Optimal health is about feeling well, bursting with energy and vitality, maintaining a healthy weight and mood despite the many demands of life in the 21st Century.
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. It encompasses your lifestyle choices, your unique genetic make up, your past medical history and seeks to change your underlying biochemistry by providing you with a personalised nutritional programme for optimal health and wellness.
The drivers of many chronic health conditions are lifestyle choices - one of the most influential being what we choose to put in our mouths everyday. Food influences your biochemistry by altering the microbiome (family of bugs in the gut) which has the ability to increase or reduce inflammation. ("The Diet Myth" (2015) Professor T. Spector. Weidenfield & Nicholson. UK).
"Changing your biochemistry has never been easier, the Institute for Functional Medicine is empowering nations to manage their own health by giving us the tools and knowledge base to change the destiny of your health"
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As interest in the gut microbiome increases, research suggests that this second largest organ in the body (the first being your skin) has a profound influence on health.
The microbiome constantly communicates with your immune system, influences brain chemistry, has a profound influence on weight and is responsible for the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Life today presents its own challenges to the gut - the rise in sugar consumption, convenience foods, antibiotic use, drugs and stress all play havoc with the microbiome.
"The gut microbiota in internal medicine: implications for health and disease" (2015) Lankelam J T et al. the Netherlands Journal of Medicine. Vol 73.2.
Functional Medicine and Genomics use your unique genetic make up to influcence clinical practice and provide personalised medical care.
"Approximately 1 in 4 of the population in the UK at some time in their lives will be affected by an allergy, with as many as half being children."
With over 30 years experience of healthcare Angela's special area of interest is balancing the microbiome to support individuals experiencing: