The team of Nutritionists and Doctors at The Medical Chambers Kensington includes some of the top nutritional specialists in London - here to help you find the diet or eating programme that's right for you.
We welcome Francine Joyce whose nutritional assessments for men and women analyses the quantity and quality of food intake to diagnose balance, deficiencies and any intolerances. Francine also addresses any medical issues which are diet-related.
You may ask for a nutritional consultation alongside a visit to a GP, Consultant Cardiologist or Consultant Gynaecologist, depending on your needs. Your nutritionist will give you personal care, the tools to say on track and be here for you for advice and motivation when you need it.
Nutrition and weight - finding the right diet
Do you want to lose weight? A common quest is to find a diet that works - an eating programme that really will help you lose weight. But there is more to dieting: your nutritionist will help you build an eating programme that will help you lose weight without missing out on important nutrients or sacrificing taste and pleasure. She will also advise you on lifestyle and exercise to help you get the most from what you eat, without putting on weight.
What your body is able to absorb (how your digestive system functions) is crucial. A nutritional therapist will assess whether you have a vitamin deficiency or a mineral deficiency, and diagnose any digestive problems such as Thrush Infection (Candida), leaky gut or an imbalance of gut bacteria. Nutritional advice and supplements will help you obtain balance in your daily diet so you can absorb the goodness from what you eat.
The Medical Chambers Kensington also offers the PronoKal weight loss programme, which is a GP-guided nutritional programme for weight loss.
Nutrition and Women's Health
You can use food as a powerful tool to balance your hormones, improve your energy and stabilise your moods - if you know how. A nutritionist at The Medical Chambers will tailor an eating and supplement programme to suit you, depending on your medical needs, your lifestyle and your food preferences. Common women's health issues that respond well to nutrition or dietary changes include:
Menstrual difficulties and PMS
- Menopause and perimenopause symptoms (nutrition offers natural alternatives to HRT)
- Hormonal imbalance
- Ovarian dysfunction, including overactive ovaries + PCOS
- Repeated vaginal infection (such as thrush) or urinary tract infection (such as cystitis)
- Problems getting pregnant or boosting fertility
- Low energy, insomnia and restlessness
Nutrition and general health problems
Many common health problems are linked to poor nutrition: deficiencies of essential nutrients, and/or an excess of damaging food. So too much saturated fat raises the risk of heart disease. An excess of sugar can play a role in the development of diabetes. Changing your diet could be one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of problems like these. Our nutritionists are here to help. Common health issues that respond well to nutrition or dietary changes include:
- Stress or anxiety. You may begin with changing the way you space your meals and altering the balance of protein and carbohydrates. A longer term programme to support your adrenal glands and balance hormones may also be useful
- High cholesterol, excess weight and obesity
- Cardiovascular disease and increased risk of heart disease
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Allergies and intolerance. Symptoms include eczema, rhinitis, itching, hayfever and headaches
- Dry skin and other skin complaints
- Fatigue, low energy, being tired all the time
- Low fertility
- Repeated infections or low immunity
Eating difficulties and changing eating patterns
The nutritionists at The Medical Chambers Kensington have many years' experience and are familiar with the challenges that come with dieting or changing life-long habits. We will guide you sensitively and help you understand the triggers that cause you to slip back into old habits (don't worry - we all do this) and find the motivation to stick to the changes you want to make. For further support you may want to visit a Psychotherapist or Psychologist on our Team.
Eating a balanced diet
What you eat and the balance of vitamins and minerals and other nutrients is at the centre of your health care. The busy nature of modern life may make it difficult to eat well and keep a balance. Even when we do eat well, the food we eat is often deficient in important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Your nutritionist will help you re-establish balance through a combination of dietary changes and a short-term supplement programme that will help you get the most from your food. She will then help you continue with a healthy diet that works for your body, your weight and BMI (body mass index), your lifestyle and your preferences.
The focus will be on getting you back into good health and helping you to stay well in the future.
A nutritional consultation
This is where you start. A nutritional consultation involves building a detailed picture of your lifestyle, eating habits and medical history, and any concerns you have about your health. If appropriate, we can also carry out tests to check for vitamin and mineral deficiencies as well as tests for Candida, leaky gut and adrenal stress. If you are currently under the care of a Doctor, such as a gynaecologist or cardiovascular specialist, your personal diagnosis or treatment will be taken into consideration.
With this information we can work together to form an eating plan that suits your needs and lifestyle. You will also receive personalised recommendations for any food supplements that will help to provide complete nutrition for you. You will come away with a tailor-made plan of action knowing exactly what you need to do next.
Among the many sources of information on the web, we can recommend:
BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy)
BDA (British Diabectics Association)