Articles by Andrea Nakayama, FxNA Founder & Functional Medicine Nutritionist

Functional Nutrition Alliance provides the comprehensive online Functional Nutrition training in the Science & Art of the Functional Nutrition practice. Learn to address the roots of your clients’ suffering with client education, diet & lifestyle modifications.

Start with the Gut

It's been several months since I've written a Consumer's Report. Please don't let that fool you into believing that I'm not a consumer. Like you, I get caught out-and-about and also just appreciate being able to buy a pre-packaged thing or two that meets my exacting standards and serves my gut intentions. I especially love to get my hands on a product that simultaneously passes the grade, is gratifying to the taste buds and fuels my health. That's what these pages are all about! Today I raise a glass to KeVita, my favorite drink on-the-go.

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Food, Mood, Poop Journal (and the real scoop on poop)

While poop provides some great clues, poop data alone becomes much more relevant when we gather input on food intake as well. That’s why the Food, Mood, Poop Journal is your first step in clinical data capture.

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Psyllium Husk for Husky Poop

Poop is one of our best health diagnostic tools! Today’s gut loving ingredient is meant to bring on the husky: it’s psyllium husk!

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Graduate Spotlight: Nicole Lui

Prior to joining Full Body Systems, Nicole didn’t feel like she had the skills, intuition, or alignment with her ability to care for others.

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the gut-brain connection

This sneak peek clip is from the Full Body Systems Neuro Intensive. I have so much to share when it comes to the gut-brain connection and brain health.

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Root Cause Resolution 

“Backing it up” means that we honor the principles of root cause resolution. And it ensures that we’re focusing on the roots of our health concerns, and that we’re not leaving any stone unturned in our journey towards optimal health.

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A Functional Nutrition Approach to Neurodegenerative Diseases

If you’ve been considering a career as a Functional Nutrition Counselor, you’ve likely heard about neurodegenerative diseases. However, if that term isn’t familiar to you, perhaps you’ve heard of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. These are some of the most common neurodegenerative diseases, and each year approximately 50 million Americans are affected, with about 1 million having […]

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Graduate Spotlight: Nikki Gepner

As owner of Northwest Functional Nutrition located in Bothell, Washington, Nikki Gepner, RDN, CD, CSR, CFNC, FNLP, is passionate about helping clients find confidence with their nutrition and lifestyle choices, while creating or maintaining a healthy relationship with food. Nikki has been in the field of nutrition for 18 years! She started her training with […]

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We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

When I walked into the hotel, I knew instantly that I’d been there before. It had been six years earlier. Possibly the same time of year. This time I was arriving to present on stage at a nutrition conference. I was tickled to hear that I was a top speaker request by many of the […]

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Serving as a Functional Nutrition Counselor

Many clients or patients seek the services of a Functional Nutrition Counselor after several failed attempts at getting help for their signs and symptoms. They’ve fallen into the gaps of the healthcare system with protocols that don’t serve their healthcare needs (or just aren’t enough on their own).  These patients seek a leader to serve […]

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