AREAS OF EXPERTISE

 
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Stress & FaTIGUE

Let’s face it - modern life is increasingly stressful with our fast pace of life, intense pressures, constant multi-tasking, over-stimulation from tech, insufficient down-time and of course recently a global pandemic. Stress depletes nutrients needed for a healthy stress response, energy production and brain function. And being stuck in ‘fight or flight’ is very detrimental to health (our gut, immunity and endocrine system take second place so we can flee from the perceived threat/work deadline).
 

Unbalanced blood sugar levels also upset our equilibrium, causing further stress on the body. Fatigue and cravings lead to poor dietary choices which can create a vicious circle. 
 

Symptoms of chronic stress, including low mood, anxiety, fatigue, irritability, brain fog, poor concentration, skin outbreaks- flare ups of acne, eczema and psoriasis, body aches and pains such as headaches, migraines, digestive complaints, insomnia, feeling run down, low immunity, hormonal imbalances, fertility issues, hypertension, cravings and weight gain. It's estimated that 60-90 percent of all doctors’ visits are about stress-related issues.

With personal experience, and having helped hundreds of stressed out, exhausted, chronically ill individuals working in high pressured environments, I can help you dampen down an elevated stress response (acute stress is favourable, but chronic stress is not!) and balance your adrenal hormones/HPA axis and improve your energy levels. Rectifying any common nutritional deficiencies to nourish our brain and nervous system. Practical nutritional and lifestyle interventions can aid recovery, well-being, resilience, performance and improve gut health, which is linked to brain health via the all- important gut/brain axis.

 

Chronic Fatigue, fibromyalgia. post-viral fatigue and long Covid.

I have also had extensive experience of helping clients who have debilitating fatigue, plus other unpleasant symptoms from these conditions. (Dysfunction in the nervous & immune system, neuroinflammation and poor mitochondrial health have often contributed to ill-health). With personal experience of post-viral fatigue, myself, I find it very rewarding helping people with these conditions get their lives back. (See also Long covid section here
Eat yourself to Health

 
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IBS & DIGESTIVE ISSUES

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a very common complaint- second to the common cold as the main reason for having time off from work. 30-50% of all referrals to gastro-enterologists are as a result of IBS and unfortunately there is little conventional medicine can do to address it. IBS is characterised by abdominal pain, bloating, excess gas, altered bowel function such as constipation, diarrhoea or alternating diarrhoea and constipation. I’ve seen many hundreds of IBS sufferers over the years.

 

Everyone is unique so there is never just one cause for a digestive complaint. But my job is determine why you are getting IBS, so it no longer ruins the quality of your life. There are so many possible causes but they may include- bad eating habits, food intolerances, small intestinal overgrowth, slow or fast transit times, lack of good bacteria, insufficient digestive secretions, stress and so on.
 

I may recommend the latest diagnostic tests such as gut microbiome and SIBO breath testing where possible. See lab tests 

I also regularly see clients with acid reflux, heart burn, SIBO, GERD, gastritis and IBD and other digestive issues. Skin conditions and mood disorders can all be linked to poor gut health too.

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WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Weight is a very emotive issue, as society judges us on our weight and favours the slim. Remember, weight-loss is a billion-pound industry. But at the same time, we are marketed highly palatable, addictive food. And can be tricked into thinking low calorie, processed foods, often high in sugars/fruit sugars &/or artificial sweeteners are going to be our saviours, when the opposite is the case.
 

Some people know to some degree where they are going wrong but need the right support to put the changes into place, and sustain them. Others may tend to start a programme, weight loss soon grinds to a halt and they lose momentum and all motivation. Others suffer with stubborn, and unexplained weight gain, maybe fluid retention, or perhaps abdominal bloating, intense cravings, sugar addiction and whatever they try, the number on the scales goes up every year with an expanding waist line. That’s where an experienced health coach comes in.
 

DO YOU COMFORT EAT?

I’ve seen first-hand just how many of my clients’ comfort eat and have a history of yo-yo dieting. And how pressures to conform to a certain size can distort our relationship with food. I can provide advice about combatting emotional eating and help keep you on the right track.
 

However, if you want a calorie-counting approach, I’m afraid I’m not the person for you. The focus will be on eating healthily using all the latest science on how to lose weight.
 

