Within this short period, I am mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually different.
I am a healing 25-year old woman who has been working with Pooja for only one year. Within this short period, I am mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually different. I was struggling with discomfort, pain, bloating, and constipation for the last four years. I decided a year ago that enough was enough. Overall, I lived a healthy lifestyle and thought I was doing everything right. I was really surprised to learn about the underlying issues that held me back from feeling my very best.
When I was first introduced to functional medicine, it was overwhelming, time consuming, costly, and a complete lifestyle change, but I was determined and dedicated. Pooja made these aspects of functional medicine seem less daunting. Pooja recommended needed tests as well as nutritional supplements, and offered dietary advice that has changed my life. She thoroughly explained every test result, provided ongoing support through messages, and eased any stress related to my results or protocols. Within a year, I have overcome candida, parasites, hypothyroidism, EBV, SIBO, and adrenal fatigue. This was all through Pooja’s support. Functional medicine is an investment and lifestyle change, but it is absolutely worth it! I would have never expected to reduce bloat, minimize constipation, and experience more happiness and energy daily in just one short year.
I would absolutely encourage others with similar issues to seek Pooja’s help. She has gone above and beyond to confidently advise me during every step of my health journey. I look forward to continuing to see improvements and heal to fully enjoy life with my loved ones!
Despite all of my health issues, I never felt that Pooja saw me as "broken", but rather as an opportunity to support my body's innate healing abilities.
When I had that first call with Pooja, I was not doing well. Physically, I had near-constant bloating and gas, and I also had recurring episodes of fatigue, brain fog, adrenaline rushes in response to the smallest things, which felt less like anxiety and more like an inability to cope with minor stress. Mentally, I had a really hard time focusing at work, and I was starting to develop food anxieties, which contrasted strongly with my original beliefs that all foods from the Earth are nourishing. Worst of all, my biggest fear was that I would actually never get completely better, and that my relationship with food was becoming irreparably damaged. I couldn't see a way back to enjoying so many favorite fruits and vegetables that had become bloat triggers.
Working with Pooja slowly began to heal my relationship with my body and with food. Pooja was both empathetic and encouraging, and I sensed that she truly believed my body could heal itself. Despite all of my health issues, I never felt that Pooja saw me as "broken", but rather as an opportunity to support my body's innate healing abilities. Without so much fear and frustration around food and health, I began to believe the same thing. Based on my own set priorities, we ran some lab tests and tried a few different herbal supports and dietary adjustments. It was extremely validating when a lab test returned showing imbalances in my hormones, especially with my adrenal function and stress response. I learned so much about the connections between the different hormones in the female body and gut health.
I started working with Pooja in May 2019 and we had our last session at the end of September. By November, I was having regular periods and no PMS at all, bloating had become a rare occurrence, and I could eat almost everything again. A few months later, I have zero food restrictions and steady, balanced energy and focus.
What I liked most about working with Pooja was her way of being – compassionate, curious, so knowledgeable yet also respectful of her client, and open. But I also loved how accessible she was. She always replied within two days to any question I had, and her replies were detailed and thoughtful. Lastly, I think it is so rare, even in the functional health world, to find someone who truly considers how closely connected all body systems are – especially in women! Other functional health providers that I have encountered always seemed to be leaving out important considerations, but I never felt that way with Pooja. It was so refreshing to finally be seen as a whole person, to be asked questions I had never considered, and to be guided through seeing patterns in my health that I hadn't noticed before.