Integrative and functional nutrition goes beyond basic dietary guidelines by incorporating digestive health and root causes for imbalance, while looking at environmental impact, genetic predisposition, physiological and psychological factors for disease. Internal and external factors are taken into consideration to assess an appropriate intervention, and recommendations are individualized for every person’s unique needs.
Our integrative dietitian combines her training in medical nutrition therapy with components of integrative and functional medicine, often blending multiple philosophies into one cohesive plan. Collaboration and communication between the dietitian, patient and other healthcare providers involved in the patient’s care is critical. We work together as a team to find a whole foods plan that may include supplementation and/or herbs, to best meet the unique needs of each patient.
You will receive a thorough nutrition assessment at your initial hour-long visit. Together, we will review your health history, food and supplement intake, digestive health, food allergies or intolerances, and health goals. By the end of your visit, you will have a clear understanding of the steps necessary to achieve your goals. We will then work together to determine a follow-up schedule to routinely assess your progress and make adjustments as needed.
How nutrition can help you:
Working with an integrative dietitian to improve your nutritional status and digestive health is an important component when addressing an array of chronic conditions and health goals. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Neurodevelopmental issues, such as autism or ADHD
- Cancer prevention and support
- Diabetes management
- Weight management
- Autoimmune conditions
- Gastrointestinal conditions, such as IBS, colitis or Crohn’s disease
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Food allergies or intolerances
- Mood imbalances
What the research is showing:
Research has found positive effects of nutrition intervention on many medical conditions in various age groups. This has been particularly true in the areas of overweight and obesity, diabetes and heart health.
Studies demonstrate that the inclusion of nutrition intervention and counseling by a registered dietitian as part of a healthcare team resulted in significant improvements in weight and BMI, blood sugar markers, blood pressure and serum lipids. Additionally, nutrition intervention has shown positive effect on cancer survivorship and tolerance to treatment, improved inflammatory markers in autoimmune conditions, and improved behavior and attention in children with neurodevelopmental issues with underlying food intolerances.
Our integrative dietician is:
Please visit our Appointments page to schedule a visit.
Resources / References
- Complete Food and Nutrition Guide by Roberta Larson Duyff
- Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen
- Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
- Staying Healthy with Nutrition by Elson Haas
- Hebert JR, Ebbeling CB, Ockene IS, Ma Y, Rider L, Merriam PA, Ockene JK, Saperia GM. A dietitian-delivered group nutrition program leads to reductions in dietary fat, serum cholesterol, and body weight: the Worcester Area Trial for Counseling in Hyperlipidemia (WATCH). J Am Diet Assoc. 1999; 99 (5): 544-552.
- Holmes AL, Sanderson B, Maisiak R, Brown A, Bittner V. Dietitian services are associated with improved patient outcomes and the MEDFICTS dietary assessment questionnaire is a suitable outcome measure in cardiac rehabilitation. J Am Diet Assoc. 2005; 105 (10): 1, 533-1, 540.
- Willett WC. Balancing life-style and genomics research for disease prevention. Science. 2002; 296: 695-698.
- Cerhan JR, Potter JD, Gilmore JM, Janney CA, Kushi LH, Lazovich D, Anderson KE, Sellers TA, Folsom AR. Adherence to the AICR cancer prevention recommendations and subsequent morbidity and mortality in the Iowa Women’s Health Study cohort. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2004; 13:1114-1120.