Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind, and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.
Functional Nutrition Defined
A nutrition-based care that is focused on building health by restoring the proper physiological functioning of the body. When you have multiple symptoms they are clues to the ways in which your body is not functioning the way it should be. Rather than suppress those symptoms with natural or pharmaceutical agents, we want to “read” those symptoms to understand which systems of your body need support to get back on track and get you healthy again. By looking at your whole picture — diet, symptoms, illness history, medications, lifestyle, toxic exposure, history of antibiotic use, stress, lab work, etc., we are able to put together an overall plan. That plan serves as an overall map of the nutrition your body needs to regain health and prevent illness.
What Is Included
Functional nutrition is about harnessing the power of food to re-establish a healthy ecosystem within the body. This is a great first step to take if you are brand new to nutrition and want to learn how to optimize your diet to feel your best. This type of nutrition is wonderful for athletes looking to take their performance to the next level or for those who are healthy but want to take a preventative approach to aging. A functional nutrition session is an interactive experience wherein you are able to explore your relationship with food and your body while also learning how to use food as medicine.
Shonna Kempter is a Certified Holistic Practitioner and Functional Nutritionist with additional certifications in:
- Plant-based nutrition
- Raw nutrition
As well as professional training in:
- Herbal medicine
- Dietary supplements
- Stress management
She has adopted a holistic, fad-free approach to nutrition and wellness that focuses on identifying the root cause of system imbalances to help you find the best diet, lifestyle and exercise routine to help your body, mind and spirit heal and function optimally.
Her four-point approach to wellness focuses on food, lifestyle, environment, and proper supplementation to boost your immune system, optimize digestion, increase energy and rebuild your resistance to disease, pain, stress, anxiety and negative emotions. Shonna recognizes the body, mind, and spirit as a whole and practices a multidisciplinary approach to improve nutrient absorption, genetic expression and increase your resilience and recovery from stress, disease, illness, and injury.
Shonna partners with you to create a long-term, sustainable plan that works with your:
- Food preferences
- Unique biochemistry
Along with nutritional consultations, Shonna offers a variety of functional lab tests including:
- Intracellular micronutrients
- Nutrigenomic analysis
- igG food allergies
- Gut microbiota
Performing these tests ensure you are getting the most personalized nutrition plan possible.
Commonly Asked Questions
I believe there are a lot of beneficial diet plans out there, and they all offer good general health guidelines, but none of them can tell you which diet and lifestyle are best for you. To find the You Diet, we look at your lifestyle and daily routine, symptoms and in-depth lab work to customize a diet and lifestyle plan that is unique to you — that is going to be the most beneficial and restorative for your body at this time in your life. We are all biochemically individual, there is no one-size-fits-all diet plan that is going to be perfect for everyone. I can have five people with the same symptoms, but with different lifestyles and triggers, the sources of the symptoms may not be the same. My goal is to remove triggers, add in supportive food and supplements, remove toxins and support detox pathways so that your body can naturally regain balance.
As we’re allowing our bodies to heal and repair, we remove trigger foods that are keeping our bodies inflamed and causing unwanted symptoms. Elimination diets can be very beneficial because they isolate these trigger foods so that we can remove them for a longer period of time. The goal is always to reintroduce foods so that you have the most varied diet possible. During reintroduction, we find the foods that you are intolerant or sensitive to, which often times have to be eliminated or reduced in the long-term so that you can achieve optimal health.
Together we will come up with a customized supplementation plan based on your diet and lifestyle as well as intracellular micronutrient testing. Supplementation needs may change every 3-6 months based on lab work and symptom changes as we improve your diet and lifestyle.
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