Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine

Research has shown the following health problems respond well to Functional Nutrition:
  • Food sensitivities
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Candidiasis
  • Various digestive complaints
  • Tiredness or lack of energy
  • Low moods
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Eating disorders
  • Headaches
  • Blood pressure problems
  • Cholesterol imbalances
  • Fertility issues
  • Pregnancy problems
  • Pre-menstrual symptoms
  • Menopausal complaints
  • Sleep problems
  • Stress related complaints
  • Thyroid imbalances
  • Skin problems
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Joint pains
  • and many others

The foods you consume, your attitude to it, and the lifestyle you lead affect the quality of your life and looks. Focus Nutrition+ can help you take responsibility for your most precious possession: your health.

Functional Nutrition uses foods, individual nutrients and diets as tools to improve your body's defences and stimulate its healing abilities. It is a powerful way of improving the underlying homeostatic mechanisms of the body in a truly holistic manner.

Practical Help at Focus Nutrition+

At Focus Nutrition+ I offer you practical tools to regain and maintain your vitality. The most important person I care about is you, and to me you are more than a sum of your symptoms and ailments. I will give you personalised guidance, support and discretion whilst remaining sensitive to your needs. Your journey with me is a partnership and your involvement and motivation are paramount to success.

What to expect at a consultation

Functional Nutrition is a specific model of nutrition practice that explores the complex interactions between genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that impact the majority of chronic health issues. These include mental, emotional and spiritual influences, past & present experiences that have and may continue to shape your thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes as well as a broad range of ways these translate into how you deal with stress, relationships, traumas, and express your dietary / exercise / sleep needs.

Since chronic diseases became prevalent in our society, scientists have been pointing to the cause and effect link between these complex presentations and lifestyle, including diet and movement.

Functional Nutrition focuses on the biochemical and physiological mechanisms that target the root of disease and provide the basis for individualized, innovative solutions to restore health and balance. Since orthodox healthcare systems fail to take into account both the unique genetic imprint of each individual as well as the ability of environmental factors (such as food, exercise or toxic exposure) to impact how these genes express in one’s lifetime (‘’nutrigenomics’’), such approach is of paramount importance in a person-focused healthcare model of the future.

The Functional Nutrition assessment takes into account one’s past and present health history, laboratory tests, and a detailed diet and lifestyle tendencies that allows for nutrient-related findings to arise and clinical patterns to emerge. When this advanced nutrition assessment is applied, a personalized therapeutic plan is arrived at with the intent to lead you towards your optimal health and vitality.

Functional Nutrition tree
Image by the Institute for Functional Medicine
Programmes Offered
  • Nutritional status assessments to evaluate nutrient deficiencies, systems' imbalances and eating habits.
  • Eating plans & support (dietary, supplemental & lifestyle recommendations).
  • Functional testing analyses, e.g. : food and environmental allergy / intolerance, digestion and absorption efficiency, microbiology (Candida, parasites, etc.), detoxification, hormonal, immune function, etc. - on saliva, urine, stool, blood and hair.
  • Programmes to enhance recovery from illness, surgery or adverse reactions to various chemicals or toxins.
  • Seasonal health MOTs (3 or 6 monthly or annual).
  • Preventative optimum health support for children, adults and senior citizens.
  • Nutritional evaluation of your fridge contents and kitchen cupboards at your home.
  • Help with designing healthy menus for schools, businesses and food outlets.
  • Genetic Testing (where it complements functional testing).