I became fascinated with the impact of nutrition on health after the frustration and sadness of numerous life-changing events that were a result of ill-health; losing my father to cancer then seeing my mother battle it, and facing my own health challenges; hormonal and thyroid issues, difficulty getting pregnant and constant gastrointestinal complaints.
I realised after many years of unhappiness that actually, I didn’t need to live that way. Non of us do. I was unable to get answers from my doctors and I knew that what I was doing wasn’t working, so I decided to educate myself on a path to better health. Does this sound familiar to you?
As my knowledge of nutrition grew, my passion was unleashed and I decided to quit my corporate recruitment job to study with The Health Sciences Academy, one of the largest training providers in nutrition science in the UK.
I’m now a certified and insured Nutritional Therapist and Detox Specialist, and a member of the International Institute of Complimentary Therapists.
I chose to study further into the impact of toxins and detoxification as I like to look at life in a holistic way; I don’t believe that nutrition can solely fix or prevent everything when it comes to our health. Rather, I believe there are five main areas of health we must all pay attention to in our quest for overall wellness. These ares are nutrition, hydration, exercise, sleep (and rest from stress!), and managing environmental toxins.
I’m fascinated by the microbiome and I do believe, like Hippocrates said, that disease begins in the gut. All the areas I listed above have an impact on our microbiome, and so our goal should be finding balance in life where our microbiome can thrive.
Toxins are everywhere, such is the product of living in our industrialised world, but there are positive steps we can take to keep things to a minimum in our environment and in our food.
Today, I help my clients facing every day health challenges just like I did myself, to feel better, look better and regain the life we all deserve to live.
I’m also a mother to an extremely high energy toddler and wife to an intently supportive husband. When I’m not seeing clients we are usually taking long walks in the Cotswolds countryside that is our home, gardening (great for the microbiome!) or traveling. My guilty pleasures are eating almond butter straight out of the jar in front of the Pioneer Woman. I love her, even if I don’t exactly approve of her style of cooking!