"Precision nutrition focuses on individual, not average, responses to dietary changes."

Government-issued dietary guidelines are crafted using fancy statistical programming methods based upon an artefact known as an “average” or “normal” person. Finding trends in data sets may well be a really interesting academic exercise, but it is questionable whether the advice that’s generated out of it, and given to you in a handout, will actually make any difference to your health.  According to this “one-size-fits-all” model of  what constitutes “a healthy balanced diet”, everyone – regardless of sex, age, size, background, and family history – will benefit from these recommendations. Amazing, isn’t it. Shame this “perfect diet for everyone” doesn’t quite seem to do what its says on the tin. It is even questionable whether you are “average” or “normal”, a word towards which my feelings are probably unpublishable! On the other hand,  according to a whole load of science that’s been published in the last 15 years, there may well be no such thing as an “average” or “normal” population with respect to requirements for basic nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, vitamins or minerals. What may be too little for you may be too much for someone else, and vice-versa. That’s why the only way to get nutrition advice right is by individualising it, so it fits you. Yes, some bits will be general and may apply to all, but most will be as unique as you are and will need reviewing as you age. Just like you wouldn’t buy an XXL shirt if you’re normally a size M. It’s simple, really.

I am a Fellow of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and am registered with the Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC), the accredited register for Nutritional Therapy practitioners under the Professional Standards Authority of the United Kingdom. I qualified with a first class honours degree in Nutritional Medicine from University of West London in 2009 and I completed a Masters in Clinical Neuroscience at Roehampton University in 2016, achieving a distinction in my laboratory research project working with neural stem cells and assessing protection from toxins by nutrients like coenzyme Q10.

In October 2016 I was awarded the Santander Universities Scholarship for doctoral research at the Institute for Work-Based Learning at Middlesex University. My doctorate’s subject is cognitive decline, and within that the clinical application of nutritional protocols to manage brain ageing in humans.

Before becoming a full time health professional I worked in scientific, technical and medical publishing, and held senior training and educational roles in world-class research organisations for over 15 years. I have also been involved as a volunteer in the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), and have been Chair of Council since 2012. I am also the UK Ambassador for the European Lifestyle Medicine Organisation (ELMO).

Aside from my one-to-one clinical work, I also work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a mental health and addiction clinic and head the professional accreditation department at a UK-based microbiome assessment biotech company.

You can read more about me and my background on my LinkedIn profile.

I work with individuals as a clinician, and with groups and organisations both as a clinician and as a research and education consultant. My clinical approach to nutrition is “functional” or integrative. I completed a fellowship in Nutritional and Metabolic Medicine with the Metabolic Medicine Institute (MMI) and am Board Certified (US award) in Anti-Ageing, Regenerative and Functional Medicine. My work is based on your biochemical individuality and typically my recommendations would follow medically-recognised testing (blood, urine, saliva, stool) so that they are as precise as they can be, maximising the chances of having a positive impact on your health. My approach is food first, but I do use some food supplements when these are needed, and following testing. I dislike quick-fixes and working in the dark with no information that allows us to assess the benefits of my work. I prefer to work with individuals who are committed to long-term changes and are motivated to make things happen.

I have a special interest in the relationship between the gut and the brain. Your microbiome (the community of gut microbes that lives in your gut) is as unique as you are, and so is be the impact it has on your health. My job is to assess this impact and to help you optimise metabolic, hormonal and gastrointestinal health.

You can read more about my clinical work on my Nutritionist Resource profile.

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