The Apothecary 27 Clinic
Have a question about protein for vegetarians? Curious about gut health? Bring your queries to Nutritional Therapist Natasha Gilmartin on Wednesday mornings each week, 10am-12pm – she is launching a free weekly clinic in the shop.
Natasha is passionate about helping people who feel that they are always fighting a losing battle with food. She works with clients to find the root cause of a behavior, not just the symptoms, for a long-term solution.
Her own personal experience adds to her credentials – Natasha battled bulimia, crippling PMS, depression, osteoarthritis and digestive issues before starting the path to wellness and qualifying as a nutritional therapist.
“I explored different areas of holistic therapies, but the first major shift happened for me when I came across The Nutritional Healing Foundation and enrolled on their practitioner course,” she explains. “Attending all the lectures and making my way through the course content was like the fog slowly being lifted in front of my eyes! Finally being able to understand how the body works as a whole, I started to be able to understand my own health issues, how they had manifested, and what to do to support myself physically and mentally.”
Natasha’s therapy practice to guide others towards nutritional health is rooted in her knowledge that what she teaches really does work. She understands why she became so ill, and she recognises how the body, mind and emotions are all inextricably linked.
Take depression, for example. Coping with depression can include an examination of a person’s diet: “The health of our body affects every part of us, including the health of our mind,” Natasha says. “However, depression is a huge subject, and for the best results I would look at tackling it with good nutrition, but also changes to lifestyle, and doing mind-strengthening activities.
“Optimum harmony of the body, mind and soul is achieved by nourishing all three simultaneously,” she continues. “I’ve suffered from depression and felt the numbness and blackness. Creating new, positive eating habits goes hand in hand with creating new, positive mental pathways.”
Natasha contends that nothing in our bodies happens randomly: “Our bodies have an outstanding capacity for self-healing and nurturing, and with a greater understanding of yourself, you can start to take back control of your health and wellbeing, making small changes that have long-term, beneficial effects.”
From depression to arthritis, digestive issues to low energy levels - Natasha will be on hand at Apothecary 27 each Wednesday to help you feel your best. Here are her top tips for winter wellness:
- If possible, get outdoors every day. Shorter daylight hours may make this a challenge, but absorbing what light there is cannot be underestimated. It is vital for our health and general mood.
- Stay hydrated! Especially with increased use of central heating, our indoor environment is very drying to the body. Proper hydration is as important in winter as it is in summer!
- Consider taking omega oil supplements. An essential fatty acid profile is key to optimum hydration in our cells. A good omega supplement can also help with eczema symptoms that often flare up at this time of the year.
- Appreciate that winter is technically a time when our bodies naturally want to hibernate, so work with the season and rest as much as possible!
Natasha has a “real-life” view of nutrition, assuring people that she is no martyr. “I love nothing more than curling up with a good book and a glass of wine, and I have a weakness for posh chocolates!” she says. “I am a nutritional therapist who aims to help others regain health without feeling that they must deprive themselves of everything they enjoy to achieve health and happiness – to me, that is a contradiction in itself!”
In addition to her weekly drop-in clinic, Natasha welcomes clients to her Haslemere practice, Treat Yourself Nutrition, and to the therapy rooms above Apothecary 27. Find out more at www.treatyourselfnutrition.co.uk; www.facebook.com/treatyourselfnutri.