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What is nutritional therapy?    
Nutritional therapy applies principles derived from current biochemical and physiological scientific knowledge for the purpose of promoting optimal health and wellbeing whilst recognising biochemical individuality. By assessing the individual’s nutrient needs, the nutritional therapist aims to aid the normal physiological function and maintenance of homeostasis, a position of wellbeing we all seek, but sometimes fail to achieve.

Definitions for ‘food’ and ‘diet’ seem so misunderstood now-a-days, it is not just about putting something in the mouth, chewing and swallowing it. Food should be nourishing, tasteful, enjoyable, and energizing.

“Material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, to maintain and repair vital processes and to furnish energy”

“Food and drink regularly provided or consumed”
“Habitual nourishment”

Food is packed full of complex, biologically active molecules and it is no surprise that it has an impact on our health. Currently we often eat with pleasure in mind and treat cooking as a hobby, whereas our bodies are hard-wired to treat food as a basis of our survival. We have cravings for sweets and fats that can lead us down the path of bodily destruction, which we have to overcome to nourish our body for optimal performance.

Some people predict an age of diets customised to individual energy needs and disease susceptibility. But no matter how good the science, that will still take some time. In the meanwhile we need to conquer the eating for health and pleasure at the same time.
Striking a balance is sometimes difficult, fraught with complications, and possibly confused by marketing messages. A nutritional therapist will guide, encourage and support you through your journey towards optimal health to achieve your goals in life.

Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been repeatedly shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body.

What to expect from a consultation?
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High blodd pressure   Feeling continuously tired
Have your energy levels plummeted? Do you feel that you can’t achieve what you used to do? The 21st century lifestyle is making ever increasing demands on our time and resources. The result is often fatigue, characterised by a diminished capacity for work and reduced efficiency of accomplishment, which may be accompanied by a feeling of weariness, sleepiness, or irritability.

Whether the cause of your tiredness is a busy schedule and lack of sleep or poor digestion, food sensitivities, or gut infection, adapting right food choices can allow you to build up your energy levels.

Adequate and appropriate nutrition is crucial to healthy human energy metabolism. Without the optimal daily intake of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, phytonutrients and energy, optimum vitality and physical performance will not be achieved.
Cold   Frequent colds or viruses
We all get colds and viruses at times but if they become frequent your immune system may not be functioning at optimal level, therefore causing a compromised resistance against infections. Stress, poor food choices, imbalanced absorption of nutrients and food intolerance may have played a part in causing this sub-optimal defence mechanism.

You can do a great deal to boost your own immune defences with right food choices. We can help you to make those choices by recommending tasty and nutritious options for continued wellbeing and increased bug tolerance.
Sports performance   Sports performance
Are you training but seem to have plateaued in your performance? Do you suffer from continuous digestive issues and/or injuries. Whether you consider yourself an athlete or are otherwise serious about getting in shape, ‘our body is our temple’ and we need to manage the multitude of bodily stressors and ensure the best possible nutrient intake and absorption to achieve performance gains whether they relate to endurance, strength or mentally biased sports. It is equally important to consider the periodisation of the dietary intake, varying the needs between hard and light training periods and pre- and post trial or competition to ensure optimal performance at the right time. Get a dietary plan that is personalised to fit you and your goals.
stress   Anxiety / stress
Are you overly worried about things or are you feeling stressed and drained, unable to function at your best and sleep restfully? Either way, it can be very debilitating, causing strain on your body and your relationships.

While the 21st century constantly ‘on demand’ lifestyle may play a role or you may have a genetic predisposition to worry, other factors to consider are blood sugar imbalance, food intolerances and nutrient deficiencies. We can look at your current diet and lifestyle and also use tests to check any imbalances. This could include a straightforward saliva test for cortisol and DHEA stress hormones. Your tailored food and lifestyle recommendations may also include supplements to help you reach the balance again.
weight management   Weight management
Maintaining a healthy weight is not always easy but it is critical for our long-term health. Being overweight is a recognized risk factor in degenerative diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease and it contributes to multiple other health conditions affecting energy, blood pressure, digestion, joint health, and self-esteem.

While fad diets may help in the short-term, true results require routines that fit your lifestyle and take into account your food likes and dislikes. We can work together to develop the right plan for you!
Indigestion   Indigestion
You may call it heartburn or indigestion but the pain is real and it is usually felt in the upper abdomen after a meal. The pain or discomfort may be accompanied by nausea, burping and flatulence.

It is important to rule out any serious conditions with your GP. The many causes of indigestion include inadequate levels of stomach acid, ulcers, structural problems, gut infections, smoking, and stress. We analyse your diet and take into account any diagnostic findings from your GP and may also use further functional testing to recommend options that aim to alleviate your symptoms allowing you to enjoy your food.
Constipation / Diarrhea   Constipation / diarrhea
We are all familiar with a spout of constipation and diarrhea but when either condition becomes chronic, we risk colon disease, dehydration and many other health problems. Ideal frequency of bowel movement is one to three times a day. The excretion should be painless and well formed, if it is anything else, it is a sign of some type of imbalance.

The amount of dietary fibre and digestive enzymes, gut infections, food intolerances, hormones, medication, sedentary lifestyle, and hydration can all play a role in bowel function. Right food choices and exercise can provide the needed relief. We can help to identify the contributing factors and recommend the dietary and lifestyle approach that support natural excretion of waste from your body.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. It may manifest as abdominal pain, varied bowel function, whether constipation or diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, or anxiety among others. Causes and symptoms vary from person to person.

Food choices are known to play a critical role in alleviating the symptoms of IBS. Food intolerances, infections, deficiencies, hormones, and lifestyle choices are all considered during the consultation and we may also suggest functional testing to be able to better tailor the recommendations for you.
Food intolerances...   Food intolerances / allergies
Do you have sinus problems, headaches or continuous digestive issues? Do you suffer from mood swings, arthritis, or skin problems? If you do, you may be reacting to a food or a substance.

It is important to identify any allergens that maybe be causing the issues and why. This allows us to understand the underlying causes to design a programme that supports the relevant body systems. Careful food planning can help to prevent further issues and there is a possibility that in time, after a healing period, you may be able to enjoy again the foods that previously caused discomfort.
Mood swings   Mood swings
Tearful, cheery, explosive, can’t be bothered, worried, irritated, sad, happy, easily upset, optimistic…. These many moods, among others, may all be part of your day. It could be your body’s way of telling you that something is out of balance.

Mood swings may be caused by multiple factors, including blood sugar imbalance, food intolerances and poor stress response. We can review the potential underlying causes and recommend a food and lifestyle plan that will help you to feel calm and balanced again, by obtaining the needed nutrients from right food choices at right times of the day.
Skin problems   Skin problems
Skin is the largest organ in the body with an average surface area of 22 square feet (2m2) in an adult. Skin is a remarkable window to what might be happening inside us, whether that be an infection (cold sores, chicken pox) or a problem with the liver. Skin is also influenced by a multitude of other factors including food, drink, environment, chemicals and cosmetics.

Nutrition is fundamentally involved at every stage of skin development. If you have issues with your skin, we will collaborate with your GP to rule in or out any allergens, consider possible intolerances, and ensure that the digestive and detoxification processes are supported with the right nutrients. Your personal consultation and recommendations will help you to eat your way to a beautiful skin.
Headaches, migraines   Headaches, migraines
Frequent headaches and migraines have a myriad of potential causes ranging from stress, emotional changes, hormonal changes, food allergies, chemicals, muscle tension, and eye problems to lack of sleep or excess sleep.

We can help you identify the triggers with help of a questionnaire to allow us to take corrective action to relieve the pain. Food intolerance or chemical sensitivity testing may be suggested to inform the personalized recommendations for you.
High blood pressure   High Blood Pressure
The principal factors in the development of hypertension are high salt intake, low potassium intake (lack of fruit and vegetables in the diet), excess weight, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol intake.

Much of the above is in your control and with our tailor-made nutrition and lifestyle recommendations you can take affirmative action to lower your blood pressure and therefore reduce your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, which are directly linked to hypertension due to the increased pressure in the arteries.
Hormonal fluctuations   Hormonal fluctuations
While women more commonly suffer from hormonal issues, men and youngsters are not immune to hormonal fluctuations. On a day-to-day basis our energy levels, restful sleep, mood and weight are all influenced by various hormones.

We can help you to adjust your nutrition intake and food practices with an aim to even out your hormonal function and to improve the quality of your life.
Fetility   Fertility
UK National Fertility Survey from 2007 suggests that up to a third of couples struggle to conceive. Miscarriages, reduced sperm count, sperm abnormalities, and use of IVF have all increased significantly over the past couple of decades.

Human fertility is an extremely complex function and in addition to your age, many aspects of life including stress levels, smoking, environmental and occupational hazards, toxic metals and overall diet and lifestyle all have an impact. We need healthy eggs and healthy sperm to produce a healthy baby.

Many of the influencing factors are under your control and we can help you to ensure that your food and lifestyle choices give you the best possible foundation for getting pregnant.
PMT Period pains   PMT, period pains
While the exact causes of PMS are not certain, there are about 150 recorded symptoms that can affect women of childbearing age. These include cravings for sweets, feeling bloated, headaches, constipation, achy, tender breasts, and dramatic mood swings among others.

Balancing your blood sugar by following a hormone balancing diet can be very effective in relieving PMS symptoms while also increasing your energy levels. Don’t suffer unnecessarily, contact us now to get your nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to allow you to get on with enjoying your life.
Menopause   Menopause
Menopause is a natural event when women run out of eggs and this is naturally combined with multiple hormonal changes. While some women manage the menopause symptom-free, there are others that suffer from many symptoms that can include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, lack of energy, joint pains, weight gain, headaches, mood swings, declining libido, changes in skin and hair, and osteoporosis.

Your body is working to adjust to many hormonal changes and a well-balanced diet is critical to allow it to do so naturally. Our personalized nutrition and lifestyle recommendations will allow you to take charge of supporting your hormones, bones, mood and energy levels during this important transition time.
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