Nicole Rangel, FNTP
Hi, I'm Nicole Rangel!
As a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, my passion is partnering with people, helping them overcome their struggles using the power of food. I believe that each person is biologically unique and that there is no “one-size fits all” diet: we have more control than we've been told when it comes to our health. Genetics does not equal destiny!
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is a holistic wellness approach to health based on the scientific principle that whole, nutrient-dense foods support optimal health and vitality.
This may sound broad and a bit vague at first, so let’s break it down. Every human body is made up of trillions of cells. These cells are what make up our organs, muscles, blood, hair, skin, and every other part of our bodies. Each cell needs proper nourishment so that it can do its job correctly. To feed our cells we need to 1) eat nutrient-dense foods, 2) digest foods properly so they get broken down into molecules our cells can use, and 3) absorb the nutrients appropriately.
Nutritional Therapy focuses on uncovering nutritional deficiencies and/or absorption issues that are preventing your body from maintaining homeostasis (balance). Rather than focusing on suppressing symptoms, the focus is to address the root cause of the symptoms so that the body can function as intended.
What is Nutritional Therapy used for?
Nutritional Therapy can benefit people of all ages in achieving emotional and psychological well-being, optimum energy levels, healthy blood-sugar balance, gastrointestinal health, and hormonal balance. Although it has become common in our culture to “match a pill for every ill,” it has been repeatedly shown that nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare can be more effective at supporting the long-term health of all the major systems of our body – digestive, endocrine, reproductive, skeletal, immune, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, etc.
Diet is a huge contributor to mental and emotional well-being. Our bodies need certain nutrients in order to manufacture neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body). If we don’t consume, digest, and absorb the right nutrients, our internal communication system breaks down and we are left with an imbalance. Nutritional Therapy uses food and targeted supplementation to give the body what it needs to thrive, while also investigating foods or absorption issues that may be causing negative effects in the body.
I began my wellness journey in 2014. At the time, I just wanted to find the best way to nourish my kids. My daughter was about to begin kindergarten and my son was a toddler. I started by looking for better lunch & snack ideas for school. I was determined not to fall into the rut of packing the same 3 lunches on rotation. During my search, I quickly found a movement of families who were going “unprocessed.” I learned that reading a food label meant reading the ingredients rather than the nutrition facts, that sourcing your food is extremely important, and that people are healing from all sorts of disease & illness by changing their diet and lifestyle. I became so enthralled with learning everything I could about the human body and nutrition that I decided to go back to school and get certified as a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) through the Nutritional Therapy Association. As an FNTP, I have had the pleasure of helping guide individuals and families on their own path to wellness using a holistic and gentle approach. It is an absolute privilege to be a part of each person’s journey and witness their health transformations.
Areas of Focus
Stress, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, attention problems, digestive health, skin issues, product consultations, general nutrition guidance.
5 Tips to Strengthen Your Immune System
It’s time to focus on empowerment and hope. In today’s climate of fear and uncertainty about COVID-19, there is a major component missing in the narrative being circulated. In our race to gather supplies, socially distance ourselves and wash hands and surfaces more prudently, we’ve forgotten to care for and fortify our secret weapon. I’m talking about our body and its amazing immune system!
It is important to follow the CDC guidelines for prevention, but here I want to focus on ways you can build a resilient and robust immune system. By properly caring for our bodies, we are able to fight off viruses and other pathogens we come into contact with daily. In the midst of the disruptions we are experiencing, let’s shift the focus to empowering ourselves and becoming more resilient. Below are my 5 tips to strengthen your immune system and build ongoing health resiliency.
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For more information, see my website, www.nicolerangelntp.com, or call me directly at 612-234-5636 to set up a complimentary 15-minute consultation.
I offer Nutritional Therapy for adults, children and families. I also offer Product Consultations where we discuss how to source quality food, which brands are ‘clean’, and where to find them. Visit my website for more details: www.nicolerangelntp.com.