In functional nutrition, you become the key to figuring out what is going on in your body. Your unique story reveals your unique path of responses to factors and events in your life and how those are being expressed. By uncovering this path, you and your health team can discover your particular pathway to wellness and vitality. Each symptom, diagnoses, event, exposure and factor contributes a puzzle piece that let’s your story unfold and direct “the next step.”
Humans are more than 99% genetically identical. So how you might ask are you unique? Genetic makeup, microbiome, and toxic exposures are a few ways that one human is different from another. Yes, environmental impact from toxin exposure influences your story. Your genetic environment is influenced by your current (and past) dietary and lifestyle choices. You may not be able to control the toxins around you or your unique genetic makeup, but you can control what you eat and how you manage stress.
I know some of you may have taken the 23andme genetic test. I’m sure you were overwhelmed by the vast array of information that it spewed out. However, I want you to remember that your genes can be expressed or not. Just because you carry a gene doesn’t mean it will be turned on and create symptoms or a disease. Your lifestyle and food choices can and will influence your genetic code positively or negatively depending on the gene. As some say, “genes load the gun, environment pulls the trigger.” Be careful of following one-size-fits all protocols or recommendations based on one allele also called a SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) or biomarker. According to Andrea Nakayama of Functional Nutrition Alliance, “when we look at test results that show us our genetic makeup and occurrence of variants in our genes, know that we’re viewing what’s possible, not what’s probable.” 
Have you ever heard of the term bio-individuality? If you break down this “big” word, you first see the prefix “bio-.” Bio- is Greek for life. The root word is “individuality,” which means qualities and characteristics that make one person different from another person. Bioindividuality recognizes that each person is unique with individualized nutritional requirements based on his/her unique body, age, and lifestyle. Simply put, what works for one of my clients may or may not work for another client, even if they have the same or similar symptoms.
You’re as unique as your fingerprint. Thus, so should any health protocols being used to guide you to a healthier you. Understanding that means, as your holistic nutritional practitioner, I can help one person at a time to heal, function, and thrive. Trust that your story is worth unraveling and figuring out how to best tackle your healing journey.
When I work with my clients, I emphasize that I cannot and do not offer quick fixes, silver bullets or one-size-fits-all approaches. Each person’s root cause varies and is unique to that person’s body, even if his/her symptoms, disease or diagnoses is not. How you arrived at your current health dilemma is unique to you, so how you restore your health is also distinctive to you.
In my practice, I use a variety of strategic tools to guide my digging, deciphering and discovering for each particular client. With these tools, I begin to figure out where to start the healing process.
Are you ready to begin the healing work in your body? If so, let’s schedule a free Discovery Chat this week. How? Call Brenda at 403.801.5698 or email to schedule yours today.
 “10 Tips to Master Your Genetics,” Functional Nutrition Alliance, www.replendishpdx.com