What is Functional Nutrition?

Functional Nutrition is based upon the foundational way that food and fundamental underlying factors affect your mind and body. These include:

     Environment: your current diet, quality of food available to you, level of physical exercise, air and water quality and any toxin exposure.

     Mind-Body Elements: psychological, spiritual and social factors all can have a profound influence on your health. Your health is viewed in the context of you as a whole person, not just in terms of an isolated set of symptoms. 

     Genetic Makeup: while your genes and family history may make you more susceptible for some diseases, your DNA is not an unchanging blueprint for your life. Emerging research shows that your genes may be influenced by your environment as well as your experiences, attitudes and beliefs. You may be able to change the way your genes are activated and expressed.

By appreciating any underlying causes and triggers for imbalances, your functional dietitian is able to appreciate how your body’s biological systems are affected. The function of these systems directly impacts your health. Some occur at the cellular level while others are related to larger physiological functions, including:

  • Digestion and absorption of nutrients and the health of your digestive tract
  • Immune system function
  • How you produce energy
  • How your body rids itself of waste and toxins
  • Regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters
  • Inflammatory responses
  • Structural integrity
  • Psychological and spiritual balance

Most imbalances can be addressed. Some are able to completely restore optimal health and others can be substantially improved. 

  • Prevention is key. 
  • Each system in the body requires key nutrients. Improving how your body’s systems function can have a major impact on your health. 
  • A functional approach expands the tool kit and personalizes the approach. Solutions may include therapeutic foods, nutritional supplements, mind-body practices, or lifestyle strategies.

The Functional Medicine Tree is a visual that helps to explain these concepts. The leaves and branches represent symptoms and diagnosed health conditions. A functional approach moves deeper into the trunk of the tree to which systems are out of balance and causing the symptoms of chronic disease. This perspective empowers you to design a wellness plan that is rooted in simple, yet powerful lifestyle strategies to restore balance and optimize health.

Individual Functional Nutrition Consultations

“Food is so much more than calories. Each bite provides information for well-being.”

Our functional dietitian will spend time with you, listening to your history and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence your health. In addition to learning your story, your functional dietitian will ask about your mental well-being, emotional health and social factors. Considering these areas helps your practitioner see your health in the context of you as a whole person. Through a therapeutic partnership, you will collaboratively design your wellness plan that may incorporate therapeutic foods, select nutritional supplements, mindfulness practices and various lifestyle strategies.

Private, one-on-one appointments with our Functional Nutritionist are available and can be scheduled via email or phone. Click Here to email (kplessel@healthwisestudio.com) our Functional Nutritionist about a private appointment or call 651-846-9095. 

  • 30-Minute Individual Session: $65
  • 60-Minute Individual Session: $130
  • 90-Minute Family/Couple Session: $200
 

Functional Nutrition Welcome Letter

Authorization for the Release of Information

Nutrition Questionnaire

Notice of Privacy Practices

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Food is so much more than calories. Each bite provides information for well-being.

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