My approach to OWNING your health
Nutrition from a functional perspective constantly seeks to understand why? – Why do you have these symptoms? – What is it about your genetic make-up or your individual life experiences that have resulted in your current health problems?
When you haven’t felt well in a while, it is unlikely that better health can be restored in just a couple of sessions. With autism, digestive and mental health conditions there are often multiple organ systems that need to be addressed and supported over time. Additionally, dietary changes need to be made and these are usually more specific and individualised than just eating more fruit and vegetables, unfortunately. Poor health can be complex but my goal is to identify and support the root of the issue and not just look at the symptoms you’re experiencing.
I schedule time to work on your personalised programme outside of each session together; researching the studies, analysing lab test results, looking into the appropriate therapeutic nutrients and collaborating with other professionals, if required. Having the scheduled time to focus on your programme before and after each session, allows me to bring my best to your case, ensuring you are getting the dedicated support you require. All of this ensures you are becoming the healthier and more engaged individual you aspired to be and that makes me happy!
Can diet help with Autism?
The choices you make about what to feed your child have a profound impact on their nourishment and health. Nutrient dense foods supply nutrients to support the body and repair the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. A healthy GI tract provides the proper environment for good bacteria, proper enzyme function and an ability to digest and absorb nutrients. Diet is such a powerful tool and presents great opportunities to support and improve digestion, sleep and behaviours in your child. There are lots of different dietary options available but it’s my job to work with you and find out which is right for your son/daughter.
Is functional testing necessary?
Functional testing is a vital part of developing personalised nutrition recommendations By testing urine, stool, saliva, hair or blood, we are able to get individualised results and therefore implement an individualised nutrition plan, instead of opting for a “one-size-fits-all approach”.
Because every individual on the autism spectrum is unique, it’s important that we treat them as such! There is no one diet or treatment for every individual on the autism spectrum, so by testing we are able to develop a diet and supplement regimen that reduces inflammation, addresses nutrient deficiencies, increases cognition, improves sleep and allows your child to become happier, healthier and more engaged in their world.
What programme is right for me?
Enrolling in a programme is a great way to start your journey to better health. If you’d like to find out more about each programme and what works for you, then book a free complimentary call with me. Let the journey begin.
What is the cost of your programmes?
Programmes are run on a monthly basis and within each month you will receive online calls, unlimited access to emails, personalised nutrition plans, functional test recommendations and/or result analysis, supplement recommendations and ongoing support. All programmes are highly supportive and run between 1, 3 and 6 months in duration. To find out specific costs, please enquire below.
What is Autism
“Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of behaviourally defined neuro-developmental disorders characterised by deficits in social interaction; impairments in verbal and non-verbal communication; and restricted, stereotyped patterns of behaviours and interests.”
While the cause of Autism remains elusive, autism is considered to be a multifactorial disorder that is influenced by genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors.
Approximately 1 in 100 people in Ireland have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Diagnosis.
If you have a child on the Autism Spectrum you may be well used to things like poor eye contact, poor social skills, interrupted sleeping patterns, hyperactivity, temper tantrums, self-injurious behaviours, lack of speech, repetitive behaviours, obsessive compulsive behaviours, stimming, constipation, diarrhoea, insatiable appetite or indeed really picky eating habits among others. Where do you even begin to help your child feel better and function better in their world?
Could looking at diet contribute to better health?
Diet is such a powerful tool, accessible to everyone and presents great opportunities to support improvements in your child with autism. By making specific changes to your child’s diet in tandem with your paediatrician’s treatment plan; your son/daughter has the opportunity to have better sleep patterns, less anxiety on a daily basis and a positive change in digestion, for example. The RIGHT nutrients support the body and help repair the functionality of the gastrointestinal tract (GI). A healthy GI tract ensures the proper environment for good bacteria, better enzyme functionality and the ability to digest and absorb nutrients.
Why Food Matters?
The right foods and nutrition are essential to good health and equally, good digestion.
Poor digestion can lead to what’s known as ‘leaky gut’ and can result in malabsorption of nutrients, inflammatory responses to foods that aren’t broken down properly and a burden on our detoxification systems. Poor digestion can be caused by several different factors like a toxic environment, lack of good bacteria, inflammation and food allergies.
The gut is a significant component to what happens in the brain, given the bi-directional nature of the gut-brain axis.