Jenna Johnston Functional Nutrition


  • How to Use Food to Boost Energy & Reverse Burnout as a Mom
    The journey of motherhood is profoundly rewarding yet undeniably challenging, especially in the postpartum years. During this time, new moms often experience a significant change in their physical and emotional well-being. One common struggle is dealing with fatigue and burnout, a result of the immense changes and demands placed on the body and mind. Fortunately, …
  • Postpartum Candida Overgrowth: Causes & Natural Solutions for a Common Concern
    Candida overgrowth has become a common health concern and I’ve seen it over and over again in my patients struggling with chronic symptoms during the postpartum years and beyond. The likely reason for this is that pregnancy and the postpartum period can increase the risk of candida overgrowth due to several factors. And if the …
  • Leaky Gut & Postpartum Depression: Is There a Link Between Them?
    When we think about the cause of depression we often only think about an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain. However, new research is beginning to uncover a whole-body connection to depression and gut health may be one of the most important connections.  More specifically, research has found a link between increased intestinal permeability (i.e. …
  • Is Saffron Safe & Effective for Postpartum Depression? Here’s What the Research Says
    Every year 15-20% of mothers experience postpartum depression (PPD) and that percentage rose up to 36% within the past few years due to COVID.1 And although antidepressant medications are an option for mothers who are experiencing PPD, studies have shown that many women- especially those who are pregnant or breastfeeding- wish to avoid medications due …
  • Top 11 Nutrients for Supporting Postpartum Mental Health
    Studies that have looked into dietary patterns that support mental health often come to similar conclusions about which nutrients seem to have the greatest impact on the risk for depression. Researchers have found that depression is usually correlated with almost every micronutrient other than phosphorus and molybdenum. Below I’ll cover the most common nutrient deficiencies …
  • Should You Take A Multivitamin-Mineral Supplement To Improve Postpartum Depression?
    Studies have found that almost all micronutrients (i.e., vitamins and minerals) are needed in adequate amounts to reduce the risk of depression, and depression is often associated with a variety of micronutrient deficiencies.[1] Since pregnancy, lactation, and postpartum healing all increase the requirements for most micronutrients- not getting enough essential vitamins and minerals can greatly …
  • Postpartum Depression & The Mediterranean Diet: Can Following This Diet Actually Improve Your Mood?
    It’s very likely that at some point in your life, you’ve heard or read about the countless benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. From helping with weight loss, balancing blood sugar, improving cardiovascular health, and more- it’s no wonder why the Mediterranean diet has received so much attention over the last 30 years and is considered …