Digestive Health Hormone Balance (including Thyroid, Adrenal and Sex Hormone Support) Optimum Energy & Healthy Weight
Our 40’s are the perfect time for us to focus on our health. Quite often, our bodies are shouting at us to look after ourselves, as it’s a time when niggling health issues can start to come to the fore!
Maybe you’re feeling fatigued, bloated and low, or you’ve noticed your waistline expanding even though you’re exercising and eating the same things.
Maybe your IBS symptoms are getting you down, or you’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and you’re not sure how to support your health.
Maybe you’re going through perimenopause and you’re experiencing mood swings, energy dips, sleepless nights and weight gain, as well as hot flushes. Maybe you are postmenopause and you’re still getting these symptoms.
By using a functional medicine approach, I can support you in finding the root cause and underlying imbalances contributing to your unique health concerns and symptoms. I recommend diet and lifestyle changes, laboratory testing and nutritional supplements where appropriate for you. Working with you at whatever level you need.
I have a key interest in female hormones, thyroid and adrenal health, digestive health and autoimmune conditions. And as a fellow ‘woman of a certain age’, this puts me in a unique position to help you make fundamental improvements to your health and wellbeing.
I took a little autumn break to Monchique in the Algarve last week. It was so nice to get back to nature, in the mountains, and now I'm craving warm soups! So to keep the Mediterranean vibe alive, here's a lovely hormone balancing, heart healthy, warming soup that you can make right now. I didn't measure out my ingredients, as you really can't go wrong with a soup, but this one had roughly
3 cloves of garlic sautéed in lashings of extra virgin olive oil 1 red onion 1.5 litres of stock using Marigold Bouillon Powder a large punnet or two of vine tomatoes 3 handfuls of red lentils Top with a large handful of parsley and some gorgeous fresh dried oregano from a farmers market in Monchique (you just have to go there to find it!)
Lentils are a fantastic source of fibre which not only helps maintain good bowel movements and a healthy microbiome but also helps to balance hormones, as do all other pulses. If you suffer with excess wind when eating pulses, and avoid them like the plague, do try red lentils as they're often easier to digest.
Cooking tomatoes and parsley in olive oil is fabulous for heart health due to the presence of lycopene which is made more absorbable by the presence of healthy fats such as olive oil.
AND most importantly, served in my gorgeous new blue and white pottery bowls. I'm pretty convinced that gathering colourful pottery could be one of the lesser known symptoms of perimenopause! Also, it's an additional feast for the eyes! ...