Hey there, my name is Frankie Leigh, for those of you that I haven’t met yet and I am a Functional Nutritionist and the founder of Radiate Wellness.  Radiate Wellness is a client focused, client centered practice that brings Functional Nutrition to people in need. I love to decode complex conditions with simple and elegant solutions. 

What I want to share is why is Functional Nutrition is so crucial right now in these times. Especially, when we consider the overall collective stress that many of us are experiencing with the energy of radical movements and Covid-19 popping up at every turn. I would say we are experiencing this stress in more heightened amounts than we’ve ever experienced before. We are experiencing this stress as a collective.  

So, what does that have to do with Functional Nutrition and how can it help. One of the main things that functional nutrition brings is that the client is the center of the conversation. It brings the client’s experience, their health history, their emotional history, any stored trauma that they may have to the conversation. We start to see how these interplay and  how our emotional stress load, how our mental stress load, our physical stress load manifests into conditions or dis-ease in the body. When our health team sees us as integrated, we start to see ourselves this way. 

As Functional Nutritionists, we are educators first and foremost. It is our job to help our clients understand themselves as integrated by looking at the different body systems and how they actually work together to nourish and support one another. When our body systems are  given the right support we have the possibility to feel good in our bodies again.  It’s our job to educate about the things that are getting in the way of that co-support within the body. What are the things that are causing stress that are gunking up the system. What are the things that are not allowing our bodies to do what they do best, which is to work in homeostasis, to work in balance. That is where our bodies always want to be. Together, we bring out and uncover the things that are keeping the body from being able to do that. 

Six systems that I look at and focus on in my practice are: the hormonal system, the immune system, the detoxification system, digestion of course, also our energy production, and our nervous system. You can probably imagine that in these six systems of the body, not  a single one of them acts on its own. They are all integrated. 

The thing I really love about bringing this to light, is that once you know this, the skill is not short lived. It’s something that actually will stay with you into your future. For every single doctor you hire, for every specialist you have to see, you will be able to come with that perspective. And with that integrated lens, you will know what your body needs to not only decrease the stressors, but also increase and support the things that are bringing vitality back into the body. So, it’s an education that travels with you throughout life, from that point forward. 

This is absolutely necessary right now. To be our own best health advocates, to be able to know our bodies in this more intricate and detailed way, serves our ongoing and lifelong health journey.

In my practice, I make these missing links of healthcare really convenient. Through a closed loop system with 100% virtual sessions,  I’m fortunate to be able to work with women throughout the United States. I am able to fill the gaps and connect to places that I consider health deserts, where there are not integrated care providers or naturopaths or Functional Medicine doctors available. Radiate Wellness brings affordable and concise practices that help women have more energy, clarity and vitality.  I provide this with  the utmost efficiency. I provide specific functional testing that look at the six systems of the body to understand what is going on beneath the surface. We get beneath the diagnosis and understand what is happening on the inside. These kits are  shipped directly to you. They come directly to your door, and from there you are able to fulfill them  in the privacy of your own home, send them back to the lab, and the lab then sends the results to me. So it’s a very closed loop system, very efficient, and very specific to what your needs are. 

It’s my job as a functional nutritionist to be able to assess what are the tailored needs of the client in front of me. This is never going to be a one size fits all approach, and it never should be. If you get that feeling, you should know that you may not be in the right place. If you’re not being seen right now as a whole body as an integrated body with all of these things being taken into consideration, there may be crucial things that are getting missed in your healthcare. Radiate Wellness is here to fill that gap.