FAD diets can contribute to health problems, says Bicton fitness nutritionist Jess Lowe.
Three years ago she opened Happy Healthy at the Heathcote Cultural Precinct, educating people about diet and how a low-calorie or restrictive diet can cause more damage than good.
“So many health issues like increased stress, depression, leaky gut, inflammation, infertility and even worsening conditions like PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) come from a diet lacking in nutrients,” Ms Lowe says.
Her mum battled with her weight for years and suffered gallstones, and liver and kidney abscesses.
“For years she was in and out of hospital.
“The doctors told us these problems are conditions caused from her crash diets in her teenage years.”
Ms Lowe trained in nutrition after battling her own health problems, including adrenal fatigue, depression and sleep deprivation.
A healthy gut relies on a wide variety of nutrients, in particular healthy fats and fibre.
“When these are lacking our hormones get out of whack and cause all sorts of issues.”
Ninety per cent of serotonin (the happy hormone) is made in the gut, which regulates all hormones.
“Which is why a healthy gut is so important to live a happy and healthy life.”
Now in her 30s and with a baby daughter, Ms Lowe is 15 kilos lighter than she was as a teen, and is happier and healthier.
Happy Healthy advises people on good eating, along with meal plans, cooking classes and wellness events.
“I know first hand how simple good nutrition can be and my clients results are a testament to that.”
For more information go to happynhealthy.com.au
By Jenny D’Anger