Functional Nutrition takes a Personal Holistic Approach to Medicine
By treating food as medicine, prioritizing nutrition is an essential part of treating and preventing disease.
Functional nutrition is a holistic approach that aims to discover and assess the underlying factors contributing to health issues. Our nutritionists perceive the body as a unified, interconnected system. By tailoring your dietary choices to your needs and goals, you can enhance your body’s overall well-being.
Curis believes that every individual is unique, and their nutritional needs should reflect such. Our mission is to guide you on a journey towards optimal well-being by carefully assessing your specific requirements, lifestyle, and health goals. We focus on creating a sustainable, balanced nutrition plan that not only addresses immediate concerns but also sets the foundation for long-term wellness.
With evidence-based practices and a commitment to your success, we empower you to make informed choices about your nutrition, leading to a healthier, happier, and more vibrant life. Your well-being is at the heart of our approach, and Curis is here to support you every step of the way.
Appointments with a nutritionist are much more in-depth than an allopathic, or conventional, appointment. A nutritionist offers a detailed intake and review of your nutritional history and goals. To better understand your overall bodily health, our nutritionists will order a series of specialty labs to get a comprehensive overview of how your body is performing.
Through these specialty labs, our team of nutritionists is able to identify certain markers or indications of disease. By catching these signs early, nutritionists have a better chance at reversing or stopping disease progression altogether.
In addition to looking at these labs, nutritionists look at other factors like diet, genetics, hormonal changes, environmental factors, and other lifestyle components as potential causes and treatments for patients’ diseases. With this assessment, nutritionists can support each individual and their expression of health.
Most patients who see a nutritionist have a chronic condition. Some patients who have a “mystery illness” – which allopathic medicine has no diagnosis – request guidance from a nutritionist. Others who seek out a nutritionist aim for a more holistic and natural approach to their healthcare.
Nutritionists are like personal medical investigators, equipped to solve complex and multifaceted health issues. Examples include:
At Curis, patients will typically work with their nutritionists over the course of several months to address their root cause diagnosis. By implementing changes in nutrition and lifestyle, plus specific supplement protocols, nutritionists strive to help the body heal.
A nutritionist ideally has either a Bachelor or Master’s degree in Nutrition. A nutritionist can also have a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in nutrition.
Different credentials, such as certified nutrition specialist (CNS) or certified/clinical nutritionist (CN) depend on how many years of education and training you have.
For instance, the Board of Certification for Nutrition Specialists regulates the CNS certification, in which you must complete a certain amount of experience to be eligible.
Nutritionists are not the same as registered dietitians (RDs). The main difference is registered dietitians require more education and credentials. Depending on your state’s regulations, it’s illegal to call yourself a dietitian without proper credentials.