I’ve my own tried and tested golden rules used on many hundreds of clients and developed as part of a successful 6 week weight loss programme (the WeightShift Club) I used to run with a personal trainer. By reducing insulin levels, balancing blood sugar, and addressing individual factors consistent weight loss is possible. This might be supporting the gut microbiome, reducing metabolic imbalance if there is insulin or leptin resistance (e.g., PCOS or prediabetes) reducing inflammation which impacts weight, plus attention to adrenal and thyroid function, neurotransmitter balance, hormone balance (weight loss gets harder from perimenopause onwards) to encourage fat burning and so on. Poor sleep, high stress and being too sedentary are involved too of course.
 

My plan will be practical, keep you satiated, reduce food cravings and empower you to take back control of your health.

 
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MENTAL HEALTH

Sadly, rates of depression, anxiety and mental health disorders (bipolar, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, PMDD- a severe form of premenstrual tension) and neurodegeneration (dementia) are sky rocketing and many people experience anxiety, mood swings, poor concentration and memory, irritability and brain fog on a daily basis. 10-20 percent of mothers experience postnatal depression (women with bipolar are alternatively at risk of postpartum psychosis). Unfortunately, there is a huge mental health crisis, which the NHS is sadly neither equipped to deal with nor does it have adequate funds. (I know this first hand, as I’ve  experienced, like many others sadly, the lack of adequate care and provisions).
 

However, nutritional psychiatry (healing and balancing the mind with nutritional measures and supplementation) is a growing field with increasing evidence base and recognition. It is rarely one thing that has caused a mental health disorder, but a complex mix of psychological, physiological, genetic, environmental, trauma, which interfere with brain function until eventually the cup floweth over and ‘dis’orders and ‘dis’ ease arises.
 

The aim of an integrated health practitioner is always to determine some of the compounding factors to help support and rebalance the brain and nervous system and to encourage a more favourable lifestyle. These might include identifying nutritional and fatty acid deficiencies, reducing neuroinflammation (chronic inflammation in the brain is at the root of brain disorders), supporting neurotransmitter production and mitochondria (our brain cells’ energy factories), improving the gut microbiome, the gut brain axis, the blood brain barrier and so on.
 

I find it so rewarding as a practitioner seeing clients become more mentally resilient and experience more joy in life.

 
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HORMONE IMBALANCE

When our hormones are in balance (our stress hormone- cortisol, our fat storage hormone- insulin, ghrelin - appetite, our sex hormones and melatonin for sleep) we feel relaxed and there is improvement in our weight, less cravings, less problematic menstrual cycle, reproductive health and better sleep.  

 

Balancing hormones entails getting blood sugar levels right to reduce circulating insulin, supporting our stress response as excess cortisol blocks progesterone causing a female hormone balance. We need to support our liver which detoxes our hormones, our gut which has to break down the hormones, stopping them being reabsorbed into the body. We also need to avoid the chemicals in our environment which increase our oestrogen levels, reduce weight around the middle, lower chronic inflammation and address nutrient deficiencies and so on.

 

Common conditions I frequently see in clinic include thyroid disease, PCOS, fibroids and endometriosis.

Hormone imbalances are common, like thyroid disease, (hypothyroidism including Hashimoto’s disease).

I’m also extremely experienced in treating PCOS, having also seen hundreds of ladies with this complex condition who have (where relevant) needed to lose weight and rebalance their hormones and for some, support their fertility. There are different types of PCOS, but the standard feature is often insulin resistance and raised testosterone.
Endometriosis is on the rise and this complex condition can respond well to nutritional therapy.

Other female hormone imbalances may be caused by oestrogen dominance (too much oestrogen relative to progesterone) which can present as heavier periods especially in perimenopause, fibroids, weight gain (may coincide with hypothyroidism), fatigue, cramps, brain fog, fertility issues and unpleasant mood disturbances.

In men, it can present as man boobs, excessive weight, prostate enlargement, low libido, fertility issues.  

 

PMS & PMDD, perimenopause and menopause.

The dissertation for my BSc Honors degree was on PMS, so I’m extremely versed in treating this unpleasant condition. PMDD is an extreme, debilitating form of PMS, which is caused by a sensitivity to one’s own natural hormone fluctuations- an area I’ve researched extensively because of personal experience.

