Nutritional Approach

at Maya Health Institute Hong Kong

Similar to the homeopathic approach which respects and takes into consideration an individual’s situation, age, family, medical history; nutritional advice is given on the basis of the person’s specific needs. Recommendations are founded on research-based whole food nutrition, experienced homeopathic therapy and 20 years of clinical experience working with all age groups and a variety of issues.

On assessing the situation Dr. Sonal prefers to make required changes to inculcate a healthy diet with minimal alterations to accustomed flavours and food. This is especially important as strengthening the diet with familiar flavours and textures results in a long-term enthusiasm for the healthier option. Children too find it easier to adapt.
At Maya we suggest wholefood natural options rather than commercial processed health-shakes and excessive supplements. A few select supplements may be suggested depending on the individual need.
Clients already on specific diets are also welcome.

Educational Information on Nutrition for Health.

Pregnancy and effective breast-feeding. Regaining Health after child-birth. Appropriate food, hydration and exercise during pregnancy can help the mother have a comfortable healthy pregnancy and lower the risk of complications such as high blood pressure and diabetes.[1]

The ancient wisdom of watching what you eat in the first few weeks after delivery can be confirmed clinically with newborns reacting to hyper-allergenic foods and chemicals that the mother is exposed to. Breastmilk, the best nutrition available to the newborn is an extension of the mother’s diet. Care during this time will have an exponential positive impact on the baby’s health. [2]

Testimonial of Homeopathy and Nutritional Advice to support breast feeding

From a lovely devoted mother who breastfed her 3rd child upto the age of one after inability to sustain feeding in her first two children.
After having difficulties with breastfeeding my two daughters, I was determined to pull through with my son. Having seen great improvements to my daughters’ health, I put my belief in homeopathy to help me through this challenging task.

With continuous care and support from Dr. Sonal, many of the problems I had encountered with my first two children were addressed and tackled: engorgement, cracked nipples, body pains and milk supply. Knowing that there were natural remedies to battle these common problems made me at ease, allowing me to relax, so I could focus on eating well & getting adequate rest.

The effect of the remedies was almost immediate. My cracked nipples would heal between feeds, there were no aches and most importantly my milk supply was quite consistent (I was also taking Fenugreek).

This peace of mind allowed me to successfully nurse my son for one year, from which I see immense benefits. Compared to my girls, his immune system is stronger and he did not encounter any food sensitivities or allergies when he started solids.
Tasneem B.,  Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Nutritional information and support during weaning babies.

Natural and Healthy Pregnancy Today

Healthy and Practical Food Advice for School Children.

Advice is based on whole-food nutrition along with an understanding of what is needed for the child’s body type and what the child wants to eat. [3]

Fitness and weight-loss/weight maintenance in Teenagers and Adults.

We are in an era of either over indulgence or over-restriction. Known to be affected by media and peer-pressure, this age group is vulnerable to fad diets followed rigidly enough to cause deficiencies. Anxiety, academic and social is many a time an underlying factor in food issues.

At Maya the young person is supported homeopathically and suggested appropriate nutritional changes. Advice is based on respecting the young persons views while incorporating evidence-based nutrition.

Note: Confirmed cases of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulemia would need a psychologist, registered dietician and doctor with experience in treating eating disorders as part of the core team of therapists.

Healthy Nutrition for Women and Men after 40

Mid–life changes start around 40 years of age.  Appropriate healthy changes to the diet and lifestyle support the change. Research confirms that efforts to stay within the normal weight range, healthy waist-hip circumference ratio and BMI show a reduced incidence of type-2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer. [4]

Appropriate Nutrition for women and men after 50:

Protecting muscle, bone and preparing for a healthy, bright minded 60-70’s
Recent research shows that metabolic health in our 50’s can predict the state of cognitive health , thinking , comprehension, memory functions,  Alzheimer’s disease incidence in our 70’s. [5]

Studies available suggest correct eating, drinking, exercise and body weight at this age positively influences healthy ageing.

Women after their periods have stopped tend to gain weight and loose calcium from their bones. Additional dryness of the skin and mucus membranes can cause urinary irritation and bladder problems.  Proactively ensuring adequate diet and exercise is found to protect muscles and bones ( osteopenia, osteoporosis)

Healthy Ageing: Protect your intellect and your muscle tone.

Research into body and mind changes as we get older shows that some deterioration, initially thought inevitable, can be slowed  with the correct nutritional support and physical activity. A healthy diet and exercise regain an important place in our daily schedule comparable to that given to a young child. Healthy food and playtime (physical activity to strengthen the limbs and balance ) is a must. Research on healthy eating such as a Mediterranean diet, active exercise,  and supplementation supports long term cognitive, emotional, physical strength and health.
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