by Christa Cummings | Mar 15, 2023 | Nutrition
What is HTMA?
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis uses a hair sample to provide information about the body’s use of minerals, stress load, and presence of toxins such as heavy metals. Unlike blood work which tells us what is happening at the moment of the draw within the blood, HTMA gives us a broader picture. HTMA allows us to see how the tissues have been using minerals and releasing toxins for the past 2-3 months giving us patterns that allow us to analyze oxidation rates, stress load, and give us insight into the support that the body needs to function better.
To be honest, I was blown away at what the HTMA results revealed for me. It confirmed some patterns I had suspected, but hadn’t been able to verify, and it even confirmed that the pattern of eating that I lean towards intuitively is optimal for my oxidation type. I am absolutely certain that this test will provide valuable insights into your health too. HTMA can give us a good foundation for next steps in your health journey, or the starting point in transforming your health.
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by Christa Cummings | Mar 8, 2023 | Nutrition
What is Functional Nutrition Counseling?
In a nutshell, functional nutrition counseling is a process of educating the counselee about how nutrition impacts the body in general and their body specifically. This knowledge allows them to move forward in reducing dysfunction, identifying symptoms, and creating an environment which allows the body to heal itself.
Functional nutrition is a bio-individual holistic approach to wellness focusing on food as medicine for you as a whole being. The practice of functional nutrition is similar to functional medicine – it is a person-centered rather than symptom-focused. Your body is a whole ecosystem, fearfully and wonderfully made, both complex and unique, and my goal is always to address the root causes of dysfunction and enable your body to improve its own functions.
Together we will consider activity levels, environment, current food practices, and the presence of disease or dysfunction in order to develop a plan to achieve your health goals. We will examine past treatments, lab work, and specialized testing. We will create an individualized plan to enable you to take control of your health at your own pace. Through education, food choices, supplements, and lifestyle changes you will learn about how your specific body works and take a series of small steps that result in big changes.
How does it work?
First, there is an intake process involving some paperwork documenting your health (current and past) and your goals. Depending on your needs, we can have a simple conversation about your current health, goals, and my recommendations for you to follow on your own, or we can have a detailed discussion involving detailed history and past treatments, lab work, etc., followed by a second session where we create an action plan and set up ongoing support. Your plan will focus on incorporating whole, real foods and gut health, and always taking into consideration your lifestyle outside of the kitchen.
What can Functional Nutrition Counseling do for me?
Functional nutrition counseling can teach you how to make small changes and get big results for symptoms such as gastrointestinal distress, skin issues, brain fog, energy levels, and pain. Learning how your body and food interact and becoming more aware of the signals your body is sending you allows you to become your own healthcare advocate and take control of your wellness journey.
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