I love working with women to correct these imbalances and prepare their bodies to conceive and carry a baby to term.
Along with these more easily diagnosed fertility roadblocks, I have seen so many women close to me go through years of trying to conceive only to have to spend tens of thousands on infertility treatments such as IVF. These women are young, healthy and diagnosed with "unexplained fertility."
This story is not unusual. And to me, unexplained is not an answer I accept. So I set out to learn everything I could about the relationship between nutrition, the environment, stress, toxins and how that affects reproduction and have had the pleasure of helping many couples on this journey to parenthood.
Throughout my own pregnancy, I couldn't believe how much misinformation there was and lack of support around a truly healthful and nourishing diet during pregnancy - aside from don't eat this or that. And then I was shocked that I left the hospital after giving birth with no mention of how to help myself heal, support all these crazy hormone changes and nutrient depletions from pregnancy and breastfeeding. I am on a quest to make this information more well known and help new and expecting mamas nourish and radiate with that sought after glow.
Functional nutrition investigates the relationship each body has with food and how that impacts every last cell. Like functional medicine, functional nutrition looks at the root cause of disease and disorder rather than the symptoms.
It truly is a unique and individualized approach. For example, we can treat PCOS as simply a carbohydrate problem and limit the amount of grams to control blood sugar and insulin resistance, or we can take a functional approach and look at the potential causes such as inflammation, adrenal imbalance, toxic overload and the gut microbiome to address the root of the issue and work toward reversal and not just management.
I have been lucky to have learned from the pioneers in Functional Nutrition within the group Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, the Food as Medicine series and through my course work at Maryland University of Integrative Health with amazingly brilliant professors. Nutrition is a fascinating and evolving field, and I am always hungry to learn more as I work with patients and clients to put together each person's unique health puzzle.