The concept of ‘systems biology’ speaks to how core imbalances in specific biological systems can manifest in other parts of the body. It’s amazing to me how when, even when trying to address just a few specific symptoms through nutrition, so often many other peripheral symptoms are addressed. For instance, when recently working with someone to address digestive concerns, they notice that their skin had cleared up. You may have heard that what’s good for the heart is good for the brain, or that the gut and the brain send signals to each other, or that inflammation can manifest in many ways including joint pain or fatigue. A functional nutrition oriented approach examines how dysfunction or dis-ease fits into the larger picture of a person’s medical history, biomarkers, dietary habits, anthropometrics, and nutrition-focused physical exam.