Nutrients and other food components influence the function of the body, protect against disease, restore health, and determine people’s response to changes in the environment. Unfortunately in our busy lives, good food is often replaced by quick, easy and processed alternatives that may not offer the nutrients our bodies need to thrive.
The fact is, real food and eating properly can have a profound effect on how you feel – inside and out. At the clinic we advocate eating real food and our therapists work with you and your family to incorporate good nutrition into your lifestyles.
Who is it for?
Good eating habits are critical at every stage of life, to support and maintain health. From pre-conception and pregnancy, to children and adults (of all ages), it is important to ensure the best possible diet that can realistically be achieved and maintained. The right supply of nutrients is also essential for recovering from illness, injury or emotional trauma.
Whether you have specific health challenges or just feel below par, a nutrition consultation can help you to achieve greater levels of wellness.
Many common conditions may benefit from a personalised nutrition evaluation, including:
- Digestive issues – bloating, IBS, constipation, diarrhoea, reflux
- Immunity – frequent colds, infections, allergies, hayfever
- Weight Management, including emotional eating
- Low mood, anxiety, depression, insomnia
- Energy levels – fatigue or excess energy
- Chronic conditions – fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
- Hormone imbalance – insulin resistance, adrenal stress, thyroid imbalance
- Skin – eczema, acne, psoriasis
- Reproductive – PMS , endometriosis, fertility, menopause, PCOS
- Autoimmune conditions – MS, Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Eating disorders (bulimia) and picky eating
During a session?
Our Registered Nutritional Therapist, Claire Clerkin, works together with clients to build a complete picture of wellbeing. Each person is viewed an individual, with individual needs and requirements. During the first session Claire will take a complete health history in order to understand each individual’s needs and consider physiological reasons for any health conditions.
For example, fatigue could be a result of a high carbohydrate diet, or could be due to a compromised digestive system and incomplete assimilation of nutrients from food. The aim is to identify and address the root cause of an imbalance, not manage the symptoms. Personalised advice is prepared that fits within the individual’s lifestyle and circumstances.
Nutrition for children with specific needs (ie ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, dyspraxia)
Children require specific nutrients in order to grow and thrive and these can be compromised by high sugar diets or reduced nutrient intake due to picky eating. Working with Anne Matthew’s ethos on the treatment of developmental delay, a few positive changes to diet can make a huge difference as part of the whole treatment programme for the child. Making effective changes to the child’s diet can enhance the efficacy of other treatments.
Eating good food is one of the simplest ways to future-proof long-term health. Our therapists also work with families to incorporate good nutrition into family meals in a way that manageable and realistic.
Functional testing can be recommended in order to establish any specific imbalances. This is determined on a case by case basis, in consultation with the client.
These could include:
- Comprehensive stool testing to evaluate any imbalance in the gut
- Breath tests to identify the presence of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- Adrenal stress testing measuring levels of cortisol and DHEA (related to stress, fatigue, insomnia)
- Hormone tests (menopause, hormone imbalance, infertility)
- Comprehensive thyroid testing – fully thyroid hormone panel
- Nutritional deficiency evaluation which establish vitamin, mineral and fatty acid status and oxidative stress.