Integrative Nutrition

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Functional Medicine: Women’s Health Coach Certification

What is functional medicine?Functional medicine is a systems biology based approach that looks for the root causes of diseases and symptoms. Functional medicine aims to optimize functioning of the body’s cells, systems, and the environmental systems where the person lives.The goal of a functional medicine perspective is not simply to quiet the symptoms, but to relieve the symptoms at the root cause.Functional Medicine vs. Functional Nutrition Technically, functional medicine is only practiced by providers…

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Why Integrative Pelvic Healthcare?

The foundation of our mission at The Integrative Women's Health Institute is to help provide higher-quality care for ALL people, especially people who are in need of our trademark integrative approach to pelvic healthcare. My name is Dr. Jessica Drummond, and I am the founder and CEO of The Integrative Women's Health Institute, where our mission is to educate and empower practitioners in order to help improve the standard of…

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How to Relieve “Endo Belly”

  One of the most frustrating challenges that our clients with endometriosis face is how to relieve the chronic bloating known as “Endo Belly.” Over the years, my practice has seen thousands of women struggling with this, and we have developed an integrative protocol for relieving the bloat for good. What is “Endo Belly”? Before we get into the steps to relieving Endo Belly, let’s talk about what it really…

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It’s Anti-Cancer Soup Time!

People with pelvic pain conditions, including endometriosis, are at an increased risk of some types of cancer. Other common cancer risk factors: Inflammation Having a history of some viral infections, including HPV History of smoking Family history of cancer Chronic stress Drinking alcohol While cancer risk factors are common, let’s focus on the good news.  You have the power to create an environment within your body, within your cells, where…

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Dark Chocolate Benefits

The beautiful thing about dark chocolate is that it is delicious, and let me share some of the best dark chocolate benefits with you... Dark Chocolate Benefits Certainly some women are highly sensitive to caffeine.  For those women, dark chocolate is not a good choice.  Some women don’t like dark chocolate.  But, often if they are simply used to eating milk chocolate, it's an acquired taste that can be developed…

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How Nutrition Contributes to Cancer and Cancer Recover?

The Best 10 Minutes on How Nutrition Contributes to Cancer and Cancer Recovery with Dr. Jessica Drummond and Dr. Nalini Chilkov!

New clinical training on “Nutrition and How it Contributes to Cancer and Cancer Recovery” with Dr. Nalini Chilkov, one of the leaders in functional nutrition and integrative cancer care. [embed]https://youtu.be/4BAQA68BiWE[/embed] During this interview, you will have several valuable takeaways: [1:15] What are the stages and core needs and questions along the cancer journey? [3:45] The tumor micro-environment and how nutrition contributes to every aspect of carcinogenesis. [5:20] How lifestyle and…

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How to Heal PCOS with Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine

What is PCOS? Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder affecting between 5%  and 13% of women, depending on ethnicity and criteria used for diagnosis (Ding et al., 2017). African-American and Afro-Brazilian women experience the highest rates of PCOS; Chinese and Caucasian women experience the lowest rates. PCOS Diagnostic Criteria The most updated criteria for diagnosis was made by the Androgen Excess Society in 2006.  The diagnostic criteria…

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How Fermented Foods and Probiotic Supplements Can Help Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

There is a growing understanding that the microbial composition of the digestive system, urogenital system, and urine of women with pelvic pain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), interstitial cystitis (IC), and chronic yeast infections varies from those in healthy women. For example, women with IC have significantly higher percentages of Lactobacillus in their urine compared with the urine of healthy, asymptomatic women (Siddiqui, Lagesen, Nederbragt, Jeansson, & Jakobsen,…

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Will Dietary Changes Impact Your Pelvic Pain or Endometriosis?

  “I’m skeptical. My doctor doesn’t believe that dietary changes will reduce my pelvic or endometriosis pain at all” - very common client concern  First of all, your skepticism is valid, I understand. We don't believe that changing your diet is going to "cure" your endometriosis, pelvic pain, PCOS, or other chronic incurable illness. That's not how this works. If you're looking for a health coach or practitioner to work…

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