“Functional Nutrition, Functional Fitness, Functional Medicine.”These are terms we have been hearing much of lately on multiple media platforms. Note the key adjective is “functional,” a word describing the ability of something to operate properly. There are proper definitions for these words, as you might imagine, to help us understand their significance. I think they are valuable to know particularly since I have recently partnered with a science-based company who has produced functional nutritional supplements. Meet Well&Company.

  Functional Nutrition is nutrition-based care that is focused on building health by restoring proper physiological functioning of the body. When you have multiple symptoms they are clues to the ways in which your body is not functioning the way it should be. Center for Functional Nutrition | American Nutrition Association

  Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, functional fitness exercises also emphasize core stability. Functional fitness training: Is it right for you? - Mayo Clinic


Functional Medicine is the medical practice or treatments that focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, usually involving systems of holistic or alternative medicine. NB: "you don't have to have a disease to benefit from functional medicine."   I recently was introduced to an amazing man, Dr. James Rouse who invited me to try his functional nutrition supplements. He is the Chief Wellness Officer and founder of Well&Company and as well as being a naturopathic doctor, he is supremely passionate about helping others achieve high performance lives. We met over lunch not long ago and to say Dr. James has boundless energy is an understatement. He obviously follows his own advice. People naturally gravitate to him with his radiance and twinkling blue-eyed chemistry.   After meeting Dr. James, and experiencing his unique brand of high-octane drive, I found myself won over. But I wanted to test the samples of Wake Well, Revive Well and Rest Well myself. I have been doing so for two months. Here and there you may have seen a post or a pic, teasing you a bit with these supplements. I was doing my homework.   I’m happy to say I love using this trio of functional foods – what else can they be called when they deliver plant based nutrients, minerals and elements? Although I Eat Clean® religiously I still find there are times that I need a boost. This is particularly true when I travel or when my work schedule is jammed, which it often is and when life is asking me to lean in harder, as has been the case consistently over the last few years.   I’ve taken to carrying Revive Well chews in every purse and gym bag, for that moment in the day when I need something fast. I had one of those yesterday just prior to a meeting when a mid afternoon snack was not in the cards or my cooler. I took two of the chews and made it through the meeting with my faculties intact (normally I get hungry if I miss a meal).   From recent Mintel research, it has become evident that sleep is a growing concern for many North Americans. People want better quality sleep, an easier time of falling asleep and they want to stay asleep. When we can do this we feel better and lose weight – stunning but true! So Rest Well is ideal for accomplishing all of these. Again it’s something I now carry with me particularly when I travel. But it’s also nice to add to a cup of herbal tea at bedtime and that is how I enjoy it.   Wake Well is something I now mix into my workout water and sip all the way through. I usually take it in the morning for that reason. The phytonutrients provide enough energy to sustain even the most demanding glute workout (typically my hardest). It’s nice to know a gal can put her trust in something solid and this is it.   When we are faced with life crises, particularly physical ones, we struggle to find a direct path to understanding and managing what is happening. Last week, as you know, I attended the funeral services for a friend who passed from cancer. Three years earlier it was my own husband who had passed. Another friend’s husband has multiple myeloma. Recently an acquaintance told me of having to bury a 9-month old baby who passed from leukemia. There is so much of it about. There must be more we can do.   Every day I push myself to support the already brilliant intelligence of my own body, in fighting off disease, shoring up brain function, powering up my heart and lungs to withstand life’s challenges. I am not afraid that my body will betray me. It won’t. I will be the one to do it to myself should I become lazy, uncaring about my health practices. I feel life is asking a lot of everyone. Since that is so, we must also program ourselves to undertake our own self-care to boost health care. I know I have found it.   Functional nutrition found in Well&Company’s holy grail of wellness supplements is something I can put my Eat Clean® standards behind. Everyone can use a boost and here, finally, is just that. I’m thrilled to be part of the Well&Company initiative and I hope you will be too.   Wishing you all a healthy and wonderful day, Tosca