Rebecca is a North Carolina Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist with a Master of Science Degree in Integrative Health and Nutrition. She practices Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in the Integrative/Holistic and Functional style.
Integrative or Holistic Nutrition refers to the natural approach to a healthy diet and considers the individual as a whole, including all aspects of lifestyle. This natural approach incorporates emotional, spiritual and physical health to create a state of well-being for optimum health. A holistic approach to proper nutrition encourages education on basic nutrition to develop a holistic diet that incorporates natural and organic foods, natural holistic supplements and food treatments for chronic health conditions.
Functional Nutrition is nutrition-based care that is focused on supporting the source of the symptoms, not the symptoms themself, as seen in most Western medical practices. Functional Nutrition care focuses on building health by restoring proper physiological functioning of the body. Multiple symptoms through the body, are clues that can be used to find where and how the body or body system(s) aren't functioning the way it should be. Rather than suppress those symptoms with natural or pharmaceutical agents, we want to “read” those symptoms to understand which systems of your body need support.
Using Integrative and Functional techniques and by looking at your whole picture -- diet, symptoms, illness history, medications, lifestyle, toxic exposure, history of antibiotic use, stress, lab work, etc., we are able to put together an overall plan. That plan serves as overall map of the nutrition your body needs to regain health and prevent illness.