Functional Medicine is a model of healthcare developed in the US in the 1990s which melds the best of naturopathic principles with the latest evidence based scientific research. It is a quickly evolving field as new research is constantly demonstrating new ways in which interactions between our diet, lifestyle, genetics and beliefs are creating imbalances, and ultimately disease, in the body. Functional Nutrition looks at the foundational way that food affects your body on the cellular level.
Food is much more than calories, in fact there are millions of molecules of information in every bite of food that you eat! These molecules come into your body, effect how your cells behave and how you feel.
This is our approach to nutrition at Chinese Herbal Health Acupuncture Clinic.
Food first is always the best approach!
Eating healthy is essential for both preventing illness and for recovering from disease. For example, specific nutrients can help your liver detoxification pathways, give you sustained energy, help you sleep deeply, and support your general well-being.
On the other hand, research shows that food can be your poison as well—especially if you make poor choices and continue to eat food that harms your body.
We will assess your lifestyle, stress, your health history, both your internal and external environments, and then create an individualized plan that restores and maintains your optimal health
A Functional Approach
Marianne is not a nutritionist, so her approach is different than that of other nutritionists. Marianne will not prescribe a “diet”, No counting calories, points, or limiting grams of fat. The principals are to cut the sugar, refined grains, and processed foods while focusing on properly-raised meats, quality fats, and abundance of nutrient-dense vegetables. Looking at what additional vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients you may need for your individual need.
The connection between nutrition and common conditions such as asthma, eczema, menstrual issues, and infertility to name a few, often go unrecognized or are not acknowledged by conventional medicine. But that does not mean the science and clinical studies aren’t published.
How many of us are reading in papers, magazines, blogs and on the all knowing google about alternative ways to treat every illness out there. So maybe just maybe we need to ask the question, ‘Can my diet really effect how i feel?’