Functional Wellness/Diagnostic Nutrition
by Jessica Rubin FDN-P
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) is a methodology used to recover and maintain the best health possible. Through this method, we investigate underlying causes of unwanted conditions including lifestyle, the environment, and individual weak links in metabolism. We investigate dysfunction and imbalances within the hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification and energy production systems and the application of all-natural protocols that work non-specifically.
By working together to build function in these areas, and actively preventing contributors to Metabolic Chaos, we find many symptoms and diseases simply disappear over time as normal function and health are restored. For most chronic stress-related conditions, FDN is all a client needs to do to get better. For those with a serious medical condition, FDN is a proven stabilizer and holistic grounding program, adjunctive to the medical attention they may receive.
Our customizable FDN Health Success protocols positively affect every cell, tissue, organ, and system (the entire organism), strengthening weak links in metabolism and restoring healthy function. In thousands of cases, we’ve shown that guided by functional lab work, general principles of health building can outperform specific treatments.
In a nutshell, The FDN Plan is a four-step program that begins with comprehensive lab testing to determine the root cause of any ailments/symptoms our clients may be faced with. From there, we create a health plan based on the test results and our client’s history. We then work together as a team to help our clients integrate the plan into their lifestyle. The plan incorporated diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction, and nutrient supplementation.
What is Functional Diagnostic Nutrition?
When beginning with FDN, in order to detect the root cause of most symptoms, we must get a full overview of what is going on within the body. With the combination of health history and the results of applicable lab tests, we can find the cause of many symptoms including fatigue, bloating, weight loss, weight gain, anxiety, etc. From finding the cause, we can then address the issue holistically.
Examples of Lab Testing Offered:
Adrenal Stress and Hormone Profile (Urine): Evaluates Steroidal Hormone Balance & pathways, gives us clues about hidden stressors and hormonal malfunctions. The hormone test panels provide you with detailed information on how adrenal and sex hormones are being produced and metabolized in the body.
Mineral + Heavy Metal Analysis (Hair): Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis testing ensures that you have adequate amounts of essential nutrient minerals and that their relationships to one another (ratios) are optimal. The HTMA also alerts you to any toxic metal levels in your body.
Gastro-Intestinal Screen (Stool): includes markers for gluten sensitivity, inflammation in the gut, immunity in the gut, pancreatic enzyme sufficiency, and occult blood. It also looks for the presence of pathogens – including H Pylori and other bacteria, parasites, worms, and viruses – in the gastrointestinal tract.
Food and Chemical Sensitivity Test (Blood): Tests for 150 food and chemical allergies and sensitivities and indicates the level of reactivity.
Meet Your Practitioner: Jessica Rubin FDN-P
“My journey in the field of health began when I started teaching fitness classes in high school. Although I initially began this career because of an interest in fitness alone, my interest quickly shifted into a passion for developing overall health. In this epiphany, I immediately shifted to a plant-based whole food diet, participated in countless health courses and seminars, and developed a strong yoga/meditation practice. Over the years, I have versed myself in countless health research, personal experiments, trial and error, etc on a mission to find what really works, and once I came across Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, I became confident that I can successfully help more people achieve optimal health than just myself.
The thing is, we are all subjecting ourselves to certain triggers for “Metabolic Chaos” in our daily lives. Whether it be the toxins in the air we breathe, the water we drink, or foods we consume. In this day in age, this is something that is near impossible to stay away from entirely. However, through my practices of educating my clients on subtle tweaks we can make to their health routine, I have found enormous success. I can tell you firsthand that when we are caught in the vicious cycle of trial and error, it can feel endless, stressful, and at times hopeless. That is why, with FDN, we get to the bottom of things right away. Together, we will work to find the root cause of your symptoms, and then we will address them. Simple as that.”