Updated: Mar 23
Headaches, lethargy, brain fog . . . these are just a few of the signs and symptoms our body uses to tell us that something is not quite right. Yet, instead of listening with intent, we are often encouraged to keep chasing our symptoms, using pills or other methods to make them go away for a time. Doesn’t it make more sense to get to the source of the problem?
Functional nutrition is a holistic approach to helping people achieve optimal levels of health by targeting the source of their issues. Through diet and lifestyle changes, functional nutrition is an effective method that has been shown to help re-balance our bodies. Read on to learn more about how functional nutrition can help improve your overall health.
Why functional nutrition?
Functional nutrition is an effective method of improving your health on every level. The goal is to bring your body back into balance by addressing the factors contributing to your internal imbalance. This involves evaluating health behaviors, such as diet, sleep, and exercise, as well as looking at your personal medical history.
This approach is then used to develop a well-rounded, targeted plan to correct imbalances and bring your body to its optimal level of performance.
How does functional nutrition work?
When you visit a functional nutritionist for issues negatively affecting your health, one of the first things they will do is delve into your diet. They will evaluate your current diet and run tests to help identify current food issues and potential solutions. Using this data, a functional nutritionist will then develop a tailored diet plan (which may include supplements) focused on eliminating your symptoms and preventing their recurrence.
Once your ideal diet plan has been determined, your functional nutritionist will then help you figure out what other lifestyle modifications to make for optimal health, wellness, and balance. This may include improving sleep, reducing stress, and exercising.
How to practice functional nutrition
With functional nutrition, food is basically treated the same as medicine, considered as having the power to support and heal your body. Understanding that food has much more value beyond just enjoyment or basic survival can help you to make better dietary choices. Thinking about
how you can improve your diet by increasing the number of healthy foods and eliminating processed, junk items is one of the first steps toward practicing functional nutrition.
Once you have optimized your diet, you’ll need to consider what activities you need to begin (or stop altogether) to further support your body’s systems. Along with eating well, it’s important to exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and consider taking appropriate dietary supplements (if needed). Getting enough sleep and improving your stress management skill are also important parts of a well-rounded functional nutrition plan.
Why work with a functional nutritionist?
Because each of our bodies work in different ways, a diet plan that will work for one person may not be ideal for another. Along those same lines, just because a food is considered good in general doesn’t mean it should be part of your specific diet plan. And that’s not even considering food sensitivities we may not even be aware of.
A functional nutritionist understands how to develop a diet plan optimized to meet our specific health and wellness needs. They also know how to help us effectively create the lifestyle changes we need to support the changes we can achieve with a tailored diet plan. Our Ollovus app has made it easy for you to find and connect with a functional nutritionist to get started on a more holistic approach to your health.
Functional nutrition is a well-rounded, balanced approach to improving your health and wellness. It can be an effective method for solving the root cause of your problems rather than continuing to mask symptoms. Get connected with an expert today to start reaping the benefits of functional nutrition.