In today’s world of pharmaceuticals and prescriptions, many people are looking to the world of functional nutrition to support their health. If this sounds like you, read on to learn more about functional nutrition and how Dr. David W. Kuo, D.C. and his team in Pasadena, CA, can help you!
What is Functional Nutrition & Nutrition Counseling?
While both serve to enhance health through diet and lifestyle, functional nutrition is a broader approach, while nutrition counseling consists of repeat one-on-one visits. Functional nutrition is a part of the functional medicine approach to health, which aims to treat all body systems together. This belief is founded on the idea that all body systems are interconnected. Instead of treating the symptom, functional nutrition aims to identify and address the root cause of your pain and immobility.
Functional nutrition professionals order additional tests and ask more questions to figure out the root problem. Some usual protocols run by functional nutritionists include:
Questions regarding sleep, stress, activity level, and other factors will help us identify aspects of your diet that may be negatively affecting your health. Potentially problematic factors will be removed from your diet one-by-one, allowing us to determine what in your diet is causing your problems.
Nutrition counseling is a more specific approach that analyzes both diet and exercise to enhance health. Nutrition counselors help their patients reach achievable health goals. This is often done through fitness programs and nutritional supplements.
What Makes Functional Nutrition Different from Clinical Nutrition?
While clinical nutrition can benefit some, others prefer functional nutrition for its comprehensive, non-pharmaceutical approach. What makes functional nutrition different from clinical nutrition is that it aims to treat the whole body, has a personalized approach, and is practiced according to various models. We approach every individual like the individual they are. Therefore, even if your symptom mirrors another person’s, your treatment will likely be different.
Models of Functional Nutrition
Instead of the “symptom > prescription” model, the functional medicine matrix looks at a patient’s day-to-day events, lifestyle factors, and physiological, clinical imbalances to treat health problems. Many functional nutritionists agree that most modern nutritional issues can be linked to gut restoration. Therefore, we utilized the 5R protocol to restore your GI system’s natural balance.
Book a Nutrition Consultation with Dr. David W. Kuo, D.C. Today!
David W Kuo, D.C. has been sharing the benefits of functional medicine with residents of Pasadena, CA for many years. Call us today at (626) 449-0510 for more information or to schedule an appointment.