Group members have always been committed to giving their patients the best results from their treatment. Our member of experienced functional nutrition pharmacist practitioners specializes in treating health problems that include:

  • Arthritis
  • Athletic performance
  • Brain health
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Cancer prevention and support
  • Detoxification imbalances
  • Diabetes/metabolic syndrome
  • Digestive disorders including colitis, reflux and Crohn’s disease
  • Environmental and food allergies
  • Healthy aging
  • Healthy weight and metabolism
  • Heart and cardiovascular support
  • Osteoporosis
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Sleep/insomnia

Our growing community of functional medicine pharmacist practitioners continues to improve the level of care that we provide to our patients, as we work on making functional medicine a recognized medical practice around the world.

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