Functional Nutrition


Nutrition Services in Shelton.

nutrition response testing

Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center welcomes patients for Functional Nutrition in these towns and surrounding areas: Shelton, Bridgeport, Trumbull, Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Monroe, Fairfield, Milford, and Orange. If you’d like to learn more, contact Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center to schedule an appointment. You can book your visit by phone or online.
Nutrition is the foundation of our health and well-being. What we eat directly impacts our physical and mental health, making it the foundation of a thriving lifestyle.

A proper diet provides the essential nutrients our bodies need to function optimally, including vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats. Ensuring a balanced and nutritious diet can also aid in preventing chronic diseases.

By investing in our nutrition, we invest in ourselves and can lay the groundwork for a healthier and happier life.

Nutrition Services

Nutrition Consultation

What is functional nutrition?

Functional nutrition is a holistic, biology-based approach to medicine that addresses the root cause of diseases and their symptoms. Treating the root cause, rather than just the symptoms, can enhance your body’s natural healing capability.

Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center offers natural treatments customized to your environment, genetic makeup, and lifestyle.

  • What is functional nutrition used for?

    Functional nutrition at Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center can improve your health if you have one or more of the following conditions:
    ● Autoimmune disorders● Thyroid disorders and hormone imbalance● Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)● Rheumatoid arthritis● Other inflammatory diseases● Crohn's disease● Hashimoto’s disease● High blood pressure● High cholesterol● Elevated blood sugar

  • What are the benefits of functional nutrition?

    ● Choosing functional nutrition at Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center offers you numerous health and wellness benefits, such as:
    ● More energy● Reduced need for medications● Fewer medication side effects● A lower risk of chronic diseases● Fewer unpleasant symptoms● Long-lasting results

    Functional nutrition stimulates your body’s natural healing response so you can take fewer medications, restore your health naturally, and save money on health care costs.

  • Which functional nutrition treatments are available?

    tratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center providers are highly trained in NRT(Nutrition Response Testing), MFT (Morphogenic Field Testing), and AFT (Autonomic Field Testing) and we utilize the system survey to aid in assessments.

  • Weight loss counseling

    Losing weight if you’re overweight can reduce unpleasant symptoms and lower risks or reverse some chronic conditions. Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center offers medically supervised weight loss to optimize your health.

  • Lifestyle changes

    Lifestyle changes, such as changing your diet, getting more exercise, sleeping better, and reducing stress, can alleviate symptoms and reduce disease risk factors.

  • Acupuncture

    Acupuncture uses tiny, painless needles to stimulate your body’s natural healing ability and restore energy balance.

  • Acupressure

    Acupressure uses manual pressure to target tight musculoskeletal tissue, enhance healing, and relieve pain.

  • Dietary supplements

    Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center offers quality herbal and other dietary supplements to improve chronic conditions naturally and detoxify your body. We offer products from Standard Process and MediHerb, Cellcore Biosciences, Biotics Research™, Systemic Formulas, Marco Pharma International™, HVS Labs, and Energetix® nutritional supplements and tinctures.

Nutrition Consultation

Nutrition Consultation

Ensuring a balanced and nutritious diet is essential to maintaining good health and wellness, but it can be difficult to navigate the abundance of conflicting information available. That's where a nutrition consultation comes in.
Here at Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center, we can offer you advice and guidance based on your own body's unique needs and preferences.
Let us help you reach your health and wellness goals through the power of nutrition.

  • What is nutrition consultation used for?

    Whether you are seeking to manage a specific health condition, lose weight, or optimize your diet for overall wellness, we're here to help.

  • Will I have to follow a strict diet?

    With our inviting and supportive approach, we will work with you to develop a practical and achievable nutrition plan that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle.

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Nutrition Response Testing®

Nutrition Response Testing® (NRT) is a highly accurate system that analyzes your body’s function to identify areas of nutritional deficiencies and organ dysfunction.
Many residents in Stratford and the surrounding towns in Connecticut, rely on Joseph Downer, LAc, of Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center, for this powerful analytical tool. The end result is a customized health-improvement plan that can truly change the course of your life.

  • What is nutrition response testing?

    Nutrition Response Testing is used to identify areas of imbalance within your body. It’s an approach founded on the belief that the human body is an interconnected whole and not simply an accumulation of distinct organs and systems.

    During normal function, your nervous system communicates messages between your body and brain. These communications occur even when you’re asleep and enable every aspect of how your various organs, systems, and tissues perform. When those messages are slowed down or interrupted, your body’s ability to function properly is also slowed.

    Nutrition Response Testing is a means of identifying areas where your body is not performing at peak levels. That allows Joe Downer, LAc, to develop a customized health improvement plan to address your specific needs.

  • How does nutrition response testing work?

    The process might seem simple, but the ability to properly perform Nutrition Response Testing and accurately interpret the results is something that takes years of specialized training. Joe has used this powerful tool to improve the lives of hundreds of men and women, and that expertise can help you make the most of your own health and wellness.

    The process works by performing a series of simple neurological tests to look for areas where biochemical imbalances or energy flow blockages might be present. One way to think about NRT is to envision how your body responds to hypothermia.

    If you’re exposed to cold temperatures, your body will assess its current condition and make adjustments to keep you alive as long as possible. Your brain will direct blood and oxygen to your core organs, leaving your hands and feet with reduced blood flow. That’s because maintaining organ function is more important for survival than the health of your hands and feet.

    Your neurological system works the same way even when you aren’t facing a life-or-death scenario. If there is dysfunction or underlying stress in one area of your body, your muscle reflexes will suffer. Through a process called muscle response testing, or MRT, Joe identifies areas where improvements can be made.

