Functional Food for Optimizing Health

Series 1 Ep 6
This episode is the first of our Functional Food Facts series. We discuss how the processed food industry is affecting our everyday health and the different ways clients can monitor how food affects function. Tune in to learn how health practitioners can empower their clients in their relationship with food. It’s time to customize food to support our clients’ specific functions.


  • [02:39] Here is a quick breakdown of the nutrients in food.
  • [05:34] Why the processed food industry is the source of many health challenges people encounter.
  • [08:55] Why health practitioners need to consider a client’s specifics in mind when recommending a diet.
  • [10:52] Dr. Ritamarie shares how people can monitor how food affects function.
  • [13:43] How healthcare practitioners can support their clients in their relationship with food.


  • Highly processed and adulterated food is technically poisonous to humans.
  • For a food to be functional, it must provide nutrition, promote growth, and have a favorable effect on bodily function.
  • Health practitioners need to keep their client’s specifics in mind as you help them design a healing diet.


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.