1. Functional Nutrition for Women’s Health
Functional Nutrition takes an integrative approach to women’s health concerns from puberty through menopause including menstrual pain and irregularities, pelvic pain, fatigue, autoimmune concerns, women’s heart, brain and bone health, perimenopause symptoms, pregnancy, postpartum, and hormonal imbalances. I explain how food, supplementation, sleep, movement, and support can support root cause healing for women who struggle with common and chronic health issues.
2. An Integrative Approach to Chronic Pelvic Pain
For the past 2 decades, I have worked with women with chronic pelvic pain (including sexual pain and bladder pain) from causes such as ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibroids, vulvodynia, and interstitial cystitis. When covering this topic, I consider structural challenges, pain science, nutrition approaches, supplementation, elimination diets, gastrointestinal comorbidities, and mind-body healing options to reduce and eliminate complex and chronic pelvic pain conditions in teens, women, and men.
3. Women’s Hormone Balance
Especially during perimenopause (ages 35-52), women can struggle with hot flashes, weight loss resistance, low libido, mild cognitive impairments, depression, anxiety, fatigue, hair loss, and other common symptoms. Using a functional nutrition approach to addressing the root cause of a woman’s hormonal imbalance – and associated biologic systems impairments such as gut dysbiosis, poor gastrointestinal function, immune system impairments, and neurotransmitter impacts – finding hormonal balance is possible. While these issues are very common in the perimenopause period. They can also occur during puberty, with infertility struggles, and during the postpartum period. When I cover this topic, I am happy to address common hormonal imbalances, and strategies for balance, throughout the lifespan.
4. Functional Nutrition to Optimize Outcomes in Physical and Occupational Therapy
According to major physical and occupational therapy professional organizations, nutrition is now recognized as an important part of therapies to improve rehab outcomes. When covering this topic, we’ll address how nutrition can support rehab therapies in patients with pain, fatigue, dementia, neurodegeneration, geriatrics, and post-surgical recovery. We’ll discuss how to take a functional nutrition approach to get to the root cause of the symptoms from a biochemical systems approach in collaboration with biomechanical and manual therapies. Simple lifestyle medicine recommendations to support sleep, movement, optimal nutrition, supplementation, and support genetic vulnerabilities can significantly improve rehab outcomes and speed of patient recovery.
5. A Functional Nutrition Approach to Women’s Brain Health
Perimenopause is a key time for women’s health prevention. Women in perimenopause commonly complain of mild memory loss, depression and anxiety, low libido, and fatigue. These common issues are red flags for dementia, hormonal imbalances and neurodegeneration. Addressing brain health as a key piece of the women’s health puzzle, is essential to long term focus, energy, mobility, mood stability, and resolution of pain. When I cover this topic, we discuss key strategies to maintain hormonal, immune, and neurotransmitter balance using nutrition, supplementation, exercise, sleep, and community support.