Your partner in vitality, natural healing and health.
Hi, I’m Mel Ibrihim, a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner with a Bachelor of Applied Science.
I have first hand experience of how emotionally hard it can be when you know there’s something not quite right with your body and health, but no one will give you answers. After experiencing cycle after cycle of IVF that didn’t work I felt less like a person, more like a science experiment.
Fed up with appointments and heartache I decided to seek answers for myself, by studying and becoming a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) practitioner. FDN is a deep investigation into the physiology and functionality of the body through diagnostic functional tests. As I immersed myself in this science based and holistic approach I began to get answers about my health that I had never had before.
Through diagnostic functional laboratory tests I found my cortisol rhythm was off and I was in stage 2 adrenal dysfunction. My liver was congested, I had a lot of free radical damage, an overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria, food sensitivities and a whole lot more.
All these factors were contributing to a long battle with infertility and general feelings of stress and exhaustion.
Now I had the knowledge and motivation to change. Along with my mentor, we created a specific nutrition plan customised for me from the data we collected from the functional testing combined with my individual circumstances. I jumped off a lifelong seesaw of disordered eating and began cooking and eating nourishing foods. I ate real, whole food and followed a sensible diet based on sustainable, organic, local produce, with seafood and grass fed, hormone free meats and no preservatives. However, the nutrition plan was refined for my metabolism, my lifestyle, my deficiencies and my goals. I included supplements to compliment the nutrition plan and to help achieve my goal of fertility and vitality.
My body and mind loved it.
I had more energy, felt better, my moods improved, my skin and hair shone and I finally fell naturally pregnant.
I give credit to the conventional medicine and treatment I received along the way, but for me the real change came when I looked in depth at my physiology through functional diagnostic testing to understand what the underlying causes were for my infertility and fatigue. Once I addressed the causes of my health issues, my fertility and vitality returned.
Four years on I am now the happy and healthy mother of an active, beautiful girl and a vibrant, cheerful baby boy.
Infertility and fatigue is my personal story, but I can help you with whatever your personal situation is. The functional diagnostic testing is the window into solving the mysteries of what is causing the symptoms. Whether you want some help with fatigue, to clear brain fog, improve your digestion, thyroid problems, autoimmune conditions or just feel better I am committed to being your partner in your health. Together, through a holistic, science based approach that works, we will find answers, peace of mind and put you on the road to leading the lifestyle you want.