I’m going to share a few cases with you to help you think into why you need the Functional approach.
Varun is in his mid forties, married and and with two children. Over the years, he has piled on some excess weight around his middle. Hearing about the Ketogenic diet from those around him, and constantly urged by them to adopt this perfect diet to lose weight, he is inspired to fall in step with his friends and try it out. Within a few days, he finds himself extremely uncomfortable with his digestion, and has a massive flare up of his acid reflux. Since then, even after many months, he has severe hyperacidity and nausea. Now, most nutrition apps and many nutritionists today will promote the Ketogenic diet as the next best diet. Does Varun’s situation say otherwise? Not necessarily. But, it does indicate unique bio-individuality. Perhaps his story, his history and his body are not adapted to this diet, however perfect it might be, or maybe just not today. How can he help himself now? Take the Functional approach!
Tara is in her late thirties and has two children. Over the years her use of antibiotics and painkillers has gradually increased to the point where she now relies on them in particular situations, like when she has her period. Her PMS symptoms have become so strong and her hormone upheavals so turbulent, that she has searched for every magic pill or protocol. When she joins a Facebook group of women sharing similar pains, many others urge her to start her day with a miraculous hormone elixir of different fruit and vegetable juices. She sees them sharing news articles on this drink and how it is known to be the best solution for hormonal problems. She starts drinking this every morning, and in a few weeks finds herself irritable, tired in the afternoons and with more migraines. Does it mean the fruit and vegetable juice is unhealthy? Maybe not, maybe so. But it does indicate Tara’s strong and unique bio-individual body. How can Tara help herself if not follow other women who feel her pain and want to help her by urging her to follow what they do? Take the Functional approach!
Julie is nearing fifty, and has multiple issues. She has recurring migraines, digestive difficulties that swing from constipation to diarrhoea, hot flashes, irritability and abdominal pain. She believes that this is the age of information, where the power is in the hands of each of us. She spends a substantial amount of time everyday on Google, researching each of her challenges and the best ways to address each of them. She has experimented with varied diets, and is frustrated that nothing is helping her symptoms. She is more upset that the weight around her abdomen is piling up and however much she works out it doesn’t seem to reduce. She has tried different doctors and medication from Ayurveda to Homeopathy and sometimes does both together. She is caught in a vicious loop of further self research and less improvement. What is the way out? While the information age is powerful, it can also be overwhelming for someone like Julie, who has no knowledge on what to find and how to put it together for her unique body. She needs a skilled Functional Nutritionist to hold her hands and help her navigate the ocean of information available out there, and taking the Functional approach is the way she can adopt changes suitable to her slowly and gently, in a way that is actually beneficial to her.
You need Functional Nutrition for yourself if you have:
- Severe acidity and rely on antacids to help you get through the day
- Various digestive problems all universally called Irritable Bowel Syndrome by different doctors and have reduced the diversity of food so much that you have multiple nutritional deficiencies
- Multiple food allergies or sensitivities
- Autoimmune conditions
- Recurrent Urinary tract infections or Cystitis
- Cravings for sugar all the time
- Cholesterol issues
- Endocrine dysfunction
- Adrenal hyper-function or fatigue
- Sleep disorders
- Cortisol upheavals
- Anxiety, mood swings, depression
- PMS or period pains
- Skin rashes, acne, eczema or psoriasis
- Peri menopausal symptoms that stress you
- Joint pains, chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
- Many symptoms all together that you do not even know where to start
A Beginner’s Guide to Functional Nutrition
Do you want to know what exactly is Functional Nutrition? Tried looking it up but seem overwhelmed by what is out there? It all starts with the foundation!