Imagine a perfect world where your healthcare providers included a team of qualified practitioners, ranging from medical doctors, nutritionists to acupuncturists and even massage therapists. And imagine they all worked together to create a personalized approach specific to your health needs. With modern diseases on the rise, including mental health disorders, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cancer, cardiovascular disease, many concerned individuals continue to seek out ways to complement the efforts of conventional medical care.
Even within the medical field, a new generation of medical professionals are emerging in the field of Functional Medicine. According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, there is a shift taking place away from the traditional disease-centered focus of practicing medicine to a more patient-centered approach where the object is to address the whole person rather than simply addressing an isolated set of symptoms. FM is personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms which incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease. – [See more at: https://www.functionalmedicine.org/What_is_Functional_Medicine/AboutFM/#sthash.Tw7rnp38.pdf]
Functional Medicine enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health. – See more at: https://www.functionalmedicine.org/What_is_Functional_Medicine/AboutFM/#sthash.Tw7rnp38.pdf
Just as functional medicine is a “systems approach”, functional nutrition is related to the field of functional medicine in that it follows the same principle which says that in order to reverse disease, the whole person must be addressed. Functional nutritionists work alongside physicians and their patients in order to create a true partnership in a client’s path to health in order to bring in the foods that will allow the body to heal and thrive. This way as a team, the doctor, patient and nutritionist, as a collaborative effort, can stop the momentum of disease and delay or even reverse the illness.
Functional Nutrition looks at the foundational way that food affects your body at its most basic cellular level. There is a belief that there is something at the root that is allowing the expression of specific symptoms to manifest. The next step is to look at the internal environment [ for example, what is your blood type, genes, your constitution] to identify what is unique about the person that allows the symptoms to surface. Therefore, a Functional Nutritionist looks at the symptoms and thinks about the root cause of those symptoms. And the root cause is in the body, in the physiology & anatomy influenced by external factors or the environment, which is why it is critical to understand the body. It is then that is possible to identify the foods that are aggravating a person’s body so that those foods can be taken out of the diet to let the body heal.
Food is part of the stimulus, that’s where “what’s going on” are really critical. this is where, we clean up the diet is step 1… bio-physiology, how is it that we’re all each different? what one thing works for one doesn’t work for the other… take what you know about the food and bring it to the individual… why don’t certain foods work, superfoods? for example SIBO, bad bacteria in the large intestine comes up into the small intestine and cannot digest fiber, which is something we all think of as healthy and critical… understanding the internal bio-physiology… 3rd concept- elevating my role in the clients healthcare team, as the nutritionist i do not need to be at the bottom of the tier, be an equal in the healing process to help the client and helping the “team” figure out what’s going..
And that is how [functional nutritionists] are the bridging the gap between what’s going on at the doctor’s office and what ’s going on at home. They help identify the right foods for you, teach you to make better food choices, how to cook those foods to preserve the most nutritional value, how to shop and read food labels and much more.
need our help in the everyday, to understand the systematic approach and how to apply to themselves in the everyday… lens of functional nutrition..
I started to learn about health and nutrition battling my own health issues. For many years, I struggled with debilitating eczema. Doctors and specialists helped me alleviate symptoms short-term but I really wanted to learn what was causing the eczema in the first place. And that’s when I turned to food for answers. Here I was, eating what I thought was the perfect “healthy” diet, eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meats. After learning about an elimination diet to see if my symptoms would improve, in 2010 I finally got answers. I had eliminated for a few weeks all grains and dairy since these are some of the top foods on the list of possible allergens. Shortly after on a trip to Switzerland, I decided to enjoy a bowl of pasta. I remember thinking, what if grains are not the problem and here I am missing out on these delicious foods. Sadly, the next day my symptoms returned with a vengeance. I then realized that my body had a hard time metabolizing grains, in particular gluten-containing wheat. Simply, I had been eating the wrong foods for me. And that’s when I realized there is no one perfect diet for everyone. While some foods can be healing to some, to those same foods can be greatly damaging to others. And that’s when my career in the nutrition field emerged. I wanted to teach others that nutrition is a critical piece to their journey back to heath. We need to create partnerships so that our doctors can be properly supported in their efforts to heal us.
Originally published at: http://rgvisionmagazine.com/6445/