I became a Nutritional Therapist to help people take control of their own health. 15 years ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The treatment options didn’t feel right to me, I didn’t want to end up taking drugs for the rest of my life, so I looked for an alternative. I read a book on controlling arthritis through diet, and have never looked back.
I went from lying awake at night in agony to being symptom-free, just by changing what I ate. The more people I met who were struggling with arthritis the more I wanted to do something to help them, so I trained as a Nutritional Therapist.
It soon became clear to me that nutrition can help many people, especially those with long-term health problems such as IBS, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease, migraine, autoimmune conditions, skin conditions, type 2 diabetes, just about anything really. The more I learnt, the more excited I felt about the number of people I could help.
Nutritional Therapy is very different to conventional medicine. We don't treat symptoms, instead we aim to identify and address the cause of the problem. We help you make changes to prevent health problems in the future. Every plan is different - tailored to meet the needs of the client, you might find that for the first time in your life someone really listens to your concerns about your health, and finds a way to help that is completely focussed on your needs.
I love the science behind nutrition and am currently studying Nutrigenomics to better understand the role genetics play in health. We all have variations in our genes, understanding what they are and how they affect us adds a deeper dimension to my Nutritional Therapy. Just knowing if you are lactose intolerant (like 30% of Caucasians), or like me, are poor at converting beta-carotene to Vitamin A, can really change the way you eat, and your long-term health.
There is nothing I enjoy more than meeting someone living with a health problem and helping them overcome it.
Anne Clark, BSc Hons, CNM Dip NT, mBANT, mANP, mGNC
What is Nutritional Therapy?
It's a personalised approach to healthy eating that can help with conditions including:
Poor digestion is very common and is not only uncomfortable but can also affect your mental and physical health. We work to understand the root cause, and put it right, whether it’s a food intolerance, insufficient digestive enzymes, low stomach acid, dysbiosis, leaky gut or a combination of factors.
Did you know that low stomach acid is very common, and causes all the symptoms you might associate with too much acid? Taking an antacid regularly for acid reflux or heartburn might be making matters worse.
We all feel tired sometimes, but for some people fatigue can seriously affect their day-to-day life. There are many potential causes of fatigue including nutrient deficiencies, poor mitochondrial function, poor sleep, and stress. Whatever the cause we will work with you identify the underlying cause and provide you with a plan to regain your energy levels.
Did you know that your mitochondria, the cells that produce energy in your body, need a substance called CoQ10? Taking statins reduces the CoQ10 your body produces, meaning that you may feel more tired or experience muscle pains.
We are exposed to numerous toxins every day. Our liver works hard to remove these but it can become overloaded. There are many detox programs available online, but we prefer to do it in a gentle way, with lots of support for the liver, reduced exposure to toxins, and, of course, lots of water.
Did you know that your liver breaks down toxins in two stages? The first stage creates compounds that are very harmful, so the second stage, which makes them safe, needs to working optimally before you consider a detox.
Nutrition can help with all aspects of women’s health, including PMS, menopause, infertility, endometriosis and PCOS. Balancing blood sugar levels and ensuring good levels of nutrients such as magnesium and B vitamins can make all the different to those monthly mood swings.
Did you know that a really good way to remove excess oestrogen from the body is to eat a raw carrot every day? The fibre in the carrot binds to the oestrogen, preventing it from being reabsorbed.
Some people think Nutritional Therapy is only about weight loss – it isn’t, but it can certainly help with weight loss. We work with you to come up with a weight loss plan that is easy to follow, and easy to stick to. Healthy eating is for life!
Did you know some people have genetic variations that make them prefer sugary and fatty foods? It is possible to overcome the effect of these genes by exercise, fasting and eating different foods.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made us all much more aware of the need to support our immune system. Many people know the importance of Vitamin D for immune health, but there are many other essential nutrients including B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc and selenium.
Did you know you can get your daily requirement of selenium from eating a couple of Brazil nuts a day?
"I went to see Anne as I suffered with digestive problems for years. Her advice made such a difference. I can’t believe it, I’ve been asking the GP about it for years and got nowhere."
- Richard B