Women in the childbearing years often suffer from adrenal stress, and undernutrition. We often know, even before any detailed testing is done, that at least 75% of women eating a standard American diet are deficient in one or more vitamins. We have a tendency to be caretakers of children, parents, and spouses, and therefore as a group we push ourselves beyond our limits. Our ancestors had a different set of problems, but they did not have the fast paced lifestyles, the exposure to toxins and the fast food culture that is so prevalent today. This sets up women of the 21st century with a unique set of problems. The functional approach is designed to address these specific problems, like adrenal fatigue, weight gain, hormonal imbalance, and the conditions which lead to chronic disease. After 16 years of clinical experience with women, and after experiencing these problems in my thirties, forties and fifties, I feel that I have developed a sense of how to address these problems. So much of what affects us as women comes back to addressing several core issues with respect to lifestyle, diet, and stress reduction. Here at the Wellness Boutique, we have the tools to address these problems which are unique to women.