Functional nutrition is not a one-size-fits-all discipline. We are all unique, with our own genetic make-up, health history, lifestyle and emotional profile. Therefore, we each require a customized approach to achieve and sustain optimal wellness.
Functional nutrition prescriptions are based on an individual’s goals, overall health, nutrient status, and lifestyle. Weight loss and energy improvement are often primary objectives of a functional nutrition plan. Other possible goals may include increasing the overall nutrient content of the diet by learning how to incorporate food in a more balanced way.
Functional diet prescriptions can be recommended as a long-term lifestyle adjustment or a short-term plan to help support healing. For example, a patient suffering from an exacerbation of IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) would require an extremely low fiber diet for a period of time to allow the digestive system to heal, followed by a higher fiber whole food diet to sustain healthy GI function. In another case, a patient with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) must avoid specific fermentable foods that could further feed the overgrowth of bacteria in order to overcome the imbalance.
Food choices are a foundational aspect of overall health and deserve the individualized attention required to best create & implement a dietary plan that serves your unique needs.
Examples of Functional Nutrition Prescriptions:
- Intermittent Fasting
- Low FODMAP
- Paleo Diet
- Clean Gut
- Detox Plans
- Elimination Diets
- Low Oxalate Diet
- Low Residue Diet