The best way to achieve optimal nutritional health is with personalised dietary planning.
We promote your optimum health and well-being by working with you to develop a delicious and easy-to-follow diet, tailored to your body’s
individual nutritional needs. There are many ways that nutritional therapy can benefit your life:
Chronic Fatigue; Weight Loss; Food Allergies & Intolerances; Anxiety & Mood Disorders; Diabetes & Heart Problems;
Menopause / Hormone Imbalances; Skin problems; Bowel Disorders
Read a little more about some of our areas of practice:
Weight Loss & Obesity
Worry about excess weight and its wider health risks? Drawing on our expertise in nutrition and physiology we will develop a diet to help you reach a weight loss goal in a healthy, sustainable and enjoyable way.
Drastic calorie reduction, food group exclusion and short-term dieting can increase the levels of toxins in your bloodstream and affect a wide range of biological processes (e.g. interfere with liver and kidney function, insulin action and release). Our experts understand the metabolic processes that underpin nutrition, allowing us to devise enjoyable meal plans that aid weight loss without depriving the body of the important fuels it needs or increasing the level of toxins in your system.
If you experience periodic abdominal discomfort, headaches or skin reactions but can’t quite pin down why, make use of our Free Pre Consultation to find out more about food intolerances and whether we may be able to help identify and address the source of the problem.
Food intolerances can present with a range of symptoms: carbohydrate intolerances can cause abdominal bloating, excessive gas, and loose stools while intolerances to compounds like histamine and tyramine are more commonly associated with migraines, hives and itching. The physiological mechanisms responsible for the food intolerance reaction are equally varied and complex, but can be managed with appropriate, personalised dietary planning.
Find out more about the state-of-the-art screening tests we offer at our Edinburgh practice.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
At Nutripanda, we take time to understand the components of your current diet, eating patterns and lifestyle. This helps us identify important dietary elements that may be missing and possible behavioural and emotional triggers for IBS. We then combine of dietary planning with education and self-monitoring approaches to help alleviate your symptoms and empower you to better manage your own gut functionality.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder usually associated with abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits. It can be a difficult syndrome to diagnose because it is often accompanied by other symptoms such as heartburn headache, backache, or by functional disorders such as fibromyalgia.
As nutrient absorption in the gut can affect systemic hormone release, IBS can also influence mood and anxiety levels and even affect sleep. Identifying the symptoms of IBS and taking the right course of action is essential to regaining a healthy lifestyle; inappropriate management could introduce deleterious bacteria that influencing the absorption and availability of nutrients and further exacerbate symptoms.
As we grow older, we also grow more susceptible to infection and disease. While we can’t stop the passage of time, we can delay its affects by a healthy diet designed to protect and preserve our DNA, cells and tissue.
A number of factors contribute to the effects of ageing—exposure to pollutants, radiation and toxins—but poor diet also plays its part. Damage to our DNA can result in abnormal protein production that impedes cell repair and contributes to a loss of cell elasticity and other symptoms of ageing. Age-related reductions in hormone production and an increases in blood sugar and oxygen free radicals (resulting in “glycation” and “oxidation”) can also affect DNA repair and impede biological processes such as cell function and protein synthesis.
Nutripanda’s team are experts in devising diets that minimise the impacts of ageing including key dietary ingredients (e.g. coenzyme Q10, phytoestrogens, probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids) that will help you maintain your sense of health, youth and vitality.
Anxiety & Depression
Healthy eating habits are essential to maintaining a healthy mind. Your eating habits, lifestyle choices, sleep patterns and individual genetic profile determine your “neuroendocrinological” balance, which affects your everyday mood and sense of well-being. Appropriate production of key neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin, dopamine, noradrenalin, melatonin and γ-aminobutyric acid) allows you to maintain and control your mood, but requires adequate dietary inclusion of nutrients such as tryptophan, tyrosine, phenylalanine, glutamine, omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 and folic acid.
These nutrients, critical in the brain’s metabolic processes, are found in many everyday foods (e.g. beans, vegetables, olive oil, corn and whole grains, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs and yogurt). Yet other familiar characters—alcohol, refined carbohydrates and sugars—can contribute to depressive mood.
Nutripanda’s expert team can help you to navigate these dietary friends and foes and can work with you to develop a personalised, enjoyable diet plan that will help optimise your sense of mental well being.
As dietary choices directly affect the level of sugar circulating in the blood they play a critical role in diabetes management, as well as in managing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Designing the right diet requires expertise. Optimal meal planning must be tailored to the unique profile, lifestyle and disease state of the individual. Nutripanda’s expertise in nutritional physiology can help in selecting the right balance of dietary elements such as those high in bioactive compounds (e.g. sulforaphane), with antihyperglycemic and lipid-lowering properties (e.g. garlic) and that reduce the speed of sugar absorption in the gut (e.g. fibre). Your personalized dietary plan will also include cooking tips and techniques to ensure you extract the maximum protective benefit from your food.
Preserving the egg and the sperm from potential damage is a fundamental to optimising the chance of conception. The harmful effects of circulating free radicals and oxidative factors can be minimised by informed dietary choices and supplementation with appropriate vitamins and minerals (e.g. Vitamins A and E, carotenoids, pycnogenol, grape seed extract, and folic acid).
A healthy diet with appropriately balanced oils, vitamins and minerals can help ensure a mother-to-be’s hormonal balance is optimal for fertilisation. For the future father, foods that contain l-arginine, l-methionine, l-cysteine and l-tyrosine can increase sperm count and motