Why do you need nutritional therapy?
Making achievable changes to your diet can have a big effect on how you feel. Nutritional therapy works to restore your body to its natural state of health.
I work with busy women who have let their careers, parenthood or modern life get in the way of their own health and well-being. As a mother to two young children myself, and someone who has suffered with many of the symptoms that I regularly see in my clinic, I understand the challenges of eating well when you are stressed and tired. However, I also understand that when you are stressed and tired, eating well is the number one thing you can do for your body and your wellbeing.
Giving your body the gift of good nutrition can help to alleviate these daily symptoms and contribute to being able to cope better with the challenges of being a busy, professional woman, a mum, or both!
During my years working with busy mums and women, a common thread has emerged. Most of the symptoms that I see in my clinic usually come from imbalances of the digestive system and hormonal health – stress, food intolerances and nutritional deficiencies are often at the root of these issues. These are the areas of health that I have a special interest in:
- Bloating, cramps, irregular bowel habits, indigestion ‘IBS’, food intolerances (particularly gluten), low immunity, allergies, thrush, headaches
- Fatigue, sugar cravings, stress, low mood, mood swings, PMS, period problems (heavy, painful, irregular, PCOS, endometriosis), preconception care, infertility, thyroid health, weight loss
How do I work?
Nutritional therapy recognises that each person is an individual with unique requirements.
I offer every client a tailored nutrition plan rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I will always seek to identify the underlying cause of your health concerns using thorough questioning covering all areas of your health.
Clients receive personalised advice on:
- Which specific foods to increase or decrease
- Meal suggestions to make it easy to incorporate the changes
- Any supplements that may be required
- Lifestyle recommendations
In some cases, functional laboratory testing may also be necessary; this is always discussed in detail. Some of the functional testing that I offer includes:
- Stool analysis – assesses the function of digestive tract, bacterial or yeast overgrowths, parasites, gut flora, leaky gut and immune function. Digestive health is at the root of all wellbeing. If you are not digesting your food, absorbing nutrients and eliminating toxins and waste efficiently symptoms can occur throughout the body.
- Adrenal hormones (cortisol and DHEA – stress hormones) – our high-stress lifestyles can lead to an imbalance of adrenal hormones. This can create a range of problems from fatigue to anxiety, poor immune function, infertility, insomnia and sugar cravings.
- Food allergies and intolerances – food intolerances can cause digestive symptoms such as bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal cramping, irregular stool habits. They may also be responsible for non-digestive conditions such as acne, eczema, arthritis, headaches and fatigue. A simple food intolerance test can reveal which foods are causing a reaction so that an effective elimination and reintroduction diet can be implemented.
- Female hormones – irregular periods, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, PMS may all be a result of an imbalance of female hormones. This test can ascertain which ones are out of balance so that an appropriate treatment approach can be formulated.
- Thyroid hormones – fatigue, low mood, constipation, hair loss, seasonal sadness, dry skin, cold extremities are all common symptoms of an underactive thyroid. I offer a comprehensive thyroid panel which assesses the whole health of the thyroid gland, including autoimmunity. Even if you have already had a thyroid test with your GP and have been told it is either normal or you are already taking thyroxine, this is a very useful test for further investigation.
I only use natural remedies which encourage the body to heal from within, rather than a symptom-based approached which does not address the underlying cause of the health issue.
If you are taking any medication, your nutrition plan will always take this into account. Never stop taking medication without the guidance of your doctor.
I spend a lot of time understanding everything that is going on in all the major systems of the body.
Lauren is amazing – she reviewed and revolutionised my diet, teaching me things I had never even considered! Her advice and suggestions were totally individualised, realistic, and tailored to me and my lifestyle, which has made it easy to follow and continue. Ruth, St Albans
What happens in a nutritional therapy consultation?
- I work with clients over a minimum of three months with two levels of nutrition support: a three consultation package and nutritional health coaching. Find out more about my nutrition packages.
- Before we meet for the first time, I offer a FREE 20 minute mini consult to discuss your needs and see which nutrition package will suit you best.
- In-person consultations take place in Redbourn, near St. Albans in Hertfordshire or via Skype.
- Prior to the initial consultation I will ask you complete a detailed Nutrition Assessment Questionnaire covering your health and medical history, current health concerns, lifestyle and dietary analysis.
- In the initial consultation we will go through this in a lot more detail, identifying the areas of your health that are a priority and the underlying cause of any problems you are currently experiencing.
- You will receive a personalised nutrition plan individual to your needs with lots of practical food suggestions and recipes. We will discuss what you currently feel able to commit to with regards to dietary changes and work at a pace that suits you.
- The frequency of follow-up appointments will vary depending on which nutrition package you choose. We will work together for a minimum of three months, and continue for as long as you need.