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functional health coaching

What is Coaching?

Okay, I admit that I live in a bit of a coaching bubble. A lot of my friends are coaches and most of them specialize in a narrow niche. I know lots of Functional Health Coaches, Life Coaches, Grief Coaches, Confidence Coaches, Career Coaches, Mental Fitness Coaches, Executive Coaches, even coaches who just work on your ‘vision’… the list goes on.

But if you’ve never worked with a coach before and aren’t sure what it entails let me try to explain what you’re letting yourself in for.

First Experience

My first experience of working with a coach was in a group program for alopecia. However that program was pure information and not coaching at all. While information is part of the story it doesn’t facilitate the transformation that coaching can provide. This is why I draw a clear line between my online courses which are pure information and the option of group coaching which gives the opportunity for you to experience an ‘Aha!’ moment unique to you.

While I originally retrained as a Functional Health coach to help others with hair loss, I quickly realised the immense power that coaching has the power to deliver when I was coaching women from all over the world in order to become certified through the Kresser Institute. It’s literally life-changing. For example, my mental fitness coaching enabled me to give up alcohol. I’m seven months sober and have just had my first booze free birthday and Christmas. The Positive Intelligence mental fitness program was a game changer for me. After completing the seven week training I stopped drinking and haven’t looked back. The great thing about this program is that you can apply it to any area of your life that you’re struggling with. Click here if you’d like to know more: https://practicalhealthcoach.uk/mental-fitness/

My background isn’t a ‘normal’ one. I’ve lived and worked all over the world and have made major life changes with ease. Before retraining as a coach I’d moved between different industries and sectors without any major difficulties. I was already something of an expert at creating positive change. My approach to my own life is that there’s no problem or issue that can’t be either fixed or improved. I bring this attitude to my clients.

Everyone can benefit from coaching

When you look at my website you might assume that I only work with people with hair loss, or women managing perimenopause or with mental fitness… However, I also coach a couple of days a week for a local non-profit. This keeps my feet firmly on the ground and gives me the opportunity to work with an incredibly diverse group of people. To date I’ve coached men, women and those who are gender fluid on weight loss, chronic disease management, alcohol and drug misuse, long Covid, anxiety and homelessness.

From homeless to an apartment in a couple of months

If coaching can support a homeless young man who’s sleeping in his car while continuing to hold down a full-time job, what could it do for you? He moves into his own apartment in January, he’s secured a promotion at work and he’s started a business on the side! Our coaching gave him a non-judgmental space to talk about what he wanted in his life. Together we came up with simple, practical goals for him to work on each week. His confidence in himself grew as he experienced success, and then he became braver and took bigger and bolder actions. Obviously as his coach I want him to succeed, but I can’t take those steps for him. It sounds cheesy but when he lacked confidence or focus the space created in our coaching calls gave him that confidence and direction which was lying underneath all along.

Definition of coaching

This is a comprehensive definition from Wellcoaches: The relationship between a coach and client offers a profound level of support, guidance, and encouragement to making changes, without being judgmental. A coach enables change by focusing on a client’s stated agenda including needs, values, vision, and goals and helping to bring out his/her personal best.

Coaching enables you to take that next step to prioritise yourself. It can be scary because you’re owning up to that responsibility. If your goal is to lose weight all of those excuses that you’ve been telling yourself start to disappear until we unearth the actual reason behind it. Once that’s uncovered we can deal with it together in the non-judgmental coaching space. It may take a few months or just a couple of sessions. That said when you start to make a commitment to yourself it becomes its own reward.

Ready?

If you’re ready to discover your own future personal agenda let’s have a no obligation chat. https://calendly.com/practicalhealthcoach/coachingmagic I might not be the right coach for you which is fine, the chances are that I’ll be able to recommend somebody else from my network who might be a better fit. What do you have to lose?

Getting to the Root Cause of Hair Loss

One of the areas that I work on with clients is getting to the bottom of the root cause of hair loss. Once we figure out what the cause is we can address it and support your hair regrowth. It could be caused by an autoimmune disease, poor nutrition/absorption, infections, chronic stress, a traumatic event, hormones or histamine intolerance. And that’s just for starters! Clearly you are not going to get the bottom of this in a 12 minute GP appointment, or just by using a topical steroid prescribed by a dermatologist.

Genes load the gun…

If we acknowledge the widely accepted concept that genes load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger with regards to disease, then it makes sense to start here. Let’s put it another way, if we both have the same autoimmune condition e.g. Hashimoto’s, mine could have been caused by extreme stress which kept the body in fight or flight mode for sustained periods of time. While yours could have been created by inadequate sleep and eating foods that your body doesn’t tolerate well.

We have the same disease with (potentially) an identical impact on our thyroid functions causing hair loss among other symptoms. Our doctors will likely have prescribed the same dose of thyroid hormone. However, our treatment strategies to resolve the root cause of disease would be completely different. Mine would include stress management techniques, yours would incorporate a sleep hygiene protocol and a food diary to track the impact of the food that you’re eating.

Root Cause of Hair Loss

If we look at the root cause for alopecia any of the below list could be a trigger:

  • A car accident
  • An infection
  • A hormonal imbalance (e.g. pregnancy)
  • Chronic stress
  • Environmental toxicity (e.g. mold, heavy metals)
  • Histamine intolerance

This could be compounded with gut dysbiosis and/or leaky gut. As you can see all of these triggers are completely different and yet create the same end result of hair loss.

Alopecia

I’m frequently asked about the root cause for my son’s alopecia. I’ve concluded the following:

  • Genetics: We have a family history (both maternal and paternal) of AI disease.
  • Gut problems: Intolerance to dairy leading to leaky gut AND antibiotics wiping out gut bacteria
  • Triggers:
    • Underlying Stress – Moving internationally and attending 3 schools in 3 years
    • Trauma – 2016, Broken leg (nasty spiral fracture), 2017 Broken arm, 2018 Broken finger
    • Mindset – All of the breaks occurred while playing rugby, each recovery necessitated not playing rugby (which he loves) for between 6-15 weeks. I think that this had a negative impact on mental health.

I hope you can see that this particular scenario is unique to my son, just as your root cause will be completely unique to you.

It takes time to get to the bottom of the reasons for your hair loss, and it’s highly likely to be multi-factorial. Your hair is not a separate part of your body, it’s all connected. For example, if your nutrition/absorption is poor your body will prioritise your essential organs over your skin (the body’s largest organ) and hair.

I hope that this brief article has provided an insight into how figuring out your root cause can help you to regrow your hair. My program is naturally tailored to your precise circumstances because one size does not fit all.

If you’d like to find out how I can help you please book a call following this link: https://calendly.com/practicalhealthcoach/45-min