Nutrition Therapy in Islington London
“You are what you eat!”
There is mounting evidence that indicates that what you eat can have a profound effect on your hormonal health.
In practice we see a variety of hormone related health problems that many women experience during their life, suffering from at least one or more from the list below:
- Hormone Balance
- Painful periods/Endometriosis
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Thyroid imbalance
- Digestive discomfort/IBS
- Low mood
- Skin problems
- Immune deficiency
- Auto immune conditions
- Weight gain
Often, the underlying causes for these hormone conditions and hormone imbalances have similar roots in nutritional deficiencies and a build-up in the body of the toxins that we’re exposed to every day, in the environment we live in.
A well-trained nutritional therapist can provide information to help you understand how to eat in a way that helps your body produce and metabolise hormones in a healthy balanced way.
How can nutritional therapy help with hormonal balance?
Nutritional therapy follows a holistic approach and treats you as in individual, rather than treating just your hormonal issue, that you are suffering with. Nutritional therapy can be as simple as making minor adjustments to your diet, working with you to find ways of reducing your stress levels and advising you on how to boost your nutrient levels.
How Nutrition Therapy helps with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Nutritional Therapy can be particularly beneficial in helping with the unpleasant symptoms of PMS or PMT. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, sugar handling issues and low adrenal and thyroid function can all result in irritability, fatigue, depression and sugar cravings before your monthly period and the correct diet can help alleviate some of these PMT or PMS symptoms.
How Nutrition Therapy helps with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
A Nutrition Therapist can advice women with PCOS, helping clients get their periods and hormones back into balance helping them feel healthy and normal again. The most common symptoms of PCOS are weight gain, cravings, irregular periods, facial hair and acne. A nutritionally balanced diet plan can help regulate hormones and consequently it will become easier to lose weight even if you have PCOS.
How Nutrition Therapy helps with Fibroids
Nutritional therapy can help support hormonal balance which may aid in the prevention of fibroid growth. It can work alongside other treatments that you choose to undertake, whether medical or surgical. The depletion of iron which can result from excess bleeding due to fibroids can also be addressed by ensuring adequate dietary intake and, where necessary, the right form of supplements. A qualified nutritional therapist can give guidance on the best dietary choices for nutrient levels and hormone balancing.
How Nutrition Therapy helps with Menopause Symptoms
The menopause is a natural phase of a woman’s life, western culture and society often challenges this understanding and causes many women to ‘fight’ it rather than embracing it as a positive stage in her life.
By taking a natural approach it can be embraced and not feared. In many other cultures with less processed food or alternative diets, many women rarely suffer any symptoms at all.
With every life phase, it can be helpful to review our dietary habits in order to continue supporting our health as ur biological circumstances change. A Nutritional Therapist can help advise on the best diet and lifestyle to adopt whilst you are experiencing the menopause, which will help to alleviate or lessen the length and severity of some of the symptoms and effects, as well as promote long lasting health in the years following this transition.
How Nutritional Therapy helps with Underactive Thyroid or Hypothyroidism
The thyroid is a gland that produces hormones that are key players in our health and wellbeing. How well our thyroid is working can affect any number of functions, from maintaining a healthy weight and energy levels, to fertility and digestive function, just to name a few. In order to produce its hormones, the thyroid needs good levels of the right nutrients. A Nutritional Therapist can help identify which nutrients may be insufficient, as well as which foods may be hindering adequate thyroid hormone production, and support you to make healthy dietary adjustments accordingly. In the case of an overactive thyroid, where too much thyroid hormone is being produced, a nutritional therapist can complement medical intervention by advising on the right foods and nutrients to promote hormonal balance and help counteract some of the symptoms resulting from thyroid dysfunction, as well as ensuring you are meeting your nutritional requirements in the face of an increased metabolism.
How Nutrition Therapy helps to combat Weight Gain
When your hormones are out of balance, some of the most common issues are weight related, i.e. weight gain, An individually tailored nutrition programme to suit your specific nutritional needs can help, not only with balancing your hormones, but also help you to lose weight more easily. There are a number of factors that can contribute to weight gain alongside hormonal imbalances. These include cravings, emotional eating, overeating or not eating the best foods for our metabolism. A Nutritional Therapist can help identify these factors and provide suggestions and strategies to address them.
How Nutrition Therapy helps with Fertility
A Nutrition Therapist can help you to
- identify what foods, nutrients and lifestyle factors would be most conducive to conception
- support changes in diet and lifestyle for both men and women to maximise health for fertility
- investigate hormonal, nutritional or other imbalances that might be creating an obstacle to fertility
- provide advice on reducing toxins and repleting nutrients in the period leading up to conception to support a healthy future pregnancy
How Nutrition Therapy helps you have a healthy pregnancy
A Nutrition Therapist can help you to
- manage adequate nutritional intake for mother and baby despite symptoms of morning sickness
- ameliorate, in some cases, some of the uncomfortable symptoms of the first trimester
- help identify the best foods for you and your baby in pregnancy based on genetic data as well as other comprehensive testing and information
- help use nutrition and lifestyle to reduce risks such as gestational diabetes and pre eclampsia
- promote a healthy gut flora to support both mother and baby’s immune system and health in general
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