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What is Functional Nutrition?

Beyond basic fuel, how does food help generate health each day? You’ve perhaps heard of functional medicine, the medical care approach that takes a “systems” view of health by focusing on the origins of dysfunction in the body and the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. Functional nutrition fits within this framework to examine how food “functions” within our bodies to both provide nourishment but also to influence the body’s health (or disease) itself. Food is one of the most fundamental and potent inputs we give our bodies every day--a clear and impactful message to our biochemistry. It’s one of several powerful links between our internal and external environments. The insight itself is ancient. More than two thousand years ago, the Greek physician Hippocrates offered the famous quote, “Let medicine be thy food and thy food be thy medicine.” Today it’s a timeless rallying cry for advocates of real food nutrition. What should this mean for you?



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