A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT ME
I am a Functional Nutrition Educator, and in my past life, had a Masters in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry!
But then, my life changed of course when my son was born with Down Syndrome and later diagnosed as being Autistic. I decided I needed to dig in deep, and I left my job at Intel to plunge head-first into nutritional research.
VAISHNAVI SARATHY PH.D.
FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION EDUCATOR
I am passionate about giving our kids a fair chance at life. That means nutrition that sustains them, food that prevents autoimmunity, nutrients that boost brain function, and a digestive system that works with a thriving microbiome.
That also means an equal education. It means ASSUMING COMPETENCE, ASSUMING ABILITY AND ASSUMING INTELLIGENCE, regardless of appearances.
It is beyond possible, it is a necessity and a happening. I call this Functional Nutrition and Learning.
WHAT HAPPENED THEN?
Over the next 5 years, I researched Ayurveda, Functional Nutrition and Scientific Studies as they related to Autism, Down Syndrome, and other disorders affecting children.
I then trained in Functional Nutrition with Andrea Nakayama of the Functional Nutrition Alliance and now practice as a Functional Nutrition Educator. I love working with children with disabilities, because it is so clear to me that their intelligence is there, for anyone who can see it. I love seeing what happens when they get a fair chance at life!
Vaish believes that cognition is a faculty available to children of all and any labels. Her motto is that “An equal accessible education and sound nutrition are the birthright of every child!:”
M.Sc. (Chemistry), M.S., Ph.D. (Environmental Chemistry),
Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner (FNLP)
Mother of a child with multiple disabilities
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION AND LEARNING?
Simply put, the Gut, the Brain, the Microbiome (Also your gut) and your Immune System are connected through different axes.
Neither can function while the other does not thrive!
Sorry, I am just a huge Harry Potter fan. But it is true. For our children to have a full chance at thriving, we need a healthy gut and microbiome. A well functionaing gut hits at the root of inflammation, both systemic and nervous inflammation, which, you guessed right allows the child to be comfortable and move from an internal fight/flight response to resting and thinking.
At the same time, it is critical that the child’s learning pathways are understood and optimized. And that it is understood that every child is capable of intellectual thriving.
It is the intersection of Functional Nutrition, Functional Learning and Functional Movement that allows a child to thrive both at home and at school.