Nutritional Therapist and Women's Health Specialist
My interest in hormone and brain health comes from personal experience. I suffered from erratic hormones all throughout my 20's and 30's and just thought it was part and parcel of being a woman. Despite looking healthy, eating what I thought was healthy and being a yoga teacher, it was a very different picture on the inside. I was dealing with a huge amount of stress at the time, more than my yoga training and practice at that point could deal with, as well as sleep issues, fatigue, and crippling anxiety. After the birth of my second daughter, I was diagnosed with MS.
A colleague gave me a book about nutrition and brain health which, for the first time, offered me a convincing link between what I was eating and how I felt. Learning that food is information and whatever we choose to put in our mouths or eliminate from our diets will have either a positive or negative biochemical bearing on our health, was a complete revelation to me.
I opened up a women's wellness centre and yoga studio in Cheshire in 2008 and alongside other yoga teachers, Nutritional Therapists, women's health and hormone experts, we offered classes and treatments that covered all aspects of female health. I taught yoga and pregnancy yoga classes as well as running female health and hormone workshops with my colleagues at the centre. This work, as well as finding the right foods to support my own health, inspired me to train as a Nutritional Therapist.
In 2013, after a house move to Oxfordshire, I enrolled onto a 4 year Nutrition Diploma at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in London, a leading school of science and evidence-based Nutritional Therapy in the UK. Here, I was taught how to separate the media driven nutritional dogma from the actual scientific evidence as well as the importance of personalised nutrition alongside factors such as the role of our microbiome, the perils of environmental toxins, the role of exercise, the importance of restorative sleep and strategies to reduce stress. I learnt about the huge impact that our repeated behaviours and food choices have on our health and that our physical and emotional wellbeing is something that we have a large degree of control over.
I use an evidence-based approach in supporting women's brain health and hormones in my clinical practice (as well as for my own health). As well as continuing to study and research this intersection of neuroscience and women’s health during my MSc in Applied Neuroscience, focusing on how our genetics, environment, nutrition and lifestyle shapes the female brain.
To keep abreast of the latest science and developments, I attend professional training events and seminars regularly.
My aim is to empower women with the tools they need to maximise cognitive performance and smooth out erratic hormones and pave the way for a healthy future.
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