A nutritional therapy session gives us the time to comfortably and confidentially discuss all aspects of our health. It is important to remember that all the ‘systems’ in the body (e.g. immune, gastrointestinal, nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, reproductive, musculoskeletal, urinary, respiratory…) are intricately connected. An overall view of how the body systems are functioning, combined with a review of diet and lifestyle helps to pinpoint the source of any problems. It is exciting to make connections between different symptoms and to get a better understanding of the workings of our own bodies.
This understanding is key to empowering and motivating us to make changes that improve our health and prevent chronic illness. Nutrition has a major impact on all aspects of women’s health. Examples of issues addressed by diet and lifestyle include:
- Digestive issues e.g. constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease etc.
- Cardiovascular issues e.g. atherosclerosis, hypertension, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure, stroke etc.
- Fertility / Urinary issues e.g. female infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), problems with menstruation, uterine fibroids, menopause, endometriosis, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) kidney, cystitis etc.
- Pregnancy, lactation and postnatal care
- Stress, fatigue, chronic fatigue, anxiety.
- Over and under nutrition issues e.g. bulimia, binge eating disorder, overweight etc.
- Immune system issues e.g. colds and flu, herpes simplex. Autoimmune conditions e.g. lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease…
- Inflammatory issues which are central to a vast array of conditions e.g. cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, asthma etc.
- Mental health disorders e.g. depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar
- Endocrine (glandular / hormonal issues) e.g. diabetes mellitus, hyper/hypothyroidism.
- Musculoskeletal e.g. osteoarthritis, gout, osteoporosis, ankylosing spondylitis
- Skin issues e.g. asthma, acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema
- Premature ageing
Our health is our own responsibility. Even very small, recurring symptoms are an indication that something is out of balance and needs addressing. We have become so out of touch with our bodies that, when illness presents itself, we think that it has just come ‘out of the blue’. It also must be said that the body has an amazing healing capability and, given the appropriate nutrition / lifestyle / supplementation, it responds gladly by gradually coming (and more times bouncing!) back to health.
We really want to be aiming at optimum health to function as best we can – as mothers, sisters, partners, colleagues, friends… Maybe we don’t realise that there are more steps we can take to be more energised and in even better form to make the best of our lives.