What is Functional Nutrition?


Defining Functional Nutrition

Functional nutrition is a branch of dietetics that focuses on optimizing the function of cells in the body. This type of nutrition often addresses the root causes of symptoms, rather than simply treating the symptoms themselves. By providing cells with the nutrients they need, functional nutrition can help improve overall health and wellbeing

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Functional Nutrition Focuses on Underlying Causes

Functional Nutrition gives us a whole new way of looking at disease and health. Symptoms are not the problem, they are the result of the problem. Most medicine focuses on the leaves and the branches of your tree, while Functional Nutrition gets down to the root and terrain. Instead of chasing symptoms, we look for the underlying imbalance in the biological terrain that causes the symptoms, and identify and change the environmental factors that contribute to the imbalance.

Diet and Lifestyle Modification is a Cornerstone of the Functional Nutrition Model

Every choice we are making each day affects the longevity and quality of life. Food, water, air, movement, sleep, the way to handle the stressors, the reaction to emotional distress, the environmental exposure, the spiritual and social connection. Every choice matters. Every choice makes a difference.

Functional Nutrition is Holistic Approach to Healthcare

Xiaoyun Shopping at an outdoor farmers marketFunctional nutrition is a holistic approach to healthcare that looks at the body as an entire being. Functional nutrition practitioners work to understand how all the systems in the body interact with each other and how imbalances in one system can lead to problems in another. Once we take the time to become familiar with our unique psychological, spiritual, and physical factors that determine nutritional needs, we remove the guesswork from determining our health condition. We now play an active role in determining the next steps in our transformational journey!

Xiaoyun Pan | Holistic Nutritionist | FDN-P, FNTP, CTNC, BCHN®

Xiaoyun Pan is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition, a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, and Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach. 

Xiaoyun is committed to helping busy professionals who are struggling with declining health and feel lost in the jungle of nutrition information to cut through all the noise and hypes, discover their unique healing path, and pave the way to build solid nutritional foundations, so they can overcome health challenges, enhance performance, and stay on top of their game!”


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