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How The Nutrition Effect Can Help You
No matter if you want to lose weight, struggle with digestive issues or low energy, have autoimmune conditions such as hashimotos, celiac disease, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, other chronic diseases (cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, elevated cortisol, etc.), suffer from sleep issues, or simply not feeling right, I can support you and help you feel better. In addition to improving your overall health and wellbeing, I specialize in women’s health issues, nutrigenomics and offer HeartMath training, a tool that can effectively reduce stress, anxiety and depression that are so common in our world today.
I strongly believe in the functional medicine approach, i.e., finding the root cause the root cause of a particular disease or problem as a way to heal ourselves or prevent the development of a chronic illness. It is essential to realize and understand that symptoms are not the problem, but what´s showing up on the surface. Patching those with a band-aid won´t give you a sustainable relief. Using a structured approach, we will dig deep to find the real drivers. In the majority of cases, the root cause lies in the gut.
You are unique! Each of us is. Your body needs a different diet than your best friend. And it will also change over time. It is driven by things like your genetics, where you currently live, how you grew up, and even how your mother ate during pregnancy. Moreover, what your body needs will also change over time. Developing an individual plan that is precisely right for you - and only you - will help you feel better often within a short period.
Your body signals: Our body tells us continuously what it needs, such as resting instead of working out, increasing healthy carbs during certain times, or even avoiding raw vegetables. Things that are generally considered healthy, might not be the right choice for you at this specific moment. Unfortunately, most of us have unlearned this innate instinct we had as small children. Listening to your body will make it so much easier to pick the right choices. Every day. Long term.
Ditching sugar or dairy is not easy for some. Having a support network is very important during these sometimes-challenging times. Change is hard and needs to be acknowledged! Having a spouse or a close friend who is supporting you and holding you accountable on your journey is very important and makes it easier to reach your health goals.
Education, Credentials & Accreditations:
Inspired by my journey back to health, I decided to make a career change. I enrolled in the Master of Science program in Nutrition and Integrative Health to be able to help others that are stuck in similar situations. Being a Doctor of Veterinary medicine in my previous career has helped me significantly to understand the underlying human biochemical and physiological mechanisms as well as high-quality research outcomes that I consider as fundamentals. I see myself as a life-long learner and continuously enroll in advanced training to make sure I am up to date in this innovative field. Therefore, the list below only highlights the most significant credentials related to functional nutrition.
• Master of Science Nutrition and Integrative Health Maryland University of Integrative Health (accredited by the Accreditation Council for Nutrition Professional Education / ACNPE)
• Certified HeartMath Practitioner
Member Institute of Functional Medicine
• Member American College of Nutrition
Functional Medicine & Nutrition
The term functional nutrition is actually a component of a concept known as functional medicine. Instead of treating individual diseases, functional medicine looks to heal the underlying root causespresent in the body that contributes to each condition or problem.
The Main Characteristics of Functional Medicine:
It is patient-centered rather than disease-centered, with the goal to promote health. It treats the patient, not the disease. Treatments are highly individualized based on patient needs whereas conventional medicine treats the disease, not the patient. Patients with the same disease get the same treatment, regardless of their differences.
It treats the root cause allowing sustainable long-term health, instead of treating symptoms for temporary relief.
It looks for imbalances within the biological systems and seeks correlations between those and patient’s symptoms to help pinpoint underlying causes.
It promotes lifestyle changes (related to sleep, stress, exercise, social interactions, and nutrition) for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.
It creates a therapeutic (participatory) partnership between practitioner and patient: the patient is respected, empowered, educated, and encouraged to play an active role in the healing process to allow long term and sustainable success.
What is Functional Nutrition?
Although functional nutrition and medicine do have the same goals, principles and are overlapping in many aspects, functional nutrition takes it even one step further. Functional nutrition highlights ways that food is a fundamental component of health and the cause of many physical problems. Dr. Mark Hyman, the chairman of the Institute of Functional Medicine, defines functional nutrition as a concept that “emphasizes the importance of high-quality foods and phytonutrient diversity to address clinical imbalances and move people to the highest expression of health.”
Functional nutrition focuses on the whole person (client-centered, considering mind, body, and spirit) and the root cause of the issue as opposed to a conventional nutrition approach, which generally recommends the same diet for the same disease.
The key to the success of functional nutrition is that it lets you treat food as medicine to set your body up for better health. By realigning your relationship with food, you can shift your entire paradigm on eating allowing you to make healthy choices and fully understand that every aspect of your physical and emotional life is interconnected.
Whole systems thinking is gaining traction in the medical world, and the trend shows little sign of slowing down. Functional nutrition provides answers to some of the most significant health problems today, and its premises of targeting your diet to your individual health concerns can make a world of difference in your quality of life. By taking time to learn more about this paradigm shift in popular dieting, you can start achieving your best health yet.
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As a functional nutrition practitioner, I am not in a position to diagnose, prescribe, or treat clients for specific conditions. Instead, a functional nutrition practitioner’s role is to look at all health problems holistically, educate clients about the ways their behavior is impeding their optimal health, and offer suggestions for improvement.
Before embarking on a functional nutrition program, you should always consult your primary healthcare physician about any health concerns that you may have.