“Functional Medicine” is becoming more mainstream due to voices like Dr. Oz, Dr. Frank Lipman, and Dr. Mark Hyman lauding it as the future of health care. The field of Functional Medicine refers to something completely different than what we know as conventional medicine or the standard model of care. To fully understand what functional medicine is, it is important to contrast it with conventional medicine.
Functional Nutrition Takes It One Step Further...
While the terms ‘functional medicine’ and ‘functional nutrition’ are often used interchangeably, they aren’t technically the same. Functional medicine is a broad medical approach that treats health problems as a part of a system breakdown in your body. In contrast, functional nutrition takes this perspective one step further by highlighting the ways that food is a fundamental component of health and the cause of many problems.
“You are that which you ingest absorb, and do not eliminate.”
~ Jeffrey Bland, PhD founder of Functional Medicine
Functional Nutrition Leading The Way...
There are many diet programs, but no single diet is right for everyone. The concept of bio-individuality is the foundation of functional nutrition. Your body is unique in its needs and abilities to metabolize the food you ingest. However, food is not the only thing that “feeds” you. Your thoughts and emotions play a part in how you assimilate all that you take in.
Functional nutrition explores diet, your relationship with food, digestion, absorption, and elimination. It takes into account food sensitivities, intolerances, and allergies – what you are getting too much of and what you are not getting enough of.
Unparalleled Experience With Julie Olson
To practice functional nutrition, it requires in-depth knowledge and critical thinking skills, along with obtaining additional education, certifications and training as Julie has accomplished. In addition, it takes research evaluation abilities, listening skills, and experience to determine root cause(s). Julie passionately, purposely and strategically embraces each individual client’s case at Fortitude Functional Nutrition.