‘Functional’ has become a buzzword in the health industry lately.
And for good reason. Practicing Functionally can help you in several ways…
But just like an “All Natural” label can be found on products with MSG, GMOs, hormones, pesticides, and more, the term ‘functional’ is being thrown around and put on products, services, and trainings that really aren’t functional.
So, how are you, a hardworking practitioner who’s dedicated to learning the most useful tools to help your clients, supposed to separate the wheat from the chaff?
There are 3 tenets of a Functional practice, and unless the programs you’re taking, processes you’re using, and people you’re following are using these 3 tenets, they aren’t functional.
Practicing functionally means that we’re not chasing symptoms.
Instead we’re using tools to get to the heart of what’s really going on, so we can bring resolution to the cause of someone’s symptoms, not just squelch the symptoms alone. (The latter “solution” doesn’t last very long.)
Let’s take two women with IBS. Symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, (often both!), abdominal cramps or pains, bloating and intestinal gas.
What’s NOT functional…
Treating the symptoms of IBS alone, such as using enzymes or chamomile to relieve abdominal pain.
Temporary relief? Maybe
Root cause resolution? Nope.
What IS Functional…
Using the Functional Nutrition Matrix to determine context—the history and environment in which IBS arose for each woman, the agents which cause the symptoms flare and the interventions that truly enable internal healing to occur.
Once you know the context, you can confidently move in the direction of root cause resolution instead of just chasing symptoms.
The Functional Nutrition Matrix is the focus of Reframe Nutrition. It’s THE tool that will make your practice Functional, and Reframe Nutrition is the ONLY place to learn it.
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And be sure to tune in later this week so that we can talk about the other 2 tenets of a functional practice. Remember, if the programs you’re taking, processes you’re using, and people you’re following are not using these 3 tenets, they aren’t functional.
We can change that.
Part 2: What’s Functional, what’s not
Part 3: What’s functional and what’s not
The web of interconnections
Functional Nutrition Tip – The power of story
True, but partial
Functional Nutrition Matrix
Functional nutritionist and educator Andrea Nakayama (FNLP, MSN, CNC, CNE, CHHC) is leading patients and practitioners around the world in a revolution to reclaim ownership over our own health. Her passion for food as personalized medicine was born from the loss of her young husband to a brain tumor in 2002. She’s now regularly consulted as the nutrition expert for the toughest clinical cases in the practices of many world-renowned doctors, and trains a thousand practitioners online each year in her methodologies at Holistic Nutrition Lab. Learn more about Andrea here.