Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® is a science-based holistic approach to investigating and identifying the root cause of health problems.
“TEST. DON’T GUESS!”
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) is a holistic process that employs functional laboratory testing and assessments to identify malfunctions and underlying conditions at the root of most common health complaints. With a focus on the hormonal, immune, digestive, detoxification and energy production systems, certified FDN’s investigate lifestyle, environment, metabolism, etc. to identify cause for dysfunction.
What would my Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist do?
First: Your Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist (FDN) will conduct a complete history to better understand your current level of health and how well your body is functioning along with taking the time to understand your health goals. They will decide at this point if they can help you.
Second: Your FDN will then run a series of 5 functional labs to assess your hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy, nervous systems and oxidate stress levels. This information will provide your FDN with a complete view of where the imbalance lies.
And it’s never just one thing. It’s impossible to find one root cause because we know that all of the systems mentioned above work synergistically together to create a healthy body.
For example. John came to use with IBS symptoms. He completed his Metabolic Scorecard (symptom assessment) and we noticed right away that his greatest imbalance was in his hormones, cortisol specifically.
We ran the 5 core labs and learned that his mucosal barrier (brush border) was compromised, his liver wasn’t functionally optimally, he had h pylori and a larger imbalance in his gut bacteria, his cortisol was extremely high in the morning and very low mid afternoon, and so much more! With this information, we were able to get him on a 90 day protocol that addressed the root issues. Not just one issue.
Now imagine if John just tried to self treat. He would likely have just gone to the health food store and picked up probiotics and some digestive enzymes and maybe cut out gluten and/or dairy. But the problem with this approach is that he was missing a key piece of the puzzle. A few actually. We need to address his compromised small intestine, food intolerances, liver weakness and inability to digest proteins…and his h pylori.
Who would benefit from seeing and FDN?
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms and hasn’t been able to resolve them using a traditional approach.
Some example of symptoms that may do well with this approach: