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Episode #7: What Is Functional Nutrition?

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I get asked all the time – what exactly is Functional Nutrition?

Most people think that all I do is weight loss, and while that is a part of the story it is truly just a small piece of the work that we do at BIN.

Most often I end up comparing it to going to a mechanic to check your car. If your car is not running properly, you ask a mechanic to find out why. You don’t expect them to find a leak, just offer you more oil to top it up and send you on your way. You want them to look under the hood, run some diagnostics, and figure out why the leak is happening in the first place. Then you’d want them to fix the problem before finally topping up the oil so you could drive it again.

In this week’s episode, I dispel the myths and the facts around functional nutrition, and clarify what we mean by root cause medicine.  

I discuss the reasons why our bodies become imbalanced and offer real solutions for how and why functional nutrition works.

We need to shift our mentality away from diet culture, and more importantly a “one size fits all” mentality. When we truly look at our individuality we can achieve long term success and health, wellness and longevity.

In this episode: 

  • I explain what functional nutrition and functional medicine really are
  • I look at the history of wellness and illness, starting in the 4th century and how we moved from treating the whole person to treating symptoms
  • I explain why defining ourselves by our diseases will not help us find root cause problems 
  • I look at the toolbox available to doctors and explain why we need to expand that with more options
  • I address the one-size-fits-all mentality we see in diet culture today

In this episode I reference:

  • 2019 article by Cleveland Clinic on a study that found that functional medicine was associated with improvements in health-related quality of life. 
  • Jim Kwik – and his take on practical knowledge  https://jimkwik.com

 

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