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Nutrition Services

Below are some of the areas I look at with regards to nutrition and lifestyle. I really hope that when you leave me you will feel hopeful, excited and well equipped to make changes.  Most importantly I want help you understand why and how changes will help your health.

Fertility

including IVF / IUI / ICSI support

Assessing your current lifestyle and diet and identifying any nutritional deficiencies can help determine any factors which might be upsetting your hormone balance and affecting your fertility.  This is particularly important when about a 1/3 rd of couples are given the ‘diagnosis’ of unexplained infertility. Nutritional support can be extremely helpful as nutrients have a role in the genetic programming of both the sperm and egg.   

 

In addition, if you’re planning an IVF, ICSI or IUI treatment it is just as important that you provide your body with the best nutrition possible to improve the chances of success with these treatments.  A a healthy lifestyle is another vital factor that can affect the outcome of a fertility treatment.

 

Nutritional support may help you to improve your egg quality and ovarian function and increase sperm count, motility & morphology. The internet is a wealth of knowledge on nutrition and fertility however there are so many different supplements and diets out there that claim to boost your fertility, how do you know what will actually help?

 

Together we will put together the right plan for you as a couple, and I will look at….

 

  • Weight management

  • Nutrient deficiencies

  • Detoxification

  • Stress

  • Pollution

  • General health

  • Poor diet

  • Alcohol intake

  • Exercise

  • Lifestyle

 

It takes between 3 and 4 months for both the egg and the sperm to develop and mature therefore, we recommend a nutrition programme should start 3 to 4 months before fertility treatment begins.  In recent years research is showing that the health of the parents (in particular their diet) before conception determines the life long health of the baby born.  

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Hormone Balance

including PMT/PMS

The food you eat can have an enormous impact on your hormonal health. There are a variety of hormone related problems women may experience in their lives including:

 

  • PCOS – polycystic ovarian syndrome

  • PMS (PMT)

  • Endometriosis

  • Menopause

  • Thyroid issues – under-active or overactive

  • Fibroids

  • Migraines

 

I use the best evidence to discover the root cause of your hormone imbalance and then help balance this using nutrition, lifestyle and critical precursors (such as amino acids and B vitamins) to resolve your specific issue.  Every woman has a unique hormone profile and every plan is different.  Identifying and addressing the underlying causes can bring tremendous relief for most hormonal imbalances.

For example, when dealing with the many unpleasant symptoms of PMS (headaches, bloating, mood swings, irritability, breast tenderness and pain) we will look at vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, liver detoxification, gut health, sugar handling issues, and food choices.   All recommendations will be adapted to fit in with your lifestyle.

Perimenopause and Menopause

Some women go through the menopause with few or no noticeable symptoms, but up to 85% will experience a host of symptoms during the menopause, which can be very hard to live with, some of these are listed below.

  • Weight gain

  • Hot flushes

  • Night sweats

  • Mood swings

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness

  • Headaches

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Poor libido

  • Bladder problems

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse

  • Breast tenderness

  • Dry, ageing skin

  • Shortness of breath

  • Heart palpitations

  • Poor memory

  • Insomnia

 

All the above symptoms can simply be due to fluctuating hormone levels that occur during the menopause, in particular lowering of oestrogen.   For others it can be a mix of hormones fluctuating for example cortisol, oestrogen, progesterone, thyroid and testosterone. Sometimes we need to test, but often my simple hormone questionnaire can identify one or more hormones out of balance that we can bring back into balance.

 

​The good news is that balance is achievable during the menopause with the right diet, exercise, sleep and supplements.  Interestingly in some cultures there is no word for menopause as symptoms simply don’t exist. With the right lifestyle changes I hope to make this the case for you too.

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Click here or call 07958 986 892 for a free no obligation chat about how I can help you.

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