Functional Nutrition Insights from FxNA

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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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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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Andrea’s Boyfriend Eats What?

Recently, I heard Andrea mention (with a chuckle) that her boyfriend eats marshmallows. And, like you, I thought WHAT?  How can this world-renowned Functional Nutritionist and thought leader in Functional and Integrative Medicine be so accepting of marshmallows as a part of her boyfriend’s diet? After all, most of us likely know that refined sugar […]

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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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Addressing Eczema Through a Functional Nutrition Lens

Our founder, Andrea Nakayama, recently had the opportunity to sit down with her very first client, Fiona, as well as Fiona’s mom. More than a decade has passed since Andrea helped Fiona and her family address her chronic and persistent eczema. I had the pleasure of watching a recording of their discussion, and I have […]

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Seasonal Eating Guide: Autumn

Reflections on Eating with the Elements I’m a big fan of reminding people to tune into the rhythm of the day ~ the circadian rhythm. I call it “catching the wave”. Not surprisingly, it’s in the best interest of your health to rise with the sun and sleep when it’s down, to catch that wave […]

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The Chemistry of Coffee

Although caffeine is found in over 100 plants worldwide, its effects are most potent in coffee. This potency stems from coffee’s high concentration of two other stimulants–theophylline and theobromine. Like caffeine, these two other stimulants are classified as alkaloid compounds that naturally occur in both plants and animals.  Coffee is primarily consumed for its mood […]

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How to Discuss Essential Fats

When it comes to nutrition, we know that one size does not fit all. Your keto diet may wreak havoc on your partner’s body, and their vegan diet may lead to depletions for their sister. It’s just the truth about nutrition… different bodies have different needs for myriad reasons.  But what about food itself?  Are […]

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Maca: One Sweet Superfood

Maca is one of those foods that can be shrouded in controversy… Is it a goitrogen? Will it mess with estrogen metabolism? Hey, I just don’t do superfoods! But let’s back it up and see where we can introduce a little goodness with a sprinkling of this powerful root. What is maca? Maca is a […]

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Tips for navigating ‘back to school’ whether your kids are venturing out or not

Did you ever wonder what your kids’ teachers talked about in the faculty lounge, back when school was fully in session? Sure, they were likely discussing school politics, their lesson plans, or what they made for dinner last night. But were they also chatting about the children? Your children! Back in the day, early in […]

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