Functional Nutrition - September 26th, 2022 Episode

Updated: Oct 17

Why nutrition?

Biochemical nutrition is one of the foundations of health, the other being consciousness

Functional medicine’s Core belief is that a comprehensive approach to healthcare MUST include clinical nutrition

  • Nutrition – environmental factor influences Jean expression and phenotypic expression

  • Nutrients – act as biological response modifiers

  • Health of the molecular soup of the body depends on genes’ interactions with macronutrients and micronutrients and conditionally essential nutrients. Today's health challenges and age-related "diseases" are directly related to mismatch between the dietary and lifestyle habits and genetic predisposition. Heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes mellitus, many cancers, digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, neurologic degenerative conditions and numerous endocrine and immune problems are linked to an inappropriate nutrition.

Why functional?

Functional medicine provides a conceptual shift:

Standard thinking – you need "X" grams of fiber per day for healthy living

Functional thinking – what roles does fiber have? What type of fiber is in the specific food? Which fiber is good for this specific person?

Molecules have purpose and we need to respect that

What is functional medicine?

Science based healthcare:

  • Biochemical individuality

  • Dynamic balance of internal and external factors

  • Web like Internet connection of physiological factors

  • Health as vitality

  • Organ reserve

What happens when there is a mismatch between nutrition and energy individuals unique physiology?

Core clinical imbalances

  • Digestive, absorptive and microbiomic

  • Detoxification and biotransformation

  • Oxidation-reduction and mitochondropathy

  • Hormone and neurotransmitter

  • Immune and inflammatory

  • Structural: from cell to organ

Emotional trauma and disordered eating

Mindful eating



  • Fructose

  • High fructose corn syrup

  • Inulin and FOS

  • Resistant starch/undigestible starch

  • Dietary fiber

Carbohydrate metabolism

  • Maldigestion

  • Blood glucose

Proteins and amino acids

  • Essential amino acids

  • Nonessential amino acids

  • Proteins and peptides

Oxidative stress – NAC

Glutamine – NMDA receptors

Detoxification and sulfate


  • Cell membranes

  • Classes

  • Arachidonic acid

  • Sterile

  • Short chain fatty acids

  • Medium chain fatty acids and medium chain triglycerides



  • Structure and function - vitamins are not generally used in the ingested form. They are converted to their cofactor forms.

  • Classes

  • Insufficiency, deficiency, individual physiology

  • DRI - Daily reference intakes: relevant values based on reference standards. EAR (estimated average requirement- meets needs of 50% of the healthy population) RDA (recommended daily allowance - should cover needs of 90% of healthy) AI (adequate intake - experimentally determined intake for healthy) TUL (tolerable upper limit - highest amount with no adverse events)

  • Water soluble

  • B1 thiamine - Brewers yeast, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, pine nuts, peanuts with red skins, Brazil nuts, pork, pecans

  • B2 riboflavin - Brewers yeast, liver, kidneys, giblets, almonds, wheat germ, wild rice, mushrooms

  • B3 niacin - Brewers yeast, rice bran, wheat bran, peanuts with skin, liver, turkey, chicken, trout, halibut, mackerel

  • B5 pantothenic acid - Brewers yeast, liver, kidneys, peanuts, heart, mushrooms, pecans, eggs, oats, buckwheat

  • B6 pyridoxine - Tory Ula and brewers yeast, sunflower seeds, tuna, liver, soy beans, walnuts, salmon, trout

  • B12 cobalamin - liver, clams, kidneys, oysters, sardines, heart, egg yolk, Trout, tuna, salmon

  • Folic acid - Brewers yeast, black-eyed peas, rice germ, soy, wheat, liver, kidney beans, mung beans, lima beans

  • Biotin - Brewers east, liver, soy, rice, egg yolk, peanut butter, walnuts, barley, pecans, oatmeal, sardines

  • Vitamin C - hey Sorola, red chili peppers, guavas, red sweet peppers, kale, parsley, collard, turnip greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, mustard greens

  • Fat-soluble

  1. 10.Vitamin E - wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, safflower oil, almonds, sesame oil, peanut oil, olive oil, butter, spinach, oatmeal

  2. 11.Vitamin A - liver, Chile peppers, dandelion greens, carrots, apricots, collard greens, kale, sweet potatoes, parsley, spinach, mustard greens, Swiss chard, beet greens

  3. 12.Vitamin D - sardines, salmon, tuna, shrimp, butter, sunflower seeds, liver, eggs, mushrooms, natural cheese (milk only if fortified)

  4. 13.Vitamin K - turnip greens, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, liver, spinach, watercress, asparagus, cheese, butter, oats


  • Calcium - Kelp, cheese, Collards and turnip greens, Almond, parsley, tortillas

  • Phosphorus - yeast, pumpkin seeds, Sunflower and sesame seeds, cheese, liver

  • Magnesium - Kelp, wheat bran&germ, cashews, Millet, spinach, coconut, figs

  • Sodium chloride potassium - Pulse, help, sunflower seeds, almond, raisin, parsley, avocado, carrots, celery, cantaloup, mushrooms

  • Chromium - Brewers yeast, Beef, calf liver, whole wheat, oysters, hen’s eggs

  • Zinc - oysters, ginger, steak, lamb, pecans, liver, oats, sardines,

  • Copper - Oysters, brazil nuts, soy lecithin, almonds, liver, buckwheat, olive oil

  • Iodine - Seafood, beef liver, pineapple, eggs, milk, cheese, pork, spinach, raisin

  • Iron - Kelp, brewer yeast, molasses, pumpkin seeds, prunes, raisins, beef, beans, dates, eggs, ripe olives

  • Manganese - pecan, brazil nuts, almonds, barley, rye, buckwheat, spinach, oats, raisins turnip greens

  • Molybdenum - Lentils, liver, split peas, cauliflower, brewers yeast, brown rice, garlic, oats

  • Selenium - butter, herring, wheat germ, brazil nuts, ACV, scallops, barley, swiss chard, lobster and shrimp

  • Vanadium - buckwheat, parsley, soy, eggs, sunflower and safflower oils, olive oil, carrots, cabbage garlic

  • Boron - our water in SW florida


Nutrients for increasing mitochondrial deficiency

  • Coenzyme Q 10

  • Lipoic acid

  • Vitamin E

  • L carnitine

  • B complex vitamins

  • Vitamin K

  • N-acetylcysteine and/or glutathione

  • Creatine