Can Functional Nutrition Transform Your Health?

Ever since we were young, we've been conditioned to think and talk about our mind and body in broad terms like "my stomach hurts", or "my knees ache", but when there is a breakdown in function, or signs of pain, inflammation, or illness, the best practice in functional wellness says you must go deeper to look at the cellular (or even energetic) level to find the root cause that will lead you down the path to healing.


Mind.Body symptoms, illness, and (dys)function is your body's way of telling you:

it is NOT getting what it needs on a cellular level.


Functional Nutritionists & Functional Medicine Practitioners zoom out to look at the holistic view of a person's lifestyle AND they zoom in to look at cellular function.


Body Systems >> Organs >> Tissues >> Specialized Cells >> Cell Components & Organelles


Our bodies are made up of Body Systems (e.g., digestive system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, etc.).


Each Body System is made up of many individual, but interconnected Organs (e.g., the digestive system organs are mouth, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, small & large intestines, and rectum).


Each Organ is made from different types of interconnected Tissues (e.g., muscle, epithelial (skin or surface), connective (fat, bone, cartilage), and nervous).


Each Tissue is made up of several types of Specialized Cells that have specific functions to serve within the tissue (e.g., releasing neurochemicals, producing antibodies, secreting fluids) and have their own minimum and tightly regulated requirements for optimal function.


Specialized Cells are made up of Cellular Components & Organelles (e.g., cell membrane (gatekeeper), nucleus (genetic code), mitochondria (energy production), etc.) which also have their own minimum and tightly regulated requirements for optimal function.

Profile of a Healthy Cell

  • Intact cell membrane made from different types of healthy fats & other structural components and receptors. (e.g., optimized by eating an optimal ratio of healthy fats)

  • Steady energy supply produced by mitochondria (organelle inside the cell) and a pool of antioxidants to neutralize free radicals produced in the process to prevent cell death. (e.g., optimized by an anti-oxidant-rich, plant-rich diet, avoidance of environmental toxins, and physical activity)

  • Vitamin and mineral co-factors for enzyme function responsible for the gazillions of chemical reactions happening in your body every second. (e.g., optimized by a nutrient-rich diet, a healthy gut lining and gut bacteria)

  • Available protein & cholesterol to make hormones, immune system signals, and other communication molecules that choreograph everything about how your body functions. (e.g., optimized by adequate daily protein intake and managing your stress levels)

  • Hydration & electrolytes for the shuttling of molecules and gradients of electrical potentials throughout the cells, cell membranes, and extracellular fluids. (e.g., optimized by a plant-rich diet, drinking water throughout the day, and limiting caffeine and alcohol)

  • Optimal pH balance of the cell's environment so enzymes can function optimally. (e.g., optimized by a plant-rich diet, balanced meals, kidney function, and your overall state of health)

Symptoms of cellular (im)balances:

  • chronic or intermittent fatigue

  • blood sugar spikes and crashes

  • headaches or migraines

  • vague feeling of (un)well

  • exercise (in)tolerance

  • anxiety and/or depression

  • weight gain, cravings

  • brain fog or memory loss

  • frequent infections

  • low libido, infertility

  • autoimmune disorders

  • neurodegeneration

  • muscle weakness or pain

  • skin irritations (acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis)

  • poor sleep quality & quantity

  • hair and nail weakness

  • gastrointestinal upset: bloating, gas, pain, food (in)tolerances and sensitivities, diarrhea and/or constipation, poor digestion of proteins or fats, heartburn



How many of these did you just mentally check off? You are not alone!

Heal the root causes of cellular (im)balances to experience:

  • more energy than you've had in a long time

  • a positive mood & mindset

  • pain-fee days & nights

  • glowing, clear skin

  • mental clarity & focus

  • more restful sleep

  • happy digestion

  • a healthy weight

  • resilience to the unrelenting stress of our modern culture

The Wild at Heart Method is uniquely designed to help you transition into a lifestyle that awakens your inner wild and supports your wellbeing.


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I look forward to supporting you with the right program, service, or referral on your healing journey. Let's walk together for awhile...


We'll stop and smell the wildflowers. Smile a lot. And wander down the road less-traveled.


See you in the wild,

Aj


Angela Juhl, MS, CHWC, CYT

Master of Science in Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine

Wellcoaches™ Certified Health and Wellness Coach

Wild Woman Project Circle Leader

Certified Yoga Teacher


Wild at Heart was founded on the mission: to take a stand against unsustainable cultural norms by empowering YOU to realign your lifestyle & mindset with the wisdom of nature for mind.body.heart & soul healing and rekindling a soulful relationship to the natural world...for yourself, your loved ones, our communities, and our beautiful planet.

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Hello  I'm Angela, a certified  health & lifestyle coach with a master's degree in nutrition and functional medicine.
After navigating my own nature-infused healing journey and witnessing our culture’s collective relationship breakdown to the wild world that has led to the epidemics of chronic illness, anxiety, depression, and the climate crisis...

 

I founded Wild at Heart to take a stand against unsustainable cultural norms by empowering YOU to (re)align your lifestyle, mindset, and home with the wisdom of nature for healing  mind, body, heart &  soul, (re)kindling a soulful relationship to the natural world, and healing yourself, your loved ones, our communities, and our home on this earth.

Let's walk together for awhile... we'll stop and smell the wildflowers, smile a lot, and wander down the road less-traveled.

 

Be well and I'll see you in the wild.

Angela Juhl, MS, CHWC, CYT
Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine
Wellcoaches™ Certified Health and Wellness Coach
Wild Woman Project Circle Leader
Certified Yoga Teacher

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