Functional Nutrition ● Definition and Tips
by Joana Teixeira on Feb 22, 2021
If you have never heard of this type of approach, let's try to summarize: we all have different histories, metabolisms and biological rhythms. The goal of Functional Nutrition is to help your body to function in the best way, making you feel good, full and healthy.
And what does this mean in practice?
In Functional Nutrition we believe that each person is unique, with their physical, emotional and mental characteristics and that they may have different reactions to certain types of food. We also take into account the environment in which the person lives, what their lifestyle is, their limitations and factors in favor of a healthy diet, among other conditions that are fundamental in the prescription of an eating plan.
We also believe that the food itself is important, not only for the calories it provides, but also for its properties, nutrients and effects on our body. We know that each food presents different characteristics and impacts, in different people and that, at times, we can enhance the therapeutic effect of a food when we combine it with another, as is the case, for example, of the immune trio ginger + turmeric + black pepper.
We also believe in food as the prevention of diseases and pathologies and not just as treatment. Have you ever wondered how many times you suffer from headaches, insomnia, mental and physical fatigue, stomach pains and bloating? Have you ever considered the option that it may be related to some food that you eat and that may be the basis of this constant discomfort?
So, although there are different recommendations depending on each person, we have, however, some tips that are transversal to all people and that you can already start following, before consulting a Functional Nutritionist:
- drink about 1.5L to 2L of water a day
- avoid foods that come in packages
- Give primacy to natural ingredients
- If you feel any discomfort, start recording what you ate on those days and evaluate later in consultation
- At this time when immune boosting is essential, we also recommend that you enrich your diet with foods with anti-inflammatory actions such as: ginger, teas / infusions, turmeric + black pepper, cocoa.
If you are curious and would like to schedule a functional nutrition consultation, click on here.