As a Naturopath and Nutritionist with a degree, Mark Westhead Naturopath is a passionate about restoring optimal health through evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle modifications, as well as the use of nutritional supplements and herbal medication as needed. In order to restore vitality and return to good health, I believe in identifying and treating the fundamental cause of chronic illness, as well as treating the full person rather than merely hiding the symptoms.
I can create a treatment plan that is particularly designed for you when I acquire a better knowledge of your experience with the ailment. Food sensitivities, gut microbiome, mood appraisal, and MTHFR Wellness tests can all be arranged if necessary.
It’s likely that if you have a chronic and complex ailment, it took a long time for it to show. As a result, the condition’s resolution could take months. There are no quick fixes and no miraculous medications. The body’s intrinsic healing power can be enhanced by removing aggravating factors like poor food and lifestyle choices and replacing them with healthy choices, nutrients, and herbs.
To discover if there are any familial traits, a brief medical history of the family will be gathered. Following that, you’ll get an in-depth look at your nutrition as well as lifestyle aspects like your amount of daily activity. A basic physical exam, including blood pressure, pulse, eye, tongue, and fingernails, will be performed for in-clinic consultations.
All of this is done to get a better grasp of how you feel about your condition and to find out what’s causing it. Following the consultation, the patient is given a treatment plan that includes nutritional, exercise, and lifestyle advice. A herbal formula, vitamins, or amino acids may be provided for short-term use if necessary.
Various tests can be arranged as needed. I do not believe that everyone should be tested, and I do not insist that exams be completed before you come to visit me. Tests have a cost, and I only order them for certain reasons and with your permission.
The time it takes for a follow-up naturopathic consultation is about 45 minutes. During this session, I review the findings from your original appointment and compare them to the progress you’ve made since then. A repeat or fresh prescription may be given if necessary, but the long-term goal is for you to be able to acquire all of the nourishment you require from your diet.
Zoom is used for online consultations. You don’t need to know how to use computers or download any software. I simply send you a link that allows us to connect through video from the comfort of your own home or business. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are the days for online consultations.
What effects does your diet and nutritional analysis have on your health? Diet and nutrition have a significant impact on your overall health and happiness. Refined carbohydrates, trans fats, salt, and sugar are abundant in the typical Western diet.
We are duped into thinking that low-fat and fat-free items are healthier options because fat makes you fat. Natural fats are flavorful as well as nutritious, yet processed goods lose their flavour when the fat is removed. As a result, food producers use both sugar and salt to make their products more appealing.
Inflammation of the digestive tract is caused by highly processed foods and a cocktail of chemical additives. It lowers the quality of the stomach’s gastric juices, increases intestinal permeability (also known as leaky gut), allowing opportunistic pathogens to thrive in our small intestine (a condition known as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and lowers the colonies of beneficial microbes in our large intestine.
Reflux, indigestion, bloating, gas, discomfort, constipation or diarrhoea, and nutritional loss can all result from all of this. Not surprisingly, this can lead to weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, IBS, high blood pressure, an increased risk of heart disease, a weakened immune system, autoimmune illness, cancer, and a slew of other chronic health problems.
It’s also a major contributor to mental health issues. Our neurotransmitters are produced by the microbiota in our intestine. The gut produces up to 90% of the serotonin we produce. Maldigestion can cause anxiety, depression, panic, fearfulness, poor pain tolerance, sleep disruption, and carbohydrate cravings due to low serotonin levels. It’s a vicious circle when it comes to carbohydrate cravings.