Have you been using Dr. Google for a while now? Do you find yourself reading tons of health blogs (like this one!) but still having lingering symptoms? Are you confused about what is healthy and right for YOU?
Don’t worry! That’s normal!
For many of us, the path the greater health starts with self-exploration and private research. We find great blogs and books with scientific evidence, recipes, and advice.
We try to discern and decipher this advice for ourselves, and for a while it works. We feel better and our symptoms abate somewhat.
But over time, many of us find that we can’t hone in on those last few lingering symptoms. We simply need expert help.
That’s why we are so excited to be offering consulting services with a functional nutritionist, Amber Fischer, MS. She’s provided this post below to help acquaint you with three big ways she can help you back to optimal health. If you’re interested in learning more about her or what working with her is like, find her here.
#1 An Expert, Outside Perspective
A functional nutritionist is someone who looks deeply at the root causes of disease and dysfunction in the body and helps you improve your health from the inside out. We aren’t interested in covering up symptoms, but rather targeting those root cause issues and getting to the bottom of your problems.
One big way working with a functional nutritionist can help you is by giving you an expert, outside perspective on your problems. So often, we are blind to the very things that are distressing our bodies. Whether it be too much or too little exercise, a possible cortisol or hormonal imbalance, a food sensitivity, or many other things.
In my experience, we often need that outside perspective to help us discover what is really going on, and admit it to ourselves.
A functional nutritionist looks at your unique history and experiences and spends time talking with you about what has led up to this point. We don’t spend 15 minutes with you and send you on your way, we really want to deeply understand and know you so that we can truly help you.
We take that history and formulate an expert idea about what may be going on with you and then we filter that through our education and biochemistry background to formulate a unique plan for you.
#2 Hone in on issues
Because functional nutrition isn’t concerned with covering up symptoms, we understand how to look past symptoms that may be distracting you from the underlying cause.
Issues like hormonal imbalance typically indicate a deeper problem and when we use supplements and protocols designed to help manipulate those hormones, we miss the underlying reason the hormones have become unbalanced in the first place!
This is a skill that takes many years of vigorous education and experience to obtain. Functional nutritionists take numerous hours of advanced biochemistry, along with doing lots of research and seeing clients. This gives us a level of understanding and perspective that the average person just isn’t able to obtain.
When you need help figuring out your health goals, you will save time and money by going to an expert first.
#3 Unique functional testing and custom services
A functional nutritionist respects your story and intuition about what works and doesn’t work for YOU. We take your needs as a whole person into account before making nutrition recommendations. We offer customized plans and services for YOU.
We can also run some incredible functional testing that you won’t be able to get at your doctor’s office. Checking your adrenal gland rhythm, neurotransmitters, gastrointestinal tract, micronutrient status and more are all possible with a qualified practitioner.
These things may not seem that important, but knowing what is truly going on underneath can give you a world of information and perspective to help you attack lingering health issues.
If you’ve struggled with hormonal issues like PCOS, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, lingering weight issues, gastrointestinal issues, or anxiety and depression, I’m here to help.
If you’re interested in working with me through Paleo for Women, learn more about me here.