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Whole Foods Nutrition

Nutrition is so important to our health and happiness. What we choose to eat not only affects us as individuals, but our food choices also affect our families, communities, and the planet as a whole. We have the power to choose what goes into our bodies, and can make a difference in our world based on what we choose to consume.

The foods we choose to put in our bodies will literally affect every cell in our being, either positively or negatively. If we choose real, nutritious, whole foods, our bodies in turn will take care of us.

However, if we are choosing poor fuel for our bodies including processed, refined, and sugary foods on a regular basis, this will result in inflammation and can lead to dis-ease and illness.

When our gut is constantly inflamed due to sugar, processed and refined foods, pesticides, herbicides, GMO foods, and poor quality oils, it never has time to heal and repair from the previous inflammation and injury.

Holistic Nourishment

In addition to considering the food we consume, it is important to look holistically at the different areas that contribute to living a healthy and happy life. All stressors, whether physical, mental, or emotional will affect the health of your gut.

As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I know the importance of considering all the various areas that nourish us “off of our plate” on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Nourishing your gut on all these levels is the most effective approach to acheive your optimal digestive and overall health.

Changes in what you eat and drink can go a long way, but for many it is essential to consider and address other physical, mental, and emotional stress in your life. Since stress directly impacts the balance in your gut microbiome and your ability to digest food effectively, it is pertinent to reduce these stressors in order to achieve and maintain a healthy gut.

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Holistic Nourishment

In addition to considering the food we consume, it is important to look holistically at the different areas that contribute to living a healthy and happy life. All stressors, whether physical, mental, or emotional will affect the health of your gut.

As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I know the importance of considering all the various areas that nourish us “off of our plate” on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Nourishing your gut on all these levels is the most effective approach to acheive your optimal digestive and overall health.

Changes in what you eat and drink can go a long way, but for many it is essential to consider and address other physical, mental, and emotional stress in your life. Since stress directly impacts the balance in your gut microbiome and your ability to digest food effectively, it is pertinent to reduce these stressors in order to achieve and maintain a healthy gut.

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Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Life

Symptoms of an unhealthy gut are widespread. You may be experiencing clear digestive symptoms that your gut is not working well including bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, other digestive pain and discomfort, food sensitivities, or generally just feeling tired or icky after meals.

Or you may be having more mysterious or seemingly random health issues that are making you feel miserable or out of balance. These can include brain fog, memory challenges, lack of clarity or focus, aches, pains, headaches, low energy/ sluggishness, fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, depression, hormone imbalances, acne, rashes, itchy skin, or generally just feeling “blah” or “Meh.”

These challenges can all be related to issues in your gut. Most of them will not show up on typical lab tests and often your results will come back completely normal. But you know, and are absolutely right, that something is off.

In addition to many gut symptoms seeming unrelated to digestion, the diagnosis and treatment for our “gut injuries” are much more challenging to figure out since the wounds are in an unseen place. It often takes time to figure out the root cause of all the secondary symptoms that come from poor gut health.

I am constantly amazed at all the things that tie in with digestive health. Obviously digestion and our ability to eliminate waste tie into gut health. But do you know the gut also plays a major role with many other functions in the body?

For starters, our communication systems within the body including our hormones and neurotransmitters are heavily regulated by our gut. These signals affect a wide variety of bodily functions including mood regulation.

80-90 % of our immune system lives in the gut, so when your gut is out of balance, we tend to see increased inflammation and issues with many different autoimmune and chronic diseases.

The gut connects directly to the brain via the Vagus nerve, which stimulates our parasympathetic nervous system (our ability to rest, relax, and digest) and shut off our often overstimulated sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight).

You may have low energy, fatigue, exhaustion, and be dealing with feelings of overwhelm on many levels.

The gut impacts your ability to detox and deal with the many toxins coming into your body and brain. When your gut is not functioning optimally, you may experience lack of mental clarity, brain fog, memory challenges, and generally not feeling “sharp”.

Without a healthy gut it is impossible to maintain good physical and mental health. If you want vibrant health, it is essential to heal your gut.

Although this is not an overnight task, once you heal your gut you will likely feel relief in many seemingly separate areas of your life. The gut ties many of our challenges together and this process of gut healing has the potential to bring about incredible transformation on all levels.

Listen to Your Body’s Messages

I know what its like to wade through the endless health suggestions and ideas that are available in hopes that you will find the one thing that will help. And I know what it is like for other people to tell you what you need for your body, and hope that this will be the magic solution to your challenges.

Many of us rely on other people to tell us what we need to feel good, and certainly there are situations when we need the advice of experts. However, you can initiate and guide your healing process by learning to listen to the messages your body is sending.

Getting to know your “yes” and “no” and learning to trust your gut instincts will be invaluable in your healing journey and in life in general.

My client-led approach will help facilitate awareness and teach you how to listen to these important messages. Your inner knowing will provide guidance on what kind of support you need.

Once you know what you need, I can help you access the tools, information, and resources that will guide you on your way to achieving vibrant health and living your optimal life!

Listen to Your Body’s Messages

I know what its like to wade through the endless health suggestions and ideas that are available in hopes that you will find the one thing that will help. And I know what it is like for other people to tell you what you need for your body, and hope that this will be the magic solution to your challenges.

Many of us rely on other people to tell us what we need to feel good, and certainly there are situations when we need the advice of experts. However, you can initiate and guide your healing process by learning to listen to the messages your body is sending.

Getting to know your “yes” and “no” and learning to trust your gut instincts will be invaluable in your healing journey and in life in general.

My client-led approach will help facilitate awareness and teach you how to listen to these important messages. Your inner knowing will provide guidance on what kind of support you need.

Once you know what you need, I can help you access the tools, information, and resources that will guide you on your way to achieving vibrant health and living your optimal life!

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