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Functional Nutrition in Practice

In a recent discussion with some Full Body Systems graduates, I asked them to describe what nutrition means to them. Some answers identified the bioindividual approach to care that I teach in Full Body Systems—to go slow and meet patients where they are with their needs for dietary change. And some others discussed nutrients directly—like […]

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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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Anxiety, Gender and Digestion—It’s all connected!

Not too long ago, in the mid-20th century, doctors began to describe a stereotypical patient who came to them with chronic digestive issues—they were anxious, often female, and “neurotic.”  According to Maya Dussenberry, and the research done for her book “Doing Harm” (one of my favorites), the “stereotype that women’s symptoms are likely to be […]

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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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Glycation, Sugar and Aging

Sure, we all know that sugar consumption and dysregulated blood sugar can wreak havoc on the body and brain. Yet there are other serious physiological consequences from high sugar intake, some of which are hard to detect until it’s too late. Let’s take a moment to understand glycation and how sugar leads to both AGEs […]

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Understanding the Dawn Phenomenon

It’s not uncommon to say one size doesn’t fit-all in relation to shoes, jeans, or even a dietary recommendation. This is especially the case when a client comes our way with a set of concerns that takes some of our favorite foods (literally) off the table. Recently in the FxNA Clinic we met with a […]

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Full Body Systems Graduate Spotlight: Ali Anderson

If you’ve ever wondered if it’s possible to have a thriving practice as a Functional Nutrition Counselor, even if you don’t have prior experience in the field, then you’re going to love Ali’s story. Nutrition is a second career for Ali. She began Full Body Systems without any prior nutrition training, and now she’s thriving […]

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Full Body Systems Graduate Spotlight: Kate Smith

I’m excited and honored to introduce you to Kate Smith, a graduate of Full Body Systems. Kate began her studies with us as a mom and former Air Force officer. She did not have any prior health or medical training, but she sure had passion! Now Kate is thriving as a leader in her community—sharing […]

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Drink Your Probiotics

Just what does it mean to drink your probiotics? Drinking your probiotics delivers a thirst quenching way to boost the good bacteria or flora in your gut.  Probiotic means “for life.”  Cheers to the good life! But why? What’s so good about the favorable flora? News about the importance of the microbiome is not so […]

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