Category Archives: Chronic Pain

Using an Elimination Diet to Relieve Vulvodynia and IBS

Using an Elimination Diet to Relieve Vulvodynia and IBS

Functional Nutrition Treatment Options for Vulvodynia and IBS When the pain of vulvodynia hits – the painful sex, the pain with wearing tight pants, the pain with just sitting through a movie! – you just want it gone. Fortunately, by taking an integrative approach and getting to the root cause of your vulvodynia, it’s possible… Continue Reading

Pelvic Pain and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Terry Wahls

Pelvic Pain and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Terry Wahls

Chronic Pelvic Pain and Autoimmunity… Is there a connection? In my practice, many of my patients who struggle with chronic pelvic pain also have autoimmune conditions.  Even those who don’t have clear autoimmune diagnoses, often have autoimmune issues – such as intestinal barrier inflammation, food sensitivities, immune hyper-responsiveness, and chronic inflammation. In this interview with… Continue Reading

How to Heal Vulvodynia

How to Heal Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia affects over 14 million women in the US alone. Vulvodynia can be a frustrating condition to treat, because vulvodynia simply means pain in the vulva (or specifically in the vulvar vestibule), the name of the condition alone doesn’t tell us much about the root cause of vulvodynia. If vulvodynia is provoked, then it’s only… Continue Reading

The Connection Between SIBO and Bladder Pain (and how to relieve both)

The Connection Between SIBO and Bladder Pain (and how to relieve both)

One of the reasons that relieving pelvic pain is so challenging is that pain in different systems within the pelvis can overlap.  For example, in rats where experimental colitis (colon irritation) was induced, many of the rats also experienced bladder and urethral pain (Yoshikawa et al., 2015).  Thus, there is clear overlap between bladder pain… Continue Reading

Is Dark Chocolate Healthy?

Is Dark Chocolate Healthy?

“Is dark chocolate healthy?” A better question is… “What are the health benefits of dark chocolate?” It always depends on the client.  Some women are highly sensitive to caffeine.  For those women, dark chocolate is not a good choice.  Some women don’t like dark chocolate.  Those women simply haven’t tried Nourrir Chocolate yet! All kidding… Continue Reading

Postpartum Care is Undervalued and Underserved, How You Can Help

Postpartum Care is Undervalued and Underserved, How You Can Help

Just under 4 million babies are born in the United States each year (1), approximately 700,000 in the UK (2), and over 300,000 in Australia (3).  In total, 130 million babies are born in the world every year! (4) After having a baby, the healthcare focus generally shifts from the pregnant woman to the baby.… Continue Reading

Skin Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate and Collagen

Skin Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate and Collagen

The skin is a window to a woman’s general health.  While there are many health benefits of dark chocolate, skin health tops the priority list for many women. Dark chocolate with collagen, plus an anti-inflammatory nutrition plan, hydration, and sleep are a winning combination for optimizing skin health. Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate In my… Continue Reading

Women, Safety, and Pain

Women, Safety, and Pain

In a study, recently published in BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, the researchers asked 21 women who had never had children, through face-to-face interviews and written questionnaires, about their experiences.(1)  They were interviewed and questioned before and after their first birth experience. “The overall theme to emerge from the data was that the pain a woman may… Continue Reading

Healthy Fats for Female Athletes

Healthy Fats for Female Athletes

Over the last few decades there has been a lot of confusion about how much fat female athletes should eat and what types of fat are healthy.  When it comes to dietary fat recommendations for female athletes, there is a lot of good data that demonstrates the cardiovascular and performance benefits of eating the “right… Continue Reading

Endometriosis and Fatigue: Relieving pain and fatigue, and improving fertility with an integrative approach

Endometriosis and Fatigue: Relieving pain and fatigue, and improving fertility with an integrative approach

Up to 80% of pelvic pain is related to endometriosis, and 176 million girls and women worldwide suffer from endometriosis. Helping women to overcome endometriosis requires a multidisciplinary, integrative approach.  There is no silver bullet solution to endometriosis, but when we take a collaborative approach and dig until we find each patient’s individual healing recipe… Continue Reading