What is Functional Nutrition?
Functional nutrition is individualized nutritional advice, tailored towards your specific health needs and goals. There is no one size fits all diet. Every human body is unique, with different symptoms, lifestyle, and health history. Therefore each person requires different dietary standards. Functional nutrition can identify these differences and treat them accordingly with various diet and lifestyle techniques. Nutritional therapy is the cornerstone lifestyle therapy used by functional cardiologist and functional medicine doctor Cynthia Thaik and her team of nurse practitioners.
Comprehensive, Customized Approach
A functional nutrition approach uses various techniques to provide a customized treatment plan. A functional medicine doctor along with the nutritionist will evaluate medical history, review medications and supplements, provide an in-depth look at diet and lifestyle, review and request labs and determine the patient’s ability to comply with standards of care.
Functional medicine doctors and nutritionists will determine the best individual plan for you. After the evaluation, recommendations will include: custom diet and elimination program, strategies to stay compliant, specific supplements to increase strength of program, and education about the recommended style of eating.
Treats Whole Person – Not Just Single Symptom
Functional nutrition does not treat a single symptom. It dives deeper into the root cause of illness to treat underlying problems. For example, many people present symptoms of heart disease such as high blood pressure, heart palpitations, chest pain, and fatigue. A functional nutritionist will determine what causes these symptoms and treat the entire body. A functional cardiologist considers the body as one whole organism instead of isolated symptoms.
Focus on Healing Gut Dysfunction
One area of the body we play particular close attention to is the digestive system, also known as “the gut.” The gut is a common root cause of inflammation. Inflammation inside the body can present many symptoms. Even seemingly unexplained illnesses like autoimmune disease, anxiety, hormone imbalance, and many more can be caused by inflammation driven by gut dysfunction.
At Dr. Cynthia Thaik’s office, we pride ourselves on taking extra care with each and every patient. Functional medicine and functional nutrition allows us to spend more time with each patient and truly get to the root cause of illness using a lifestyle approach to health.