Functional Nutrition is the philosophy that drives the conversation, recommendations and protocols at BuzzNutrition.
…When I define Functional Nutrition for you, you’re going to think I’m daft. You’re probably going to think, “Well, duh, that’s just common sense.” … And, you’d be correct!
The daft part is this: Conventional Nutrition does not currently align with common sense. The paradigm is shifting, but for now, Functional Nutrition sits on the cutting edge… and since you’re reading this, so do you!
Functional Nutrition falls under the category of Functional Medicine, which is described below. It is highly effective at treating and preventing chronic illness, which is any condition or symptom that has been around for a while. Conventional Medicine (also known as Allopathic Medicine) does a great job at helping people in emergencies, but in when chronic illness is concerned, its success is less than stellar.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition focus on root cause resolution. Instead of aiming diagnostic and therapeutic forces at symptoms, the Functional philosophy thoroughly explores the fundamental situation. To be clear, “symptom resolution” gets attention in order to decrease discomfort and pain as soon as possible, but it doesn’t stop there.
A “functional thought process” might go like this: “Why is this symptom happening?… In order for a healthy, functional human to experience this symptom, what would have to happen for it to come up?… What would have to get in the body’s way?… What can we add or take away to bring the body back into balance?… What aspects of this person’s diet, lifestyle and emotional health can be tweaked to bring about healing?”
Functional Medicine does not accept that people are deficient in prescription medication.
The reason why Functional Medicine is superior in the care of chronic illness is that humans are incredibly complex organisms. Relationships between our different organs, systems and body parts are not linear. A problem at Point A does not mean the solution should be aimed at Part A. It might be best to do something for Part W, K and D. Plus, the body-mind connection can never be ignored.
- To treat heartburn, Conventional Medicine prescribes an antacid. This might make the symptoms go away, but it will also cause mineral and B12 deficiency, as well as leave the body open to infection and attack (since hydrochloric acid kills harmful microbes). Functional Nutrition will determine the cause of the heartburn. Is it because of a diet of fried food, copious coffee and processed foods? Is it because of an infection with h. pylori? Did the symptoms coincide with a round of antibiotics, or introduction of another prescription medication? Is it because of a ramped up stress reaction?
- To treat autoimmune disease, Conventional Medicine prescribes drugs that suppress the immune system. If the body were a simple system, that would make sense, since an autoimmune disease is caused by an overactive immune system. BUT, the body is not simple! The root cause of many autoimmune conditions is a leaky gut. The “food tube” is technically outside the body. The digestive system is chock full of checks and balances that ensures only the safest materials gain entry to our gooey insides. (Rejection’s standing ovation sounds like “flushhhhhhh”.) Leaky gut is caused by inflammation and inflammation can be caused by dozens of things!
Since every person is unique, inside and out, the root cause must be sought and a unique strategy must be developed. This is not easy! Cookie-cutters solutions are not the answer, so a personalized plan is required and this plan comes with a guarantee that it’ll change over time. Plus, change will come slowly… that can be frustrating, but understanding why and working with someone who will stick with you along the way will make it easier!
Want to read more about Functional Medicine? Here’s a good article: https://experiencelife.com/article/functional-medicine-a-science-whose-time-has-come