Functional Nutrition Insights from FxNA

Body Systems

Fiber: The Health & Healing Benefits of Complex Carbohydrates

Fiber fundamentals in Functional Nutrition Let’s talk about fiber! While fiber is not a macronutrient like Fat or Protein (the other two components of our core Fat/Fiber/Protein principle for health and healing), it is critical for full body systems health and balance. In fact, it’s a key factor supporting our Non-Negotiable Trifecta of Sleep, Poop, […]

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How a Functional Nutritionist Can Help You Manage Stress for Better Digestion

Understanding the link between stress and digestion If you’ve ever experienced the sensation of butterflies in your stomach, you’re familiar with the connection between acute stress and short-term digestive sensations. And yet chronic stress can have a profound impact on your overall digestive health. Chronic stressors that affect digestion can take many forms, like systemic […]

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Antioxidant Berry Smoothie

For a local foodie like me, summer is a true delight. The farmer’s markets are overflowing with colorful abundance and the berry bushes in my backyard are alive with color. Having fresh beautiful produce makes it easy to load up on nutrients without going very far, but let’s face it, summer isn’t always all fun […]

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Clinical Cause & Effect – Putting your Functional Nutrition Certification into 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 our scope of practice to advise people on pharmaceuticals as Functional Nutritionists or Functional Nutrition Counselors, it is within our scope to help clients understand cause […]

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Understanding Mucosal Tolerance: Lessons from a Nutritionist

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. While being inside on a sunny Sunday isn’t at the top of my list of things to do – the opportunity for continued education and learning from one of […]

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On Our Minds: At-Home Allergy Testing

As we see more and more people experiencing unresolved signs and symptoms, it becomes easy to understand the allure of at-home testing, and the promise that testing will not only reveal a root cause of suffering, but provide a quick-fix solution. The conversation surrounding the use of at-home allergy testing for food sensitivities continues to […]

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Flaxseed and Estrogen Dominance: A Recipe for Hormonal Harmony

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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Be the BOSS of your Brain

My brain is always bursting with ideas, and it can be exhausting. That's why I've been turning my focus to nourishing my brain health and you can too! Let's get brainy!

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Helping Alzheimer’s Patients with Cognitive Decline: Plugging the Metaphorical Holes in the Roof

Learn how functional medicine is helping Alzheimer's patients improve their cognitive decline.

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Crohn’s Through a Functional Lens

Crohn’s Disease is classified as autoimmune. As you know, autoimmunity is a condition in which the body produces an immune response against its own tissue constituents. Before we talk more about Crohn’s, let’s put autoimmunity into a bit more context so you and I can both grasp how profoundly this is impacting not just our […]

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