So we’ve all heard the phrase “The student becomes the master”, right? Well when I met Amy Hollenkamp, it didn’t take me long to realize that despite being a student, she was already an expert. As a clinical dietitian, I precept a number of interns each year who are completing rotations as a mandatory part of their journey to becoming a dietitian themselves. Amy was one of my very first interns, and although she was a student at the time, I learned so much about gut health from her!
Amy’s journey to becoming a dietitian is a bit different than most. About two years ago, she was actually working full-time as a marketing and sales analyst after receiving her masters degree from the University of Cincinnati. During this time, however, she was struggling with a slew of health issues.
Amy was battling, what she describes as, constant bloating and abdominal discomfort, and she turned to her gastroenterologist for answers. After being tested for celiac disease, infections, ulcers, and irritable bowel disease, her negative test results left her perplexed and frustrated.. On one hand, this was a relief! On the other hand, she was left with more questions than answers.
The GI doctor informed Amy that she was just experiencing a bad case of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS,) and suggested that Amy take some metamucil and reduce her stress. Amy knew that what she was experiencing had to be something more - sure, she knew her bowels were irritated, but why?! After taking matters into her own hands, Amy not only found the root cause of her symptoms, but a whole new passion for functional medicine and gut research that lead her to change her career path entirely... and thank goodness she did. Today, she is a Registered Dietitian helping countless patients who are struggling with gut diseases regain control of their health and their lives.
Amy did not have IBS, she had SIBO (small intestinal bowel overgrowth.) Amy actually argues that IBS is just a junk diagnosis, and her reasoning is pretty dang convincing - check out her explanation here . In her private practice, she helps individuals with SIBO get to the root cause of their symptoms to achieve true healing, which is no small feat. The complexities of SIBO are incredible, but who better to help you overcome these symptoms than someone who knows all too well what it’s like to go through them?
If you’re not already convinced that gut health is the foundation of our overall health, let Amy educate you. She is launching an 8-week gut-restoration program at Liberty Farm Market this May. The program is designed to revitalize your health so that you can live your absolute best life! Think faster metabolism, easier weight loss, better digestion, stronger immune function, balanced hormones, better moods, more vibrant skin and hair, more energy, and improved longevity... ummm where do I sign up?! Contact Amy if you are interested or would like more info on “Healthy Gut Healthy Life” here - and sign up before April 15th to get a 15%-off discount
You can learn more about Amy’s incredible story here. Knowing that such a passionate and positive individual is working in the health and wellness industry to improve people’s lives sure gives me a lot of confidence in the future. If you are struggling with gut issues, let Amy give you confidence in the future of your health by checking out her services here.
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