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"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."
Nutrition therapy is a system of healing based on the belief that food, as nature intended, provides the medicine we need to obtain and maintain an optimal state of health: Our food is our medicine and our medicine is our food. This holistic and complimentary principle has been used since the time of Hippocrates, founder of Western medicine. It is a way of using food and supplements to to encourage the body's natural healing.
Ideally, we should get all the nutrients we need from eating a balanced diet. Unfortunately, this is very difficult in today's world. There is a wide array of food to choose from, but much of it is low quality and heavily contaminated with chemicals, preservatives, hormones, artificial flavors and colorings. The speed and stresses of modern life encourage the consumption of this sort of food. In time, this leads to many chronic health problems.
With the proper tools, it's easy to give your body its best chance of achieving and maintaining long lasting good health. Coupled with exercise, nutrition represents awe-inspiring therapy. The right type of quality food, when digested and absorbed properly, benefits the unique individual biochemistry of our bodies, our brain function, and our emotional well-being. If our mind is clear and self-reflective, it will help us choose ideal food, activity, and all other life patterns. Many conditions can be relieved effectively with nutrition therapy, including chronic fatigue, energy loss, insomnia, depression, backache, skin complaints, asthma, infertility, diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension, headaches, and many more. Nutrition therapy is also beneficial for those with no specific illness, but who want to maintain a state of optimum health.
Food for Fertility
Unique to Fertile Ground is a nutritional program focused solely on enhancing one's fertility. Sarah is specifically trained in how foods and nutrients affect our reproductive systems. Although there is not a specific one-size-fits-all fertility diet, there is an abundance of research on specific vitamins, minerals, and foods that studies show may enhance ones chances of conception.
Did you realize that your ovaries are acutely aware of what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat? And not just in a general "you are what you eat" kind of way. It's an immediate minute-to-minute kind of way. A fully fertile diet provides the quality nutrients the body needs in order to promote free energy flow so it can function in a balanced and efficient way, manufacture hormones at optimum levels, and release these natural chemicals into the bloodstream at precisely the right times.
Sarah believes that healthy fertility emerges out of general health. Opening to conceive offers a fresh look at health, diet, pace, and spirituality. When a couple makes the decision to conceive, the focus must be toward strengthening overall wellness for both male and female. Using an integrative, holistic approach and by thoroughly understanding a variety of views and research regarding different aspects of nutrition and it's relationship to fertility. Sarah is able to provide a comprehensive, therapeutic and restorative nutrition program that is unique to each individual.
It is easy to feel overwhelmed during pregnancy with the "dos & don'ts" of what and what not to eat, of how much or how little to eat. Pregnancy websites, books, and magazines obsess on the topic of food and nutrition for a very good reason, of ocourse. Give yourself a break by making nutrition simple. At Fertile Ground, you can learn essential nutrition information for yourself and your developing baby. Healthy eating during and after pregnancy follows the same general principles of healthy eating at any time in life. While you do need to consume more calories and more of certain nutrients such as protein, iron, calcium, and folate, you can learn how to easily integrate them into your diet.
Nutrition for New Moms
When choosing what to eat after giving birth, think about all that your body needs to accomplish: recover, revitalize, and nourish. A tall order, indeed--but eating a whole, nutrient-dense diet will help your energy level, overall health, and (if breast-feeding is an option for you) milk production.
Before you focus on losing the weight you put on during pregnancy, it's important to give your body time to recover and adjust to the changes in your life. Pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing take a lot of nutrients from the mother. Nourishment is the most valuable thing you can give your body. Eating and drinking a variety of healthy, organic foods and beverages from every food group will help ensure that you are getting the nutrients you need to maintain your energy, nourish your baby, replenish vitality, prepare your body for future pregnancies, while at the same time putting in place good habits that will serve you throughout the years to come as a mother.
Lactation Support with Nutrition
Consuming a lactogenic diet, or eating food that supports breastfeeding, is an important piece of the puzzle for new mothers. The benefits of eating this way include increased milk production, stabilized blood sugar levels, and improved thyroid function, allowing mothers to experience less exhaustion and depression. Knowing how to eat during times when supply tends to drop is greatly empowering for the mother, and in some cases can even save a breastfeeding relationship.Sarah Kidd, Certified Nutrition Therapist is experienced with working with mothers to develop the best plan specifically for them.
Lactation Support at Fertile Ground: 45 minute Acupuncture session + 45 minute Nutrition session for $100