frequently asked questions
Q: How does a customized health solution work?
A: My goal is to balance your body so it can function optimally. I use nutrition, both food and/or supplements, to do this. I also provide education, which is a key to prevention. A protocol is designed specifically for you so that you will be taking the correct supplements, in optimal amounts. In addition, I will tell you the appropriate time of day your supplements should be taken, and whether to ingest with or without food.
Q: How often do I need to schedule appointments?
A: Scheduling an appointment approximately once a month is ideal. However, the interim between appointments may vary on a case-by-case basis. Either way, you will derive ongoing benefits from the initial consultation as well as from subsequent appointments.
Q: How do I prepare for an appointment?
A: Once an appointment is scheduled, I will send you two forms to complete and bring to the appointment. The forms will ask you to list your health concerns and symptoms. It is best if you bring your current supplements and medications to each appointment. A list will suffice in the event you cannot bring the containers themselves.
Q: How do I know my regimen is working for me?
A: Subjectively, you should notice that in general you feel better, and have a decrease in symptoms. Objectively, I can utilize blood chemistry analysis to track your progress. Reference "Blood Chemistry Analysis" on Services page.
Q: Who would benefit from an appointment?
A: Anyone can benefit; it's helpful at any stage of health. Whether you need your health profile reversed, or simply maintained, a nutritional solution is available. You do not need to feel unwell to benefit.
Q: How do you help people with weight concerns?
A: Balance is the key. Too much, or too little weight is merely a symptom of overall imbalance in your body. For example, if your body is overweight, getting balanced typically results in weight loss, and if your body is underweight, balance should result in weight gain. The two most common ways I help with weight concerns are by finding out if the foods you are eating are causing problems, and by giving you the specific nutritional tools your body needs. These needed "tools" vary from person to person and include information/education, supplements and food lists.
Q: Will we talk about specific foods and/or dietary changes at the initial appointment?
A: It is entirely up to you. Usually I address the food side of nutrition by the third or fourth appointment, once you have noticed the positive changes from your supplement regimen.
Q: Will I have to take a lot of pills?
A: In general, the more willing you are to adopt healthy eating habits, the less you will need to rely on nutritional supplementation. The supplements I recommend come in various forms - liquid, powder, capsule or tablet. I have access to over 350 options of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, herbs, glandulars and homeopathics. Because everyone's body is unique, I do not use standard recommendations; your body picks what it needs. In my experience most people do well on one to five supplements. Ideally, the number of supplements you need to maintain balance will decrease over time. Once balance is attained, you can maintain your progress with healthy eating habits, regular exercise, adequate sleep, relaxation and stress reduction.
Q: What is "holistic?"
A: The word itself means "whole," and is used to express wholeness with respect to whole person and mind-body connection. Holistic nutrition emphasizes the importance of a person's entire system and the interdependence of its parts, since the mind and body are not separate from each other when it comes to health and well-being. My nutritional approach and emphasis is on how the body's systems function together.
AppointmentsKatie Heath NTP, CNC, CNHP