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Women's Wellness Specialist

Essential Nutrition -  - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Essential Nutrition

Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, Emotional Eating & Eating Disorder Specialists located at Foothills and Arapahoe in Boulder and Federal Heights in Denver, CO.

Whether you need to boost your nutritional health during pregnancy, prevent or treat a chronic disease, or you feel sluggish and tired, you can receive comprehensive women’s wellness care from Lisa Lanzano, MS, RDN, and the exceptional team of registered dietitian nutritionists at Essential Nutrition. At the Boulder and Denver, Colorado, offices, they offer advanced testing such as body composition testing, micronutrient analysis, and nutrigenomics and create a customized plan that delivers the nutrition you need for optimal health. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices or book an appointment online.

Women's Wellness Q & A

How does nutrition support women’s wellness?


Nutrition is the foundation for living an active, healthy life and preventing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. 

Every part of your body depends on adequate nutrition, from healing and energy production to keeping your muscles, nerves, heart, and brain functioning.

Women also have unique nutritional needs. These are just examples of micronutrients that are vital for women:


Women who menstruate lose a significant amount of iron during each monthly period. As a result, premenopausal women need more than twice the amount of iron than men to lower their risk for iron deficiency anemia.

Calcium and vitamin D

Everyone needs calcium and vitamin D to support strong bones. Getting enough of both nutrients throughout adulthood is especially important for women because once they reach menopause, their bone density drops and their risk for osteoporosis dramatically increases.

How does nutrition promote wellness during pregnancy and lactation?

The team at Essential Nutrition works closely with women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It’s not enough to keep following a typical daily diet because pregnant and lactating women need more nutrients than normal, especially folate, iron, and calcium.

Monitoring your nutrition is important because malnutrition during pregnancy increases the risk of having a preterm birth or a low-birthweight baby. A deficiency in nutrients such as folic acid may cause congenital anomalies and birth defects. 

Poor nutrition during pregnancy may also increase your baby’s risk for chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension in adulthood.

How does nutrition promote wellness in women with PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) develops when a hormonal imbalance causes a wide range of women’s health problems, including:

  • Irregular or infrequent periods
  • Abnormal facial and body hair
  • Multiple cysts on your ovaries
  • Acne
  • Weight gain
  • Insulin resistance
  • Infertility

Following a healthy intuitive eating plan developed by the Essential Nutrition dietitians is a key part of your treatment for PCOS because it can help you lose weight, maintain normal blood sugar levels, and reduce the symptoms of PCOS. 

How does nutrition promote wellness in women with PMS?

Your overall lifestyle, including eating a healthy diet, goes a long way toward relieving premenstrual syndrome (PMS). 

For example, avoiding foods and beverages with salt, sugar, and caffeine in the two weeks before your period may help reduce your symptoms. The team at Essential Nutrition can help further alleviate your PMS symptoms with a plan to boost certain micronutrients.

The Essential Nutrition dietitians are experts in supporting women’s wellness. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.