Kim Perez is an FNTP, RWP, and RCPC on a mission to empower women. She uses her tools and knowledge to assist women while making them feel in control of their health journey, especially postpartum. Her key strategies include stress management and mineral balance.
She also links her practice to her own postpartum experience. Let’s listen to Perez to learn more about her experience and how it inspired her to help other women entering motherhood.
Perez starts the conversation with a brief introduction. We learn she graduated from the NTA in 2015 and started Root and Branch Nutrition. Her aim was to help women combat digestive and body image issues.
Perez goes on to discuss the lab tests she prioritizes with clients. We learn about the HTMA test and its importance for just about everyone as a starting point. We discuss several other tests like the GIMAP, blood panels, and DUTCH tests.
Our discussion also highlights when Perez suggests a client runs these tests for better health. The conversation covers the pregnancy timeline and how the tests are incredibly valuable postpartum.
Perez talks about patterns in postpartum depletion like total exhaustion and lack of minerals that can cause overall stress. Some women are in a more active state of stress like anxiety and lack of sleep.
Perez discusses some mineral strategies for postpartum mothers. She mentions the benefits of adrenal cocktails for improved cellular hydration and why it’s so important for new moms to eat enough calories. She feels women often forget their own needs, which kickstarts the depletion.
Perez talks about the initial conversations that take place to better understand the moms and where they are at. While focusing on stress and emotions, Perez also uses food-based supplements to better support her clients.
It is essential clients understand their patterns and symptoms. Perez feels postpartum mental health awareness has improved but is often one-sided. There is a lot more women can do and have control over than we are often led to believe.
#1 Postpartum Health and Mineral Nutrition
We learn mineral health is closely linked to postpartum depression. A balanced diet enriched with minerals is crucial for women before, after, and during pregnancy. New mothers can often limit stress concerns and exhaustion if they work on improving their mineral levels.
#2 Personalized Support
Health is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Perez highlights personalized support strategies that help her clients based on their needs. Food-based supplements, client education, and lifestyle changes are critical to help the new mother.
“I was constantly treated by the conventional medical industry. My symptoms were just not prioritized, things were good on paper. I was so passionate about filling these gaps”
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