Case Study: Aicha, 35, Acne, Mood Swings & Poor Digestion

Updated: Oct 25

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When Aicha came to me she was struggling with her skin and digestion. A combo which I often see women struggle with in my clinic:

  • Acne on her face and back

  • Weight fluctuations

  • Poor sleep

  • Bloating and constipation, often going to the toilet less than once per day

Aicha had been given a 3 month course of antibiotics by the doctor to clear up her acne. We discussed the pro’s and con’s of taking the medication and Aicha decided that she wanted to take a more natural approach first and see if we could use nutrition to help improve her skin.

Priority was to balance Aicha’s hormones (which were the cause for the acne) by stabilising her blood sugar levels and ensuring harmful toxins and excess hormones were being excreted properly.

Constipation is a major factor in hormonal imbalance, as irregular bowel movements means that hormones aren't able to leave the body efficiently and end up being recirculated back into the bloodstream.

We worked together on improving the types of food she was eating, when she ate and the importance of proper hydration. This was coupled with advice on exercise and lifestyle which is important to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, our ‘rest and digest’ nervous system.

Many people don't realise that stress plays a huge role in hormonal imbalance. Cortisol, our stress hormone can negatively affect our insulin levels, which is directly related to our hormones. The more this is out of balance, the more we will experience symptoms of PMS, acne, fatigue and low mood.

Within the first month, Aicha’s motivation had improved and she found herself enjoying cooking again and her insomnia had disappeared. By the third month, Aicha’s acne had started to clear up, digestion and bowel movements were very regular, and her moods throughout the month were balanced.

More importantly, Aicha felt in control, and knew what steps to take to get herself back in balance through food and exercise.

After four months of working with Kelly, Aicha no longer experiences mood swings around her periods and her acne is almost gone. She’s much happier and confident with herself and empowered to nourish her body, adjusting to its needs.

Here is what Aicha had to say...

"My concerns were that it would not work, as I did see dermatologists and treated my acne before many times, but it always kept coming back. And with all the commercial recommendations out there, we feel wary of who to trust when it comes to our health and well-being.

I felt like rediscovering myself. The person I wanted to be had finally come out of its shell & stepped out into the light. This was my highlight: the food programme was definitely life changing because although I was eating healthily overall prior to our meeting, I dis