I'm Komal - The Holistic Pharmacist and welcome!
I'm so pleased you're here and it's a pleasure to tell you a little more about me and my journey with holistic health.
For a long time I had known that making lifestyle changes was the key to improving health, it was part and parcel of my training as a pharmacist. The key message being most chronic conditions/diseases are lifestyle related, but it wasn't until I started to become educated in the true holistic disciplines such as Ayurveda and Functional Medicine that I began to realise that if we don't address a person with all their different facets then we'll never be able to deliver a truly effective solution when it comes managing someone's health and wellbeing.
Having spent years as a pharmacist, I was keen to understand how our diets could influence our health, and this led me to developing my own turmeric supplement and thus Amala Pure Health was born! An age old spice I had grown up with but I'd never truly paid much attention to until after the birth of my son, when I was searching for a natural way to boost my immunity. The evidence aside, my immunity improved hugely, so much so, that in my son's first winter I didn't catch a single cough or cold and that immunity protection has seen me through to this day.
In our supplement, we advocate using the whole spice and pretty much nothing else either, apart from a tiny amount of a single additive which I'll come to later. Other supplements may boast having isolated certain compounds, but the truth is we don't yet fully understand how all of the compounds found in turmeric work in conjunction together and thus delivering the amazing benefits of this root. Therefore, isolating one compound from another was not the method of formulation we chose to use. Apart from that, we strongly believe in and recognise the benefits of eating whole foods and it something we try to practice every day in our household!
Now, on to that one single additive. Our capsules are the highest quality organic turmeric, cultivated in India, and encased in vegan capsules here in the UK. However, turmeric isn't readily absorbed by the human body unless certain conditions are met - such as it being treated with heat and consumed along with a fat of some kind, e.g. coconut oil or milk, hence its effectiveness when used in India cooking, for example.
Now, cooking Indian food from raw ingredients everyday in order to get your turmeric hit is not practical for most people! That's where BioPerine comes in to the picture. BioPerine increases what is known a bioavailability, the ability of a substance to be absorbed by the body. We add 5mg of BioPerine to every 500mg turmeric capsule and this means your body can absorb our supplement 2000 times more effectively than just taking turmeric on its own! By adding this small amount we made our capsules both effective and convenient! To learn more about BioPerine you can follow this link.
The journey to Amala Pure Health also led me on to exploring lifestyle changes and their impact on my physical and mental health and wellbeing. Post-pregnancy I had some weight to shift and I quickly experienced the impact on my weight in a relatively short space of time. My goal was to lose weight, but never did I expect that I would end up weighing what I weighed in my first year of university 20 years earlier! But, amazingly I did, and most importantly, I maintained my ideal weight and felt so much more better in myself! This inspired me to learn more and I am now a qualified health coach and functional medicine practitioner.
With over 14 years of experience as a pharmacist I've seen first hand how the one size fits all approach to health simply isn't working; it doesn't take into account that each and every single one of us is unique, and needs a bespoke solution to improving our health and wellbeing. Seemingly small changes can have a huge collective impact on one's health and wellbeing. Which is why I'm all about helping people to manage their health and wellbeing in a gentle way which honours their unique self and where any prescribed lifestyle changes are easy to incorporate.
Having worked with a number of clients now, I've seen just how transformative lifestyle changes can be in managing health and wellbeing. My clients have come to me as one person, and left as very different versions of themselves. Happier, healthier and more comfortable in their own skin.
If you'd like to explore how we can work together to manage your health and wellbeing in a gentle holistic way, then book a free 30 minute discovery call with me.
In good health
Komal - The Holistic Pharmacist