what's functional and what's not, part 1
Posted by Andrea Nakayama
‘Functional’ has become a buzzword in the health industry lately.
And for good reason. Practicing Functionally can help you in several ways…
- Identify the root causes of your clients issues, and bring them resolution (so they feel better, and your business grows.)
- Know a system that works all of the time instead of using formulas that work some of the time, or chasing research and superfoods that go in and out of style constantly.
- Relax into knowing that you really do know enough to help the population you want to help, no matter who they are, and no matter what your scope of practice is.
But just like an “All Natural” label can be found on products with MSG, GMOs, hormones, pesticides, and more, the term ‘functional’ is being thrown around and put on products, services, and trainings that really aren’t functional.
So, how are you, a hardworking practitioner who’s dedicated to learning the most useful tools to help your clients, supposed to separate the wheat from the chaff?
What’s Functional and What’s NOT
There are 3 tenets of a Functional practice, and unless the programs you’re taking, processes you’re using, and people you’re following are using these 3 tenets, they aren’t functional.
Functional Tenet #1: Root Cause Resolution
Practicing Functionally means that we’re not chasing symptoms.
Instead we’re using tools to get to the heart of what’s really going on, so we can bring resolution to the cause of someone’s symptoms, not just squelch the symptoms alone. (The latter “solution” doesn’t last very long.)
Let’s take two women with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, (often both!), abdominal cramps or pains, bloating and intestinal gas.
What’s NOT Functional…
Treating the symptoms of IBS alone, such as using enzymes or chamomile to relieve abdominal pain.
Temporary relief? Maybe.
Root cause resolution? Nope.
What IS Functional…
Paying heed to the context of the IBS—the history and environment in which the illness arose for each woman, the diet and lifestyle factors that cause the symptoms to flare, and the interventions that truly enable internal healing to occur.
Once you know the context, you can confidently move in the direction of root cause resolution instead of just chasing symptoms.
The tool you need to determine (and to make your practice Functional!) is called the Functional Nutrition Matrix. It’s THE tool that will make your practice Functional, and Functional Nutrition Lab is the ONLY place to learn it.
Check it out:
I developed the Functional Nutrition Matrix, along with several other tools and systems, to help practitioners like you have the success in practice that I’ve had.
The world needs people who are willing to go beyond the quick-fix, beyond dietary protocol, to truly practice Functionally.
Are you ready to get to the root cause and make your practice Functional?
Join me and the thousands of practitioners who are changing the way we do healthcare. Your first step is easy:
Schedule a free session with an Advisor to see whether our Functional Nutrition immersion program is right for you.
It’s not Functional Nutrition unless you’re using the Functional Nutrition Matrix.
And be sure to check out:
Functional Tenet #2: Systems & Tools
Functional Tenet #3: The Therapeutic Partnership
Remember, if the programs you’re taking, processes you’re using, and people you’re following are not using these 3 tenets, they aren’t Functional.
We can change that.
EXPERIENCE A FREE TRAINING SERIES WITH ANDREA NAKAYAMA TO HELP YOU
Begin practicing functionally today!
MORE TO EXPLORE
You Might Also Like
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 […]Read More
Learn more about Epigenetics and how environmental factors contribute to the overall health of your clients.Read More
Reframing the Healthcare Trend of Functional Lab Testing
Learn how to avoid the trap of thinking lab results equal a root cause in your client's health.Read More