It has usually taken many years for a health issue to develop, and there is rarely a ‘quick fix’ solution that can be achieved in a single appointment. Complex health issues invariably involve multiple body systems, all of which need to be considered and supported (eg the immune system, digestion, detoxification processes, the stress response). I do not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach, or that there is a ‘perfect diet’ - by working with you over time to identify the underlying nutritional, lifestyle and other imbalances which are impacting your wellbeing, I will create a personalised, practical Roadmap to support you on your journey to your best self. Biological responses are unique to each individual and can change over time, so your plan needs to be dynamic.
My mission is to inspire and empower you to discover and become the most vital version of your whole self. My aim is to support you to accept yourself, be compassionate with yourself, nourish yourself and listen to your own deep intuitive intelligence to understand what your unique biology and physiology needs.
I specialise in the following areas:
Hippocrates famously said that ‘all disease begins in the gut’, and research is increasingly highlighting the importance of our gut health – and in particular the health of our gut microbiota, the community of microorganisms that live within us – on our overall health. The host-microbiota interactions involving these trillions of microorganisms influence not just our digestive health but almost every function of the human body, including immunity, metabolic health, inflammation and the ageing process to name just a few! The gut and the brain are intrinsically linked via the physical and chemical connections known as the gut-brain axis: a healthy and thriving gut is therefore key to both your physical and mental wellbeing.
I have a strong interest in supporting women’s health, and the understanding of how our hormones change and adapt throughout our lives. From birth through adolescence, pregnancy to menopause and beyond, our genetics, stress levels, environment and nutritional status have an enormous effect on the delicate balance of these hormones, and influence both our physical and emotional health.
As a mother of two daughters, I am constantly aware of not just the effects of the natural cocktail of hormones on the adolescent brain, but also the additional challenges which modern society, our increasingly toxic environment and ever-present technology have on their physical and mental wellbeing. I aim to educate teenagers and young adults to develop a healthy relationship with themselves, with food and with their environment, to understand how their choices now impact their future selves, and to support them in becoming their own best advocates.
I am passionate about changing (sometimes, even having!) the conversation around menopause, and empowering women to understand that they can connect with the power of the natural cycles of the female life and use naturopathic approaches to conduct the hormonal symphony of this stage. I want to encourage women to view life around and after menopause not as a time of ‘loss’ (reproductive capacity, perhaps children leaving home, perhaps ageing parents) but as time where we can use our innate and life-gained wisdom to welcome a new and powerful time of growth, of reinvention, a ‘second life’ where we get to live in vitality and creativity.
I am committed to continued further education, and am currently enrolled in programmes with both the Kharrazian Institute and the Institute of Functional Medicine.
I am regulated by the British Association For Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine and the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners and I hold professional liability insurance with Balens Ltd.