Nutritional Therapy – How Can it Help Me?

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Nutritional therapy uses a holistic approach to health. It identifies underlying causes of symptoms in the body, and aim to correct the imbalance through diet and lifestyle changes. The process uses whole food nutrition, herbs, and other alternative therapies to assist in your body’s natural healing process.

More often than not, symptoms are the last thing to appear, which means whatever your concern is, it has been building for most likely, years. Nutritional therapy is about finding the root cause of the symptoms and restoring balance in the body to create long-term health.

Nutritional therapy can help any situation because our bodies were designed to be healed with food! When you give the proper building materials to your body, it will start to heal on its own.

I can not treat conditions, however, I do provide support to people who have conditions. I support your body’s nutritional needs, offering it a chance to effectively care for itself.

What does the process look like?

Prior to our initial consultation, you will fill out a health history form, nutritional questionnaire, and a 5 day food journal (including a weekend). This allows me to gain an insight into your current food type and lifestyle, as these are what we work on together.

At our first session we will discuss in detail, your health concerns. It is all about You, I listen to your concerns and then , once I feel I have enough information I will devise a dietary plan to help you rebalance your health that will work towards your overall goals and aims that you would have mentioned in your consultation.

As your gut is an area that often triggers many health conditions, your focus will begin with some sort of gut reconditioning program, or digestive support. It is impossible for you to work on all your conditions in one go, so I work with you through addressing stages, gut, immune system, hormones etc.

It is important for you to understand that nutritional therapy is a process, not a quick fix solution, you should expect to be working consistently, and diligently for at least 6 months (depending on your goals, complexity of issues and how long your body has been out of balance).

Nutritional therapy is not a quick fix. The process takes time and effort, but the rewards are tremendous.

Why do I need a food journal?

Your food journal is an extremely important piece in the healing process. This helps you and I to identify unhealthy foods, foods that could be an issue for you, unhealthy eating patterns, and many other important factors regarding your health.

I know maintaining a journal is time consuming and can be difficult when you have the foods written down, as there is no escape from the reality of ‘junk’ food intake.

We are what we eat and digest – to understand how that affects the body we need a window into that area through a food journal.

Why do I have to start with the gut if I am not experiencing symptoms in that area?

All health and disease begins in the gut!
For nutritional therapy to be most effective, we need to first make sure that you can absorb all your nutrients. I have not worked with one person yet that did not have some level of digestive issues, whether they were aware of it or not.

When your body is not able to digest and absorb nutrients, this causes a whole list of other issues! Undigested food particles, whether it was a healthy food to begin with or not, will be toxic substances to the body. This can lead to intestinal permeability, food allergies, dysbiosis (overgrowth of yeast, bacteria, viruses, and parasites), and autoimmune conditions.

To best restore balanced health in the body, gut health is absolutely the number one priority.

How are the supplements you recommend different from what I take now or can buy in the supermarket?

I get this question a lot! The short answer is, there is a huge difference in quality!

Most supplements you buy from the shop (and even health food stores) contain synthetics. They are derived from coal tar, which is a known carcinogen, and contains over 10,000 chemicals! Sounds healing right? Creating synthetic vitamins are much more cost effective for these companies. They are able to produce mass amounts, for much less expense, resulting in big money for them.

Your body does not recognize any of these supplements as nourishing or healing. it doesn’t know what to do with them, and it only creates more work and toxins for your body.

So the only supplements I recommend are whole food.  Whole food supplements are a complex formula that include plant and animal extracts. Using concentrated forms of foods like Brussels sprouts, kale, and alfalfa have an extremely therapeutic effect on the body. By providing the body with proper nutrition, you are allowing the body an opportunity to health on its own.

Why do I even need supplements?

The sad truth is, it is simply impossible to get all our nutritional needs from food anymore. The soil is so severely depleted, to get the iron that was available in one cup of spinach in 1945, you would have to consume 65 cups today!

Unfortunately, unless we actively participate in correcting our nutritional deficiencies, we would all suffer from malnutrition.

What do I have to do to get better?

Each person, and their healing journey is unique. No two people will be exactly the same. However, there are some factors that are the same for everyone.

