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Kristy

I am a certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner. I received my education and certification from the Nutritional Therapy Association located in Olympia, Washington.

My background is in education. I have a BS in Child Development and a multiple subject teaching credential from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After teaching elementary school for 15 years, I took some time off to raise my 3 children.

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What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy teaches the importance of properly prepared whole foods that nourish the body and help heal from or prevent chronic disease and dysfunction in the body. I am trained in the following nutritional foundations: whole food diet, digestion, blood sugar, fatty acids, minerals and hydration. The consequences of poor foundational health have wreaked havoc with our health and facilitate chronic disease. I am also trained in the consequences of the foundations of good health being neglected: immune and allergy, detox, cardiovascular, endocrine dysfunction, joint pain, mental health and weight and obesity.

In order for me to best assess your nutritional deficiencies, I begin with a series of intake forms that help me to formulate a protocol based on your bio-individuality. When we meet for the first time, I will have a protocol prepared for you based on the intake forms.

Our first meeting is always about “diet.” In order to begin healing, we must get you off the Standard America Diet of processed foods high in sugar and carbohydrates on to nutrient dense whole foods. For those of you already eating a whole food diet, but still experiencing dysfunction in the body, I will use my skills and reports to asses what needs to be tweaked in order to achieve optimal health.

I look forward to working with you!

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The Pregnenolone Steal aka Low Libido

Is stress a part of your daily life? Has it become chronic……the body does not know the difference between a stressful event such as reading an email containing bad news, running late or running from the sabertooth tiger. The same response occurs: releasing of stress hormone.  Do you eat in front of a computer, thus putting your body into “fight or flight” instead of digesting in parasympathetic (calm and meditative) state? The body prioritizes survival over reproduction…….could this be why you have low libido, infertility or ED?

Hormones are cell messengers that carry important signals to different cells in the body. There can be a lot of things that go wrong in their communication and these problems can be due to a multitude of factors including: nutritional deficiencies, stress and toxicity. 

Pregnenolone is the precursor from which nearly all other steroid hormones are made, i.e. your sex and stress hormones. Once pregnenolone is synthesized, it is converted into other hormones and follows one of two pathways: sex (testosterone and estrogen) or stress (cortisol and adrenaline). 

The pregnenolone steal occurs when pregnenolone is taken from the sex pathway and diverted to the stress pathway. DHEA (sex hormone) production suffers when this occurs. When the body needs DHEA to make cortisol to deal with stress, sex hormone production suffers. Adrogenic hormones such as DHEA and testosterone are critical for libido, as well as maintaining bone density. Studies have shown that low levels of DHEA correlate with poor bone density and osteoporosis. DHEA is also critical for memory and anti-aging. 

The pregnenolone steal takes place when pregnenolone is preferentially taken away from the sex hormone pathway to the stress hormone pathway; the body prioritizes survival over libido and fertility. If the body makes DHEA from pregnenolone and that’s being “stolen” for survival, sex hormone production is going to suffer. 

Restoring viability to hormone pathways can be achieved through individualized diet, hydration and mineralization, detox, rest, stress reduction and exercise. Going to bed by 11pm and and getting a minimum of 7.5 hours sleep is critical as well. 

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