Functional Nutrition is a cutting edge approach using nutritional and lifestyle strategies to identify root causes of deficiencies and imbalances to improve complex health problems. Dr. Gorski takes a holistic approach to your specific condition. Tests such as bloodwork, inflammatory markers, toxins, thyroid, adrenal, leaky gut and genomic/nutrigenomics are used to customize an approach unique to your body. If you’re ready to increase your energy, reduce inflammation, lose weight, balance your hormones naturally, then contact Elite Family Chiropractic in Charleston, South Carolina, for a customized functional nutrition plan.
In the United States alone, approximately 133 million individuals live with one or more chronic diseases (according to the National Health Council). Additionally, many more live with various seemingly unexplained symptoms that are not associated with a diagnosable condition.
Rather than addressing health concerns solely through the use of medications, or not treating them at all, there is a holistic approach to health that seeks to address the root cause of symptoms. This type of treatment is known as functional nutrition.
More specifically, functional nutrition is a “cutting edge approach utilizing nutrition and lifestyle strategies to identify root causes of deficiencies/imbalances to change [a person’s] health for the positive.” Practitioners consider all aspects of an individual’s health (e.g. diet, exercise, stress, environment) to make meaningful recommendations for change.
The core belief supporting the use of functional nutrition is that food, supplements, and lifestylehave the power to either harm or help various conditions, and one’s overall wellbeing. Specific plans of action are created depending on the individualized needs of a person. However, all individuals receive recommendations that favor whole foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals.
It is crucial to note that functional nutrition and functional medicine are not synonymous terms. While similar, the increasingly popular field of functional medicine has several key differences. Perhaps the biggest distinction is that functional medicine refers more to the broad medical approach of using holistic treatments and strategies to address underlying causes of disease. Instead of treating chronic conditions with medication alone, functional medicine seeks to understand the underlying causes of diseases to better promote lasting healing.
While it may sound simplistic at first, functional nutrition is about much more than basic dietary recommendations. Practitioners in this field utilize the latest scientific research and tools to achieve powerful results. Customizing someone’s nutritional recommendations based on their unique genetic makeup could be a start.
Depending on your specific imbalances, you may be asked to complete the following tests: Blood work, nutrient deficiency testing, inflammatory marker testing, testing for toxins, and evaluation for food sensitivities, allergies and leaky gut. These advanced resources are just a sample of the tools available to help build an effective nutritional and lifestyle plan. By addressing the root cause of symptoms throughout the body, you can expect a holistic approach to healthcare.
Whether you currently have a thyroid, digestive or autoimmune problem, or a host of symptoms that are not explained by a specific condition, get in touch with our office today to learn more about how functional nutrition can help improve your health.