My story of how I got healthy and why I do what I do
Where did it all start? Well as a teenager I regularly suffered from a range of unpleasant symptoms from acne to migraines and digestive issues. When I moved to Brighton in my twenties and started a working in a stressful corporate environment, it was exciting and lots of fun. But the lifestyle caused my digestive issues to get worse and I started getting gastritis -and would have nights in terrible pain, with bouts of constipation or diarrhoea and sickness. The medication I was prescribed just seemed to make me feel worse, and I just started feeling tired all the time. Avoiding dairy and giving up all alcohol for a while helped a great deal but the fatigue and gut issues continued and I stated to get run down, culminating in shingles! It was this point I ended up going to see a Nutritionist. I thought I was eating a ‘healthy’ diet but I was obviously not feeling well and on speaking to her it became apparent how far from healthy my diet actually was and how deficient I was across in many nutrients!
My diet was overhauled and I was amazed at the difference. Even the PMT I’d thought was just a normal part of life disappeared! This was a transformative time, and I experienced first hand what a difference good nutrition can make and started to develop a passion for it and natural health as a whole.
When I started training in Naturopathy & Nutritional Therapy my eyes were further opened to thinking about what health is and can be. I loved studying and learning but it was demanding alongside a full-time job and put a greater toll on my body. Even with my knowledge as a Nutritionist and a good diet I still had lingering post-viral fatigue and digestive issues that the stress of studing and working full -time exasperated. I consulted with my doctor on a number of occasions and following the limited tests that were run nothing was identified– particularly when I was told that the symptoms must be in my head or just normal!
This is where taking a functional medicine approach, using functional testing and digger deeper into the root cause was the key for me. Upon initial investigation I found two chronic pathogenic bacterial infections within my digestive system along with some other hormonal imbalances and a long-term virus that was impacting my immune system that was causing the severe fatigue and and interfering in my gut from healing.
Knowing exactly what the issues were made it so much easier to address -as I could now do it in a targeted way using food, herbs and lifestyle changes.
I was amazed at the difference that changing my diet made when I first did it but it was applying a functional medicine approach to my health really took it to the next level. This is what allowed me to regain my health, vitality and passion for life and is now my career.
How I can help you as your Nutritional Therapy and Functional Medicine Practitioner
My intention is to take my thirst for knowledge, education and experience and use all of this to work with you on your health goals.
My emphasis is not placed upon strict, faddy diets (I do not give lists of foods not to eat!) nor the use of lots of supplements, but I work with you to get to the bottom of your issues, by being thorough and supporting you with any changes that we need to make.
We are looking to help the body to function optimally and obtain the nutrients it needs to work properly in the world.
Initially I assess your health & medical history, current & past symptoms, nutrition habits, lifestyle, and mental & emotional stressors. Once that information is gathered we can consider the possibility of additional laboratory testing to help guide my recommendations and to get to the bottom of your current challenges. In cases where tests have already been ran we are also able to review them in the initial consultation.
At our initial consultation I will develop a personalised plan that supports you and works on your health goals. I will also provide coaching & support alongside this so none of it feels difficult and we can refine and progress at the right pace for you. Ongoing support and follow up consultations are planned at a schedule that works best for each client.
To get started all you have to do is complete the form here and get in touch. We can look at scheduling an initial consultation right away or we can arrange a time to speak briefly before coming in.
I look forward to working with you!
© Sandra James 2017