Heather’s areas of focus include women’s health and hormones (PCOS, endometriosis, supporting fertility, acne thyroid etc.), adrenal dysfunction, chronic stress and burnout, mental health (anxiety, depression and panic), chronic digestive conditions as well as the complex conditions of chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and mould toxicity.
What brought you to nutrition?
From a young age, I struggled with acne, hormonal imbalances and stress/anxiety. After seeing medical doctors and dermatologists, trying harsh pharmaceuticals and topicals to no avail, I investigated a different route. I still remember the first appointment with my Naturopathic Doctor vividly and the experience of being listened to, being validated and being empowered in my health to make changes that supported my goals. I knew almost immediately that I wanted to help provide that for other people.
What are your areas of interest in health and nutrition?
I’m passionate about women’s health (PCOS, endometriosis, hypothalamic amenorrhea or undiagnosed period irregularities), digestive concerns, skin (acne, eczema, psoriasis etc), mental health and stress, adrenal dysfunction and burnout.
What can clients expect from a consultation with you?
Clients can expect to be met with a heart-centered, validating experience during consultations. We conduct an extremely in-depth assessment of current and previous health history to uncover what could be at the root of their main concerns rather than simply symptoms management. I work with each individual to understand how the plan is going to work within their lives. My goal is for each client to leave every consultation feeling listened to, empowered and confident about the next steps in their health plan.
What is your favourite health and nutrition book?
The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk. It was my introduction into Traditional Chinese Medicine and completely shifted how I understand the body. There is so much wisdom in traditional health philosophies which is a nice compliment to the functional medicine approach.
Favourite on-the-go snack?
Nuts, seeds, medjool dates (so good!) and the Kallo chocolate rice cakes (it’s dangerous business opening a pack).
Favourite form of movement?
Walking! My body loves walking and more importantly, my nervous system loves walking. Whether in a forest or exploring new bits of a city, I am so soothed from a good walk. I used to be an avid runner, however as I got older, it became harder on my body and my hormones.
When you feel a cold coming on you…
With the initial inkling of a cold, I’ll gargle with salt water, increase Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin D. If I have andrographis on hand, I will use that as it is a holy grail herb for arresting the progression of a cold. I also focus more on rest (hard, but necessary) and nourishing, cooked whole food.
One lesson you will take from the covid-19 pandemic?
We need to focus on preventative medicine more than ever. A reactive health care paradigm has run its course. Focusing on the power that each individual has to better their baseline health is not only empowering but protective on an individual and community level.
If you could give one piece of advice it would be…
Listen to what your body is telling you! You know your body best; if you feel something isn’t right, be your own health advocate. If you’d like additional support in that process, the team at LCON is here to help.
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