  • What happens during nutrition response testing?

    During NRT, you recline comfortably throughout the testing procedure. Joe gently holds your arm in an elevated position while he delivers a small amount of pressure to various acupuncture points. Each of the points tested corresponds to a particular function, organ, or tissue type.
    If there is a condition affecting the targeted reflex, your muscle response will change. Joe assesses how the muscles in your arm respond as he activates different acupuncture points. The process is painless and requires no anesthesia, needles, imaging, or recovery time.
    Once your assessment is complete, Joe uses the data gathered to create your customized treatment program. When you’re ready to begin, schedule an appointment online or by phone.

Heart Nutritional Assessment

Your heart is the most important muscle in the body. Every day, your heart beats 100,000 times, sending 2,000 gallons of blood flowing through your body.
The Heart Sound Recorder is a computer-based, general wellness monitor used to listen to and observe heart sounds. The heart’s reaction to stressors (such as chemical, nutritional, and emotional) can be measured using this type of device.
We use the heart sound recorder to help uncover hidden imbalances and discover nutritional needs, resulting in an extensive plan of action to support your heart and improve your overall health.

  • So what does the heart-sound recorder do?

    The Heart Sound Recorder provides a picture of heart sounds and analyzes heart function on a graph. We can measure the heart sound as a reflection of balanced body chemistry, nutrition, and overall function of the body’s systems. By using this extremely accurate tool, the Heart Sound Recorder can help us detect dysfunctions and deficiencies, thereby helping you make appropriate lifestyle and dietary changes to improve health and wellness.

    The Heart-Sound Recorder allows your heart sounds to be graphed and can provide us with valuable information:
    ● Whether your heart function is optimal.● If your body’s chemistry is balanced.● If your body’s nutritional deficiencies are causing stress on your heart.● Overall motor nerve support and blood viscosity.● Specific nutritional support your body requires.
    In contrast, the electrocardiograph (EKG) records only the surface electrical impulses as it moves through the nerves of the heart tissue. The EKG primarily indicates if the heart tissue has undergone any trauma or permanent damage on an electrical basis.

  • Rate, rhythm, & tone

    Three key Indicators of heart health and function. To function optimally, it is vital for the heart to have the proper nutrients to maintain its correct rate, rhythm, and tone.
    Your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) controls the Rate at which your heart beats. Several bodily functions are directed by your autonomic nervous system, such as digestion, heart rate, and blood pressure. These functions are strongly influenced by diet, vitamins, minerals, and other lifestyle factors.
    The Rhythm of your heart is the “lub dub” sound, which pertains to how regularly your heart beats. Observations using the Heart Sound Recorder can be made to see if your heart is working too hard or not working hard enough. The rhythm of your heart can be supported with proper nutrition and essential nutrients, which will help balance heart sounds and function.
    The Tone of your heart refers to the strength of the ventricle contractions. This includes the opening and closing of the heart chambers. Using the Heart Sound Recorder, we can observe the tone of your heart based on the height and width of the “lub dub” sounds.

  • What you can learn about your heart from the heart sound recorder

    ● Heart Rate – Is it too fast, too slow, or just right?● Heart Rhythm.● Heart Tone – Is it STRONG enough with no signs of weakness? Or is there a need for improvement?● Autonomic Nervous System Balance – Are you constantly “hitting the gas pedal” or “riding the brakes”? To determine the health of your parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system.● Nutritional Support for the Heart - Individualized nutrition counseling, supplement recommendations, and exercise considerations are provided to improve your quality of life.
    Based on your heart sound analysis, we will provide you with nutritional counseling, dietary advice, supplement recommendations, and exercise considerations to improve your quality of life and support your body's physiological processes.

21-Day Detox

Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center can help you achieve your health and wellness goals with our nutrition program that you can use alongside a light exercise regimen- Standard Process's 21-Day Purification Program!

  • How can this program help me?

    Our 21-Day Purification Program helps your body purify and rebuild itself from the inside out. This program gives you a structured plan for purifying, nourishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Along with Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein from Biotics Research and Standard Process supplements, you’ll support your major organ systems with the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients found in whole foods. In addition, this program supports the maintenance of healthy weight when combined with a healthy lifestyle. When you’ve completed the 21-day purification program, you’ll be amazed at how good you find yourself feeling.
    Even more importantly, you’ll learn how to transition to a new, healthful way of eating that will continue your journey toward a clearer, brighter, lighter way of life now and in the years ahead!

    Most of our patients find they can lose up to 20lbs when pairing this program with a customized exercise regime. Some have lost even more! Even if you don’t lose any weight, you will feel better and notice improvement in your general health as well as many other symptoms like joint discomfort, indigestion, fatigue and mental clarity!

  • This Program includes

    •2 Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein from Biotics Research: (Chocolate Crème or Vanilla Crème flavor),
    •Supplements from Standard Process: 2 bottles of Gastro-Fiber, 1 bottle of SP Green Food, 1 bottle of SP Cleanse and your patient guide (which includes recipes for you to use during the program and beyond).

    •System Survey Analysis both before and after your program.

    •Three office visits with Joe for a weekly check-in while on the program.

    •Three Auricular acupuncture sessions to assist with the addictive and craving aspects of food. Three weeks of Auricular ear seeds that can be stimulated to help fight off cravings, and more!

The best part? IT ONLY COSTS YOU $395! That’s 40% in savings! So what are you waiting for? Give us a call TODAY!
Don’t want to do the whole program? You can always just purchase the supplements in the plan and shakes as you need them. Give us a call and learn more about how Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center can help you!