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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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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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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clinical ‘cause & effect’ – don’t miss it in your practice

In your practice you’ll likely encounter clients who are taking prescription medications. We see it all the time in the Functional Nutrition Alliance Clinic. And while it’s not within the scope of our practice at the Functional Nutrition Alliance to advise people whether or not they should be taking pharmaceuticals, it is within our scope […]

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What the Heck is Mucosal Tolerance?

Several years ago, when attending live seminars was still a regular occurrence, I spent the day in an air-conditioned basement-level hotel conference room in San Francisco. You know the scene… little white hotel notepad on the table, pitcher of ice cold water, sweater at the ready to combat the chill, and healthy snacks hidden in […]

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the comforting spice that makes everything nice

For the next few weeks, we'll start to uncover colorful spices and their culinary and medicinal uses - it's our focus for the month ahead and as we move into the holidays, and it's a perfect time to think about comfort in relation to our spice exploration. Whether you're a seasoned spice user or rarely venture beyond the basic salt and pepper, there's so much to explore in the world of spice. (They really do make everything nice!) Get creative and spice it up!

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Be Aware and Act Flax!

While October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, that does not mean that our awareness and action should be relegated to one month out of the year. This is especially true because several types of cancer, as well as low thyroid function, and a host of other signs and symptoms, have one big thing in common that deserves our attention…

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