Learning what a truly healthy diet looks like is a must, as well as identifying and eliminating food sensitivities. Ensuring you are properly digesting, managing blood sugar fluctuations, supporting endocrine function and adrenal health, maintaining proper mineral and fatty acid balance, as well as ridding your body of toxins are all vital for good health.

In addition to the physical aspects; addressing stress, sleep hygiene, emotional concerns and spiritual needs are all an extremely important part of your healing journey.

How long will it take?

You should be prepared to commit to at least 3-6 months of intense healing, though it can take years to rebuild the body. So when someone asks me, “How long do I need to see you?”, My answer is, “until we’ve established health that feels good moving forward without me.”

How often will I connect with you?

This varies based on your specific needs. My goal is to get you at a maintenance level where you would be connecting with me every 3 -6 months then possibly only once a year. You wont need to connect with me every week but I do recommend at least once a month or until you have reached more of a maintenance level in your process.

How do you evaluate my progress?

That is all through you telling me how you feel. Only you know when you are making progress and that will be through you experiencing less symptoms of the conditions you originally presented with.

When will I feel better?

Most clients report feeling better within a matter of days. The important thing to remember is that even though you are feeling better, it doesn’t mean you can stop your plan! Healing takes time. It takes months (sometimes years) to restore balance to certain areas in the body.

The harder you work at home, the faster your healing will be.

The better your diet, the more effective nutritional therapy will be. The happier you are, the more joy and gratitude you show, the faster your body will heal. Reducing, or preferably eliminating all toxic exposures as much as possible will also significantly decrease your recovery time.

As you can see, all of the suggestions are up to you. How much work are you willing to put into it?

Ultimately your health is your responsibility. I am here to support and guide you, but the real work comes from you.

How much will it cost?

When seeking out natural healing, you must look at it as an investment in your future. We invest in our cars, and our homes, why not our bodies? After all, we live inside our body for our entire life! Not only that, but the better care we take of ourselves, the greater impact we have on the health of our children and grandchildren.

My fixed rate is £60 per hour consultation.
Creation of menu plans start from £30

REMEMBER:

Please keep in mind, every person is different, with their own unique set of goals and challenges. My intention is to give you the best possible care and most effective plan, for the least amount of expense to you.

You are rebuilding your body from the inside out. You are addressing your health concerns from a cellular level.

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Does the sound of healthy eating make your head spin? Send you into a state of panic? Fear of missing your favourite food?

I have created a simple step by step guide that will help you eat healthy in 5 simple steps without sticking to ANY diet.

  • No more “Starting over again and again every time Monday arrives”
  • Enjoy your favourite foods (in moderation)
  • Quick meals, simple and ready in under 20 mins to reduce your discomfort
  • Regain your waistline and clear the annoying discomfort that may be presenting you from enjoying your life to the full.

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When STRESS is ON – Digestion is OFF

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Your gut health cannot be fully repaired if you fail to eliminate one of the biggest toxins from your life—stress. Stress is one of the most prevalent toxins in our modern world and leads to countless health conditions.
Adrenal fatigue, one of the most under-diagnosed health issues and is actually one of the main by-products of prolonged stress.

Your adrenals are the endocrine organs that sit on top of each of your kidneys. The adrenal cortex is the outer part of the gland that produces hormones that are essential to life, such as cortisol (which helps your body respond to stress). The adrenal medulla is the inner part of the gland that produces nonessential hormones, such as adrenaline (which helps your body react to stress). When you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue, your adrenals are under a great amount of pressure and do not function properly, which can disrupt the entire functioning of your body.
 

SOME SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ADRENAL FATIGUE ARE

  • Waking up tired in the morning after a full night’s sleep
  • Frequent infections 
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Hormonal issues
  • Cravings for sweet or salty foods
  • Lowered immune system
  • Long recovery time from illnesses
  • Recurrent yeast infections

To self care and reduce the stress that may be causing Adrenal fatigue try these:

On waking do 1 minute of deep breathing to get your oxygen pumping around your body.
Think for a few moments of the tasks ahead, write them down so you can clearly see your priorities. being able to visualise your days tasks is proven to reduce stress and improve your overall time management which in itself reduces stress too = Win Win situation.
Be a little be grateful for the day ahead. Attitude of gratitude is an excellent tonic. It allows you to become mindful of your actions.
Before you eat breakfast or drink your usual morning drink, drink water with freshly squeezed lemon and a dash f cayenne pepper. A super boost for your digestive system.
If you use probiotics to promote a healthy immune system now is the ideal time to take them before you eat your breakfast.
Do you body brush? It is a great stimulation for your lymphatic system to rid toxins, but also invigorating to your entire body.
Fill your reusable water bottle ready for your day ahead.
When eating sit down. Allow time to eat, chew your food, become mindful during eating and allow time for digestion to occur.
Eat organic produces as much as possible, reducing your intake of chemicals known to irritate your digestive system and be toxic to your health.
Be active, park the car a street away from your destination, take the stairs not the lift, walk whenever possible.
Start a journal one of reflection – look back at what you have achieved and be grateful for that. How did you feel during the day? what made you feel like that? If you felt alive and positive, aim to repeat that event or action that led to that feeling.
Find a space that can become your quiet zone. Sit rest your eyes, breath deeply and calmly. Meditate if you wish, just allow your body and mind to be still for a minimum of 20 minutes a day.


Benefits of Fermented Foods

Red and green cabbage fermenting with sea salt brine

Food that have undergone a process called ‘fermentation’ are referred to as ‘Fermented Foods’. This is where natural bacteria feed on starch and sugars that then creates lactic acid. This method preserves food and create a highly beneficial strain of probiotics.

IMPROVE DIGESTION AND BOWEL MOVEMENT 

Eating fermented foods and drinking fermented drinks benefits your digestive system, balancing bacteria essential for an efficient digestive system, also known to prevent disease, inflammation and improves your immunity.

BETTER AND EASIER FOOD ABSORPTION 

Balancing your gut bacteria helps absorption of the essential nutrients in your food. Eat healthy food and fermented foods and you will not require supplements to help digestive issues.

FERMENTED FOODS ARE BUDGET FRIENDLY 

We all know that eating a healthy diet can be on the more expensive side, but fermentation is not expensive and it’s fun to do. Sauerkraut is quick and easy.

BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM 

The majority of your immune system reside in the gut. Healthy gut will provide a healthy immune system and fight off common infections. fermented foods are far better than taking antibiotics, though in some cases prescribed medication may be the only option. If that is the case, as soon as you complete the antibiotic course or better still during the course, eat plenty of fermented vegetables to boost those weakened good gut bacteria.

PROMOTE BETTER GUT HEALTH 

The lactic acid produced during fermentation boosts your gut bacteria, so keep eating the fermented foods.

IMPROVE FOOD FLAVOUR

Fermented foods taste delicious and are highly nutritious, adding quality to most meals,

REDUCE SUGAR CRAVINGS 

Fermented food due to their tangy flavour can reduce sugar cravings, possibly supporting weight management.

Cabbage shredding for Sauerkraut

Summing up……

The benefits of fermented foods for overall health and wellbeing are great. The power of reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, improving gut function are all essential for balance and function.

Follow and like the @NutritionBodySoul facebook page as we will be delivering Fermentation Workshops in the Southport area this summer.

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Mood boosting foods for your wellbeing

Nutrients affect your overall wellbeing and what you eat can boost your mood.

Dopamine and serotonin are neurotransmitters which are responsible for your mood.

It is a complete process but if your diet contains nutrients that promote the production or enhance the performance of neurotransmitters then research supports evidence of improved mood, mental alertness and recall efficiency.

So what food do we need to consume to maintain a healthy mind?

Omega-3 primarily found in oily fish, However, a quality supplement is ideal for those who do not consume fish or only eat one to two portions a week. 

Leafy Greens such as spinach and broccoli contain folic acid and some B vitamins both recognised as contributors to improved sleep and alertness. Research has suggested that selenium found in broccoli can help alleviate anxiety.

Filtered water the secret to inner health. We often mistake hunger for thirst, we ignore the dryness of our skin and reach for face or hand cream, we dismiss headaches as a sign of hydration and blame stress or current pressures of the daily routine.

Drinking water is literally your life source. When your body cells dehydrate all your internal systems begin to malfunction. We experience disturbed sleep, cramps, brain fog, increased anxiety, general aches and pains and most importantly lack of energy.

The amount of water your body requires depends on your daily activity and food intake. However as a rule of thumb an adult should aim for approximately 6-8 glass (1.2 litres)

Filtering your water can enhance the purity,