"Eat Happy, Be Healthy!" - Selva W.
Integrative & Functional Nutrition Therapy
Looking at clinical nutrition from a functional perspective encourages the practitioner to assess the whole person, not just isolated symptoms. By listening to patients, and learning their entire health history including environmental, social, and genetic interactions, functional medicine practitioners can identify multiple factors that may be influencing long term health goals and chronic disease. Core systems that are evaluated include digestion and absorption, detoxification, energy production, and hormonal balance. Taking the time to have a patient centered approach allows the caregiver to uncover the unique needs of the individual. Furthermore, integrative nutrition, understands that BODY, MIND, and SPIRIT are all interconnected, and that all need to be in balance for optimal health. With this understanding integrative nutritionists also incorporate lifestyle approaches to support dietary recommendations, and provide referrals to other specialists such as acupuncturists, physical therapists, naturopaths, doctors, counselors, etc to provide comprehensive care.