Functional Nutritional Therapy

What is Functional Nutritional Therapy?

 

“Nutritional Medicine” or “Nutritional Therapy” is a system of healing based on the belief that food, in its whole and natural form, provides the substance needed to obtain and maintain a vibrant state of health.

Nutritional Therapy uses food and natural supplements to prevent and reverse diseases that plague most western societies: diabetes, obesity, heart disease, arthritis, and depression. In order for food to be therapeutic, it must be nutrient-dense, measured in part by the nutrients and anti-nutrients, contained in consumed foods.

Nutrients are plant and animal sources providing macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat), micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, probiotics), and fiber. They are whole and unprocessed vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, whole grains, and raw nuts/seeds. Free range, grass-fed organic meat, dairy, eggs, and wild fish also qualify.

Anti-Nutrients are food products that have no biological necessity. Though edible, these are not considered “food”: high fructose corn sweetener, sugars, artificial sweeteners, highly processed and hydrogenated fats, refined flour products, preservatives, and additives. Further, some critical nutrients become anti-nutrients when consumed in excess. For example, while our biological salt need is as low as 250 mg/day, the US recommended allowance (RDA) of salt is under 2400 mg and Americans often consume more than 3500 mg/day. Thus, salt intake within the RDA limits is considered an anti-nutrient.

Nutritional Therapy is also concerned with the way that foods are prepared and delivered for consumption. In order for foods to be therapeutically beneficial, the appropriate micro- and macronutrients must be delivered in a nutritionally dense format without contaminants. While plants are the main source of micronutrients, nutrient content can be altered with improper handling. Fruits and vegetables picked before their peak ripeness contain fewer phytochemicals. These phytochemicals protect plants from all kinds of invaders, and when consumed, transfer these same protective advantages to the human body. Cooking and processing can further destroy vital properties of phytochemicals and antioxidants.

Who can benefit from Nutritional Therapy?

Digestive health

  • IBS/IBD, colitis, parasites, gut bacteria, bloating etc.

  • Leaky gut

  • Food sensitivities and intolerance’s

  • Stool testing & blood testing

Blood sugar balancing

  • Custom 6 week Sugar Detox Program 

 

Hormonal support

  • Adrenals, thyroid and sex hormones 

Meet Danielle Hively

Danielle is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner™, Holistic Health Coach, and Personal Trainer.

 

"I love cooking and baking, I’m obsessed with cannoli’s, and I have a new found love for yoga.

 

As an FNTP I enjoy helping my patients find balance and freedom, while creating lasting relief by addressing the root cause of their various conditions.

My goal as a practitioner is to have you feeling your absolute best by the time we are finished working together. Through your personalized “roadmap” we will walk through: the foundations of health, lower inflammation, open drainage pathways, detox the body of toxic substances and fortify the body to create lasting resilience. We will set short and long term goals, check in monthly to analyze signs and symptoms and use functional lab testing to measure your progress.

 

My practice is dedicated to educating, motivating, and empowering others on how to break the cycle of the “quick fix” and “one size fits all” diet. We are all unique individuals and what works for one person is not necessarily going to work for the next. I believe in bio-individual nutrition; i.e. listening to your body and taking the time to discover what foods work best for you."

Restore Therapy Spa
914 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
RestoreTherapySpa@gmail.com
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