Perimenopause and menopause are phases of life that can cause huge range of unpleasant symptoms, and nutritional therapy can assist with this tumultuous period of fluctuating hormones, or work alongside conventional treatments.

 

Fertility issues, preconception and pregnancy.

I have provided dietary guidance and tailored supplement support for many clients who require help with preconception and fertility, and to maintain a healthy pregnancy. And I’ve been sought out to help women after recurrent miscarriages, having experienced this personally. As well as offering dietary and nutritional support during IVF.
 

Other female issues I treat include recurrent thrush, recurrent UTIs and interstitial cystitis and vulvodynia (which all may have a hormonal component, but other factors are also involved).
 

Unfortunately, NHS tests are not always cut out to detect hormone imbalance, so private testing may be suggested. See Lab Tests. 

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DIABETES & HEART DISEASE

 
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LONG COVID

 

Shockingly around one in four adults in the UK have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms which often occur together which significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease. These may include a large waist, unhealthy cholesterol levels, raised blood pressure, insulin resistance and they may have blood glucose markers in the prediabetic or diabetic rangeGout can be another tell-tale sign. In this pro-inflammatory state (excess fat around our organs is harmful) we are more prone to excess clotting and it can increase the risk of fatty liver, dementia and certain cancers
 

This is very much a Western condition that may be caused by chronic stress, a sedentary lifestyle, a diet too high in processed foods, refined carbs, as well as excess alcohol consumption, gut bacteria imbalances, nutrient deficiencies and so on. Women can become equally prone to this after the menopause and there are genetic factors involved (there is more prevalence in certain ethnicities for example.)

 

Unfortunately, just exercising more and eating less might not cut it, especially as you may have silent insulin resistance, leptin resistance and so on, leading to prediabetes and even diabetes. I’ve devised many a tailored nutritional programme to undo the damage, shift the belly weight and get clients back on the right track and have even helped clients totally reverse type 2 diabetes with targeted support.

Much time has now passed since the COVID pandemic took its toll on all of us in one way or another. But for some people who got the virus, life hasn’t returned to normal sadly, and they’ve been left with long COVID. Symptoms might include severe fatigue, weakness, pain, low mood, brain fog, lung problems and many unpleasant symptoms that affect quality of life.
 

The scientific community has pulled together in a combined effort to understand the triggers and drivers of long-COVID symptoms. It has long been known there is a link between viruses and fatigue. And it’s understood that covid creates havoc through inflammatory effects in the brain and body, and its effects are also caused by the aggressiveness of our own immune systems. As a clinician who has treated people with chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia and post-viral fatigue (having had post viral fatigue myself around 13 years ago) I have learnt valuable lessons from that clinical and personal experience, as well as having devoted significant time to reading the research on long COVID in recent times. Having now seen a number of people with long COVID who have responded well, I have added it to my specialisms.
 

Everyone’s experience of long COVID may differ, driven by their genetic predispositions, health status before the infection, nutrient deficiencies, and the imbalances long covid has caused so it requires personalised treatment. Potential commonalities include brain inflammation, gut dysfunction, mitochondrial imbalances (our energy factories in each cell), histamine imbalances, excess clotting and so on.

Cost of the consultation

To take a detailed case history, to determine and explain the underlying balances and tailor the treatment protocol to each individual, it requires 1 hour 30 minutes for those with long COVID at a price of £150  

Follow ups remain at £75.

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VEGAN & VEGETARIAN

 

I also have expertise in creating bespoke plans for vegans and vegetarians who are ever increasing in number due to ethical, environmental, religious and health considerations. And I have even devised a unique nutritional lab test for vegans, to ensure they don’t have any nutritional deficiencies, which is not uncommon. See lab tests 

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OTHER CONDITIONS

 

I have a lot of clinical experience of helping clients with a wide range of different health issues. Please contact me if you wish to know if I could help you with your unique health concerns not covered above. 

 

Please note there are illnesses that I don't have experience of (but can refer on if needed). These include lupus, Lyme disease, eating disorders, children with autism and nutritional support for cancer. 


It is always best to get a proper diagnosis from a medical doctor and advise them of any additional therapies you are having. My plans take into account any medication you are currently taking.


Contact me if you would like further information on how nutritional therapy might support your particular health concerns.