Three generations of my family had already died from Alzheimer's and DNA testing revealed I was next in line! However, as the famous saying goes, "genetics may load the gun but lifestyle triggers itI" This was the catalyst for my own research into health and its relationship to nutrition, exercise and lifestyle triggers. This ultimately led to a complete career change and studying Nutrition full time at University
As part of my Masters, I led an ethically-approved study into the relationship between exercise and cardiovascular function, specifically the relationship between the oral microbiome, nitric oxide homeostasis, vascular health and performance. After graduating I was invited to work as an Honorary Research Assistant to extend and prepare my original study which I accepted. The study was completed and published in a well known scientific journal in March 2019.
It was fascinating to learn first-hand how the microbiome is inextricably and exquisitely entwined with the host genome. It is this mutually beneficial relationship that is a pillar of good health, however, when it is damaged or disrupted it may lead to diseases such as Alzheimer's, obesity, cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Ankylosing Spondylitis, B27 diseases, etc. As well as learning about the pathogenesis of disease I also learnt how changes to diet and activity can improve health outcomes and even restore normal function. It is this learning that I now put into practice by helping people lose weight, improve their health or improve their sports performance .
I am registered with the Association for Nutrition (Reg No: 11500), which is the only register of qualified nutritionists recognised by Public Health England, NHS Choices and NHS Careers. As a registered associate nutritionist I comply with all the professional requirements set out by the governing body, the Association for Nutrition.
Fundamental to practice is to base nutritional recommendations on evidence drawn from the latest scientific research. This clinincal 'evidence-based' approach underpins the aim of the Practice to improve health outcomes by better matching nutrition, activity and lifestyle to the unique genetic profile, microbiome and personal requirements of each and every client.