My passion for nutrition, science and medicine

My mission is to give my clients clear scientific guidance on how to improve their mental health naturally

Nutrition combines my love of healthy food with science and medicine, which is why I completed an undergraduate course in Human Nutrition. Afterwards, I was formally trained in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey. This Masters exposed me to a level of precision nutrition that was a step-up from most nutrition courses in Europe.

My immersion into this field along with my three-year clinical practice in London as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (RNTP) have given me a sharp clinical skillset. Equally, I acquired an in-depth understanding of the genetic, biological and psychological factors that may contribute to illness and dysfunction. Nutritional therapy transformed the way I practice clinically. It taught me to view the body as an interconnected system and apply a holistic approach using a systems biology perspective (otherwise known as the functional medicine model).

I learned all about how to support your mood with food

My implementation of a Functional Medicine approach for mental health stemmed from my work at the Brain Bio Centre Clinic in London (check out the Food for the Brain Foundation). This clinic has an impressive record in improving mild and severe symptoms in both children and adults suffering from mental illness. 

Evidence-based research is the foundation on which I practice nutritional medicine

As a researcher at the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Center, I investigated more links between nutrition and lifestyle practices in breast cancer patients. Secondly, I published my own paper in the British Journal of Nutrition on iodine nutrition in pregnant women. At this point, I am undertaking a PhD in Public Health with a focus on mental health in young adults at the Cyprus University of Technology. 

Mental Health

My real passion continues to be optimising mental fitness

This applies to both those without complex problems and those with chronic health conditions (low to high risk). 

The sharp rise in common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, in different settings and following the pandemic and social injustice, worries me. 

Today’s medical profession only has limited tools and knowledge of medical nutrition therapy. 

Antidepressants are often overprescribed as a blanket option which may lead to unwanted side effects in the long-term. Vulnerable patients may be prescribed high-dose and multiple medicines which affect their ability to follow a treatment plan and brings new side-effects. 

I want my clients to feel that we are looking for personalised solutions and that they are more than a number on a label. 

What is Integrative Nutrition?

Integrative Nutrition merges the latest science with the field of natural therapies and considers interrelationships between diet, lifestyle, biochemical individuality and external factors. The benefits of an integrated approach can extend beyond weight control. I believe that deep healing is best achieved with the combination of scientific evidence with patient experience and practitioner observation.

The reality is that most people value their health yet persist in behaving in ways that undermine it.

Most of us have heard the government guidelines; that we should follow a Mediterranean diet, drink lots of water and exercise. Also, we have heard of health industry clichés like “Calories in, Calories out” or “You are what you eat” (by the way, you’re really not). Moreover, I often find people are taking unproven remedies or “healthy” supplements that are unsafe with their medication. 

How can I help?

I am keen to help people find out the key drivers of their concerns. 

I have developed an approach that places significant emphasis on nutritional, lifestyle and behavioural analysis. Equally, it aims to build resilience to stress and improve your coping skills. 

Everyone deserves someone to really hear them, understand and investigate all possible causes for poor mental health. 

Everyone deserves personalised care, because everyone has different root causes of their symptoms.