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Functional Biochemistry

Functional Biochemistry is a branch of Applied Kinesiology and is both the art and science of getting the body to reveal what it needs to make it healthy. The diagnostic tool is changes in muscle tone.  The outcome of Function Biochemistry diagnosis will determine what nutrients the body needs to heal itself.

How does Functional Biochemistry work?

Something the body likes will leave a strong muscle strong. Something the body doesn’t like will weaken a strong muscle. Something the body needs will strengthen a weak muscle. The Functional Biochemistry therapist knows how to recognise and measure these changes and uses them to evaluate the levels of the body and brain chemicals.

All functions of the body are performed by chemicals; whether to make a new cell, repair injury, create energy, maintain the mineral balance of bone and blood, fight infection, or make a baby. These chemicals are made from the nutrients in the food that we eat. So long as we are getting enough in the form that the body can use them we should remain well. Symptoms of illness usually suggest that the body is not getting enough of the nutrients that it needs; resulting in a chemical imbalance.

To gain the nutrients we must first eat the right stuff and then digest it so that it can be absorbed. Many of us are increasingly not eating the right stuff due to the effects of modern farming methods, a tendency to eat foods out of season and the prevalence of processed foods. And just at the time when we are potentially getting less nutrients we actually need more because we are being exposed to so many artificial chemicals such as food colours, preservatives, pesticides, flavourings, sweeteners, stabilisers, emulsifiers, antibiotics used in animal rearing, as well as environmental pollutants.

What we eat then has to be digested into absorbable portions.Food isn’t any good until it has been digested and absorbed into the blood where it is then delivered to all the cells of the body to be built back up again into the stuff of us.  To digest you need enzymes, to make those enzymes work you need specific nutrients and if those are lacking then we’re not getting the nutrition we need from our food efficiently.

A Functional Biochemistry diagnosis shows which nutrients are lacking and what your body needs to make it well.

How can Functional Biochemistry help me?

Functional Biochemistry can help adults and children with a variety of mental and physical health problems including:

  • depression
  • phobias
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and other digestive problems
  • ME
  • MS
  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • arthritis
  • allergy, sensitivity and Intolerance
  • and many more