I want to make it as easy as possible for you to take back your health through guided nutrition and lifestyle advice. We are not designed to exist in a state of poor health, our bodies are constantly trying to rebalance us into a state of 'homeostasis'. By giving the body the right nutrients and tools it needs, 'homeostasis' and ultimately wellness can be achieved. I take a no-nonsense approach to nutritional therapy, I don't believe in following the herd and jumping on the bandwagon with the latest 'superfood' or fad diet. I treat every client as an individual and assess every factor in their diet and lifestyle that may be their influencing their state of health.
I can assure you I am not the kind of nutritionist to cast judgement over someone's diet and lifestyle. Poor diet choices are normally due to misinformation and confusion brought about through clever marketing, hearsay and mainstream media. We are all individial with our own unique genetic code and biochemical differences. As well as your diet, your current health challenges, lifestyle, environment and emotions also contribute to your individual health picture. That's why the optimum nutritional programme needs to be tailored to fit you.
Nutritional Therapy is about much more than healthy eating and taking a multivitamin supplement. It is a healthcare system that explores ways of balancing a person's nutrition in order to achieve optimal wellness. Whilst a nutrient dense, optimally balanced diet is the basis, there are many other factors to consider.
My approach to nutrition is to use sophisticated functional testing whenever possible, because most of the time guessing doesn’t work.
I am amazed how many practitioners in my industry rely on guesswork. The human body is the most complex machine on earth, a machine composed of 74 trillion cells, and things inevitably go wrong sometimes! For every symptom, there are dozens of potential causes. When things do go wrong, it is important to have an idea of the origin.
The majority of my client's will complete an Organic Acids test (more details here) early on in the treatment plan. Whilst this represents a small upfront cost, it always works out cheaper in the long run and typically saves people many months of following incorrect protocols and wasted money on inappropriate supplements. I am inundated with individuals who come to me after completing failed protocols with other practitioners with no favourable change or even a worsening of symptoms.
My approach acknowledges the naturopathic philosophy that the body is self-healing, but only once the obstacles have been removed and the deficiencies have been replaced. I always look at the underlying root cause of what’s created the set of symptoms. Trying to heal Candida/SIBO/IBS or any other 'dis-ease' before basic metabolic systems have been addressed is almost always likely to be unsuccessful as these 'dis-eases' are merely symptoms of a deeper underlying root cause.
The main areas I focus on centre around the following:
Nutrient insufficiencies, and metabolic imbalances
Central nervous system, sleep and neurotransmitter imbalances
Adrenals, thyroid and sex hormone irregularities
Methylation, epigenetics and immune system
Dysbiosis of the gut
Although I don’t ‘treat’ disease in the way the medical system does, I will provide
recommendations to ease symptoms whilst we address the underlying imbalances that
created the symptoms in the first place. When we look for these underlying root causes,
we find the fundamental imbalances. It is these imbalances that are the obstacles and
removing these obstacles is paramount to the success of the treatment. After all, it is not the bloating and gas that is the cause of someone's health issues, these are just symptoms manifesting from an imbalanced microbiome and a dysfunctional immune system.
As incredible as nutritional therapy can be, occasionally I may refer clients to practitioners of other modalities to enhance the treatment outcome and provide added benefit in the healing journey. One of the most important aspects of healing is to maintain a sufficient flow of oxygen delivery throughout the body, Structural imbalances and poor posture can affect the nervous system leading to improper breathing which can result in a chronic state of low oxygen. The 74 trillion cells that make up the human body need oxygen to to make energy. Without this key component you have a dysfunctional cell, then you have dysfunctional tissues, dysfunctional organs, organ systems and organism.
Low oxygen = low energy = poor healing. Craniolsacral Therapy is the branch of medicine that specialises in understanding the relationship between structure and function. I refer out to an excellent therapist called Matthew Brownell based in Manchester.
"Take care of your body, it's the only place you have to live in"