What is functional nutrition, and why is it different from other nutrition counseling? 

Functional nutrition focuses on the individual instead of the disease and uses a root-cause approach. It is very important to acknowledge that what works for one person may not work for another. 

Often, people turn to functional nutrition when they have tried all other avenues for healing. 

By looking at genetics, epigenetics (lifestyle and environmental factors), and inflammation, a functional nutrition practitioner can make suggestions based on a timeline of information. Your individual ROADMAP! 

After all, we are all unique, all things matter, and everything is connected. 

Are you struggling with sugar cravings, sleep issues, weight gain no matter how hard you try, pain, brain fog, hormonal issues, acne/eczema/psoriasis, depression, anxiety, IBS, autoimmunity, debilitating headaches, and so on? 

If so, you should dig deeper to find the root cause. Some include the following: 

  • Stress 
  • Parasites 
  • Low stomach acid and lack of digestive enzymes leading to Candida overgrowth and SIBO 
  • Opportunistic Pathogenic Bacteria 
  • Lack of commensals, good bacteria 
  • Blood sugar imbalance 
  • Mold 
  • Lyme disease 
  • Celiac or Gluten Sensitivity 
  • MTHFR and COMT polymorphisms 
  • Mercury amalgams and fillings 
  • Heavy Metals 
  • Gut issues due to medications and birth control 
  • Mineral and vitamin deficiencies 
  • Sleep Apnea 
  • Medication Side Effects 
  • And the list goes on! 

It’s also important to note: If you’re not sleeping or pooping, you’re not detoxing! There are key steps and tools to help ensure we optimize every part of life. 

Sundara Wellness’ nutrition team Cody Giovannetti RDN, LDN, CLS and Audrey MPS; CFNC can help you find answers and healing by using a functional nutrition approach. Whether you are dealing with gut issues, hormone imbalances, metabolic health issues, inflammation, food sensitivities, or chronic diseases like autoimmunity, Cody and Audrey can help optimize your health and nutrition based on individual genetics, lifestyle, and more. 

They dig deeper by asking the right questions, offering testing, educating on nutrition and detoxification, as well as optimizing lifestyle and managing stress levels. 

They also strongly believe in outsourcing and working with medical, mental, and health professionals and doctors to come up with the best plan forward. At Sundara Wellness, there is a team of providers to help along the journey, including acupuncture, pelvic floor physical therapy, acupuncture, reiki, sound healing, somatic bodywork, massage, lactation support, and more. 

You can book with our nutrition team by going to Sundarawellness.com

Audrey Stimpson is a Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor at Sundara Wellness, specializing in gut-brain health, ADHD, autism, autoimmune, and hormonal imbalances. For more information, email Audrey at audrey@sundarawellness.com or on Instagram at @audreystimpson.