depression

You feel like SH*T more often than not and can't figure out why. I've been there too.

I’m glad you're here because I understand how it feels to be frustrated about not feeling well, and not being able to figure out why.

Like you, I’ve been to doctor after doctor, trying to ‘treat’ what was wrong with me, and nothing was working. Lab tests were even normal, I ate healthy food, exercised, did everything I was supposed to be doing, yet I knew something was wrong, because I didn’t feel well and my body just seemed to be deteriorating.

Finally, I figured out the problem. I was being treated for various symptoms, but the underlying problem was still there, festering, and continuing to wreak havoc on my body. No one was trying to determine WHY this was happening to me.

Once I began addressing WHY I wasn’t feeling well, instead of just focusing on the outward symptoms, things significantly improved.

For more than 15 years, I could not leave my house (thankfully I was working from home) after eating lunch because I’d experience horrible issues with IBS-D.

Diarrhea, gas, bloating, depression and anxiety, brain fog, insomnia, a stressful career (a big part of my healing was removing myself from that environment, and venturing out on my own to focus full time on my passion and career as a clinical nutritionist in 2017)… all led to my severe need to control something, anything, which turned into controlling what I ate.

Not to mention I was afraid to eat because every time I did, I’d experience gut issues, and literally not be able to leave the house for hours after a meal, and it went on for so long, it even seemed normal to me, this was my routine and my life.

In June of 2016, I thought I had a horrible flu. The urgent care doctor looked at me, and the pieces started to fall together… I was down to 98 pounds. My body was literally starving.

Talk about a wake up call. It was time to change. Time to change the way I took care of my body (I clearly completely had been neglecting taking care of myself while working to help others, talk about a wake up call), and time to change how I managed my health.

Enter the functional medicine approach to health. I have been able to identify and address underlying issues that were plaguing me all these years, and you know what, I CAN GO OUT TO LUNCH AND NOT PANIC THAT I’M GOING TO NEED TO BE NEAR A BATHROOM 30 minutes to 1 hour later (it was like clockwork).

I no longer need to schedule my food intake around my life activities. I literally would just not eat because I didn’t want to for fear of the outcome, and didn’t have time to end up in the bathroom for hours.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I admit not every day is perfect, far from it.

There are aspects of it all that I will need to work on likely for the rest of my life.

Healing is a process and often physical healing takes place more quickly than mental and emotional healing. Time heals ALL wounds.

Patience and persistence with protocols, and with ourselves as we navigate the muddy waters of healing are integral parts of the process.

It's messy, it's uncomfortable, and it's scary. It's also worth the benefits a billion times over. 

This is why I understand what you are going through, whether it’s gut issues or any other issue that hasn’t been resolved, because no one is looking for the WHY.

No one is addressing your health issues by taking into account your mind, body and spirit. A holistic approach is needed.

I’m a bulldog detective and use my strong knowledge of biochemistry and nutrition to tirelessly research and connect the dots to determine WHY.

I've also been in your shoes, and I understand the emotional, mental and spiritual components involved. 

You don’t have to do this alone anymore. I can help. My personal journey gives me a deep level of compassion and empathy for what you are going through. 

My path in life is to help you, because I know how.

As a team, we can fill in the blanks and determine the root cause of your problems, and develop a plan to help you reach your health and wellness goals.

If you’re ready to start getting the help you need, schedule your 30 minute strategy session with me. 

During our session we will talk about your health challenges, and the clues that have been overlooked to find the root cause of your problems. After our session, you'll have an understanding of how you can start to put the pieces of your health back together. We’ll also determine if I’m the right person for you to work with on a deeper level to finally heal your body, and discuss how that works.

>>>>>WORK WITH ME<<<<<

I'm looking forward to talking to you, and learning how I can help you reach your health and wellness goals!

"Your nutritional needs are as unique as your fingerprint, and they are dictated by your individual biochemistry. As a functional and clinical nutritionist, I can help you interpret your body's nutrient needs and customize a plan to reach your health and wellness goals. This is personalized nutrition."
-Jennifer Caryn Brand, MPH, MS, CNS, Clinical Nutritionist
 
Wishing you a delicious weekend!

Jennifer
Functional and Clinical Nutritionist

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Nutrition and Sleep - If you aren't sleeping, you're at risk for more than just being tired.

Photo credit:  pixabay.com

Photo credit: pixabay.com

If you have problems sleeping you are not alone. It is estimated that 50-70 million Americans have chronic sleeping problems.

 

Getting enough sleep is crucial to good health, and nutrition can influence sleep. There are diet, food and nutrient strategies that can be used to help you sleep better. 



Problems associated with lack of sleep:

 

 

There are a variety of reasons for sleeping problems and this is where we start looking to identify why you might have these issues in the first place. We start with things we eat or take that can keep us awake:

 

  • Alcohol

  • Nicotine

  • Caffeine

  • Decongestants like Sudafed

  • Diet pills

  • Ritalin or other stimulants

  • Herbs: Ginkgo biloba, Guarana, Siberian ginseng, Ephedra, Ma huang, Bitter orange, Kola nut

  • Medications: Beta blockers, Albuterol, SSRIs (antidepressants), Prednisone and other steroids

 

We want to avoid the things we can that may be contributing to sleeping problems like drinking alcohol and caffeine, smoking and use of elicit drugs. If you are on prescription medications that you feel are causing problems for you talk to your doctor before changing any prescribed medicine regimen.



Often sleeping problems are a symptom of another medical problem, and by addressing that underlying problem, we can improve sleep.



There are all sorts of conditions can interfere with sleep:

 

  • Anxiety

    • Diet, sleep affect each other. Anxiety makes getting restful sleep challenging and difficulty sleeping can cause anxiety. Reducing levels of anxiety is important, and meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises are examples of interventions my clients find helpful in reducing their anxiety levels.

  • Depression

  • Pain

    • Pain from any number of conditions can lead to poor sleep. Arthritis, headaches, reflux, and fibromyalgia, anything that causes pain can make it hard to fall asleep, and hard to stay asleep. Pain gets worse with lack of sleep. Addressing the underlying cause of pain can help improve sleep quality.

  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux)

    • Reflux symptoms reduce quantity and quality of sleep.

    • Eating too much and eating too close to bedtime can cause GERD. Ideally, you should wait 4 hours between eating and going to bed.

    • There is a wide range of other reasons for GERD, so this is also something we explore when reflux is present, and GERD has many other problems associated with it aside from sleeping disturbances.

  • Menopause

    • Insomnia is considered a symptom of menopause. There are nutritional interventions that can help. Many are herbals. Keep in mind with herbal medicine that many pharmaceutical drugs are created based on the action of herbal medicines. Because of this, herbals can cause side effects and drug interactions just like pharmaceutical drugs can. The message here is don’t self medicate with herbals (for insomnia or any other reason). Talk to a professional to see what’s right for you.

  • Obstructive sleep apnea

    • This is disordered breathing during sleep. People that have sleep apnea have a greater risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, irregular heartbeat, diabetes, stroke, asthma, some cancers, cognitive and behavioral disorders in children and adults, and car accidents.

    • Common symptoms include snoring or gasping during sleep, and feeling fatigued during the day.

    • Many people that suffer from sleep apnea live in larger bodies, so nutrition plays a big role. Appropriately nourishing your body to reach a healthy weight is a primary intervention for sleep apnea, and often helps resolve the issue.

  • Sleep disordered breathing (general)

    • There are numerous other reasons that someone may be experiencing sleep disordered breathing, and The Breathe Institute in Los Angeles, CA specializes in addressing all causes of sleep disordered breathing using a multidisciplinary approach.

  • Desynchronosis

  • Stress

    • Stress is an unavoidable factor in our lives, and more stress leads to higher levels of cortisol. Cortisol stimulates insulin release, and over time, this can lead to diabetes. Managing cortisol levels by working on reducing stress is important for sleep and for overall health.

 

How we address the issue(s):

 

  • From a nutritional standpoint, we look at diet first of course to identify dietary triggers for the problem.

  • We also look for underlying conditions that are preventing adequate sleep, like sleep apnea, and reflux.

  • We can look to food as medicine to address any nutrient deficiencies that may be contributing to the issue. For example, food is a source of neurotransmitter precursors, where your neurotransmitter balance regulates your sleep, and mood in general.

  • Deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals can also disrupt sleep, so we can address these deficiencies by choosing foods containing the nutrients and supplement where necessary.

 


-->>Click here to watch and listen to my presentation on sleeping problems<<--


If you have problems sleeping, it is worthwhile to check out why. Contact me today and we can explore diet, food, nutrients and lifestyle interventions to help bring you relief and a good night’s sleep!

 

"Your nutritional needs are as unique as your fingerprint, and they are dictated by your individual biochemistry. As a functional and clinical nutritionist, I can help you interpret your body's nutrient needs and customize a plan to reach your health and wellness goals. This is personalized nutrition." -Jennifer Caryn Brand, MPH, MS, CNS, Clinical Nutritionist
 


Wishing you a delicious weekend!


Jennifer
Functional and Clinical Nutritionist

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