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218: Reclaim Your Health with the Power of Functional Nutrition with Andrea Nakayama

Oct 30, 2023 | Season 3


In this episode, we had the privilege of sitting down with Andrea Nakayama, a renowned Functional Medicine Nutritionist and educator. Andrea's journey is not just about healing the body but nourishing the soul, and her personal story is both powerful and inspirational. We discuss what narrative medicine is, thoughts on when to use lab testing, tapping into our intuition, and more, providing valuable insights for anyone looking to improve their health and well-being.

Andrea is a Functional Medicine Nutritionist and educator, who has led thousands of clients, and now teaches even more coaches and clinicians around the world in a revolution reclaiming ownership of both their own and their clients’ health. 

As the host of the 15-Minute Matrix Podcast and the founder and former CEO of Functional Nutrition Alliance, Andrea draws on systems biology, mental models, root cause methodology and the therapeutic partnership to offer long-awaited solutions for the rapidly growing chronic illness epidemic.

After losing her young husband to a brain tumor in 2002, she discovered a passion for using food as personalized medicine and is now regularly consulted as the nutrition expert for the toughest clinical cases in the practices of many world-renowned doctors. She trains nearly four thousand practitioners each year in her methodologies so that they too can become the last stop for their clients and patients as well as a trusted referral partner for doctors in their area.


0:51 Welcome to the show!

1:25 Today’s episode & who it’s for

2:40 About Andrea Nakayama

4:48 Welcome her to the podcast

5:52 Her inspiration & story

8:37 The biggest gaps in conventional medicine

11:12 What is Narrative Medicine?

14:13 Digging into trauma and past experiences

16:51 Chronic Illness & the call to slow down

20:26 Her 3-Systems Approach

22:25 The roots of Chronic Disease

24:36 *Troscriptions TroCalm*

27:35 Where to begin with lab testing

31:19 Microbiome testing

33:14 *Coast Health*

35:43 Seeking motivation through data

38:09 Fighting menopause & aging

39:28 Moving away from “quick-fix thinking”

41:50 Our Mom’s intuitive eating approach

39:58 *Sleep Breakthrough*

45:28 When intuition isn’t strong

49:13 Tracking subjective feedback

52:41 Renee’s GI challenges as a kid

56:01 Hitting your edge

1:01:42 Her final piece of advice

1:02:22 Where to find her

1:02:52 Thanks for tuning in!



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