What’s Functional and what’s not | by Andrea Nakayama

Part 1: What’s Functional and what’s not

‘Functional’ has become a buzzword in the health industry lately.

And for good reason. Practicing Functionally can help you in several ways…

  • Identify the root causes of your clients issues, and bring them resolution (so they feel better, and your business grows.)
  • Know a system that works all of the time instead of using formulas that work some of the time, or chasing research and superfoods that go in and out of style constantly.
  • Relax into knowing that you really do know enough to help the population you want to help, no matter who they are, and no matter what your scope of practice is.

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?

What’s Functional and What’s NOT

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.

Functional Tenet #1: Root Cause Resolution

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.

Check it out:

The functional nutrition matrix by Andrea Nakayama

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And stay tuned…

Functional Tenet #2: Systems & Tools

Functional Tenet #3: The Therapeutic Partnership

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.

Related Blog Posts:

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
Root cause

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 Functional Nutrition Lab. Learn more about Andrea here.

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What qualification / course would you recommend to become a functional nutritionist?

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Andrea Nakayama

Hi Annabel!

Renee here, from the Functional Nutrition Alliance and Holistic Nutrition Lab team.

Our practitioner training at the Holistic Nutrition Lab teaches the science and art of a functional nutrition practice. So you’re in the right place!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Functional Nutrition 101 ebook.

Enrollment for our practitioner training will open in January 2018 so stay tuned for that! In the meantime, you can learn more about our programs on our FAQ page here.

And as always, if you have specific questions, do write us directly at support@fxnalliance.com


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