What is Functional Nutrition?

Food nourishes the health of the many different types of cells that make you who you are. Functional nutrition, as a foundation of functional medicine, is a type of dietetics that is concerned with optimal physiological functioning of your cells. When your cells are nourished with the right foods, the root causes of your symptoms are addressed.

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Functional nutrition, as a prevention-oriented approach to your healthcare, concentrates on finding and fixing root causes of your symptoms through proper nutrition.

Traditional healthcare typically treats patients who are complaining of multiple symptoms in a way that addresses each symptom independently. Functional nutrition, on the other hand, seeks to determine if the multiple symptoms can be attributed to a single root cause, and addresses that root cause through proper cellular nourishing.

Individuals vary as to the imbalances that may be occurring within their individual systems. Functional medicine and functional nutrition strive to recognize the best approach for the individual. Such imbalances can include, as examples:

  • Inflammation
  • Hormones
  • Digestive and microbial factors
  • Varying levels and types of toxicity

These can lead to chronic diseases such as

  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Auto-immune diseases

Functional nutrition seeks to identify underlying factors such as imbalances and improper diets and rebuild or repair them with the biochemical and metabolic benefits of proper nutrients.

What are the Principles of Functional Nutrition?functional nutrition.

Functional nutrition…

  • Takes into account a person’s environment, genetics, and lifestyle when determining solutions that are nutrition-based.
  • Formulates solutions from the perspective that health and disease exist on a continuum.
  • Connects system imbalances with a disease’s root cause.
  • Is an important part of integrative, collaborative functional medicine.


Contact Your Chiropractor in Rittenhouse Square Today

At Rittenhouse Square Chiropractic, we deliver all the best care to our patients. We can help you optimize your body’s performance and meet your wellness goals. To get started or find out more, contact us today at (215) 546-1010 for an appointment. Let the doctor’s at Rittenhouse Square Chiropractic design an nutritional program especially for you.