Functional Diagnostic Nutrition
What is it?
As some of know I’ve been studying to get my certification in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN). So, I thought I would tell you a little about the program and how excited I am about the services I can now to offer clients.
FDN Mission: “Our mission is to teach as many people as possible how to get well and stay well naturally so they, in turn, may educate others.”
My goal is always, first and foremost, to get everyone eating a healthful diet of whole unprocessed nutrient-dense foods that work for their unique metabolism. That, in itself, works to turn around many many health issues. But sometimes it isn’t always enough. We live in a world of chronic stress (internal and external) that can put us at risk for chronic diseases. Stress can start out with mild symptoms that most of us don’t even relate to stress (digestive, immune, fatigue issues), and if not handled correctly can get ugly and turn into the culprit of many underlying illnesses.That’s where FDN comes in. As an Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner I now have the tools to dig much deeper to find hidden internal stressors and what the root cause of those are. What they do is assess the functions and pathways of the hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification and intestinal barrier systems. Basically, everything we need to have running smoothly for optimal health.
Here are the tests I can now run for clients:
- Adrenal Stress Profile (Salivary)
- Evaluates Steroidal Hormone Balance & pathways
- Gives us clues about hidden stressors and other malfunctions
- Metabolic Assessment Profile (Urine)
- Intestinal Barrier Function Test (Salivary)
- Assesses the mucosal surface integrity in the gut for antibodies and chronic infection
- GI Pathogen Screen (Stool)
- Intestinal microflora screen – tests parasites and pathogens
- Signet Mediator Release Test
- Tests for 150 food and chemical allergies
The program also encourages a MetabolicTyping Diet, which I started following about a month ago. I’ve noticed a definite change in the way I feel after eating to my Metabolic Type (Fast-Oxidizer)…less bloating/gassiness. I also dropped a few pounds by adding more of the foods I assimilate better like high purine proteins and more good quality fat (butter!). Pretty awesome, right. Amazing how taking out and adding/emphasizing certain foods in your diet can make such a difference. I’m liking it so much my next step is to get certified as a Metabolic Typing Advisor. If I’ve learned anything in all my nutrition studies, it’s solidified that one diet (Vegetarian, Paleo, South Beach, Atkins, etc…) does not work for everyone. Even when eating a clean whole food diet there are foods that work very well with your unique body type and foods (even whole foods) that may not be what your body needs at that time.
Anyhow, that is what has been keeping me busy lately!