What is Functional Nutrition?

August 3rd, 2016 by admin

Here at Enlightened Wellness, I get asked all of the time what Functional Nutrition is, so I want to share this definition:

Functional Nutrition is nutrition-based care that is focused on building health by restoring proper physiological functioning of the body. When you have multiple symptoms they are clues to the ways in which your body is not functioning the way it should be. Rather than suppress those symptoms with natural or pharmaceutical agents, we want to “read” those symptoms to understand which systems of your body need support to get back on track and get you healthy again. By looking at your whole picture — diet, symptoms, illness history, medications, lifestyle, toxic exposure, history of antibiotic use, stress, lab work, etc., we are able to put together an overall plan. That plan serves as overall map of the nutrition your body needs to regain health and prevent illness.

As a Functional Nutritionist, I work with people who have been through the health care system and have not found the answers or the resolutions they have been painstakingly seeking, for things like chronic unresolved digestive issues, autoimmune conditions, thyroid disease, weight loss resistance and more. They have not found answers to these problems, because their conventional practitioners (even specialists) are simply not trained to find, or to help them address, the diet and lifestyle root causes of their chronic issues. That’s not to say that their conventional practitioners are in any way negligent. Conventional medicine is focused on acute care and overt disease, which is absolutely critical and respectable. Meanwhile, Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition are aimed at picking up on the more subtle, chronic  imbalances brought on by diet, lifestyle, environment and genetics, that if addressed, can head off and even reverse the disease process. We cannot expect conventional practitioners to fill this kind of specialized and time-intensive role.  Functional Nutritionists, like myself,  are adept in this role, and can be an invaluable member of a your health care team. It takes a village.

If you are interested in achieving wellness beyond the status quo (Enlightened Wellness), have a look around the site, and feel free to submit a client application if you are serious about embarking on your healing journey with me.

UPDATE: I am hosting a FREE Teleseminar, “Unraveling Disease with Functional Nutrition,” on Monday, October 3rd, from 5 pm to 6 pm MT. I’ll be discussing the root cause approach to healing and describing my upcoming 6-week virtual Functional Nutrition group healing experience, Root Cause Reset. Register for the call here, even if you can make it, as I’ll be sending the recording out afterward. Or, you can find out more and get registered here, as well. 

Health & Happiness,



One Response to “What is Functional Nutrition?”

August 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm, Thyroid Medication: 9 Reasons Why It’s Not Working – EnlightenedWellness said:

[…] Too little T3 (active thryoid hormone) is not good, but neither is too much. When your body is really stressed, you can produce high levels of reverse T3, which is the opposite of active T3 and can’t be converted to T3. If you’re making more reverse T3 and not enough active T3, that’s when reverse T3 can signal a problem. Most docs don’t order this one, so make sure to ask for it. Of course, you’ll need to work with a thyroid-literate practitioner like myself or another functional practitioner, who will spend more time on and with you, to understand what reverse T3 and your other thyroid labs truly mean for you. A lot of docs don’t know how to translate thyroid lab results into diet, nutrient, lifestyle and gut-healing strategies, in order to restore balance to your system. and that’s ok. They are not trained to do so, and it’s not their role. This is where a Functional Nutritionist can shine in your life. What’s a Functional Nutritionist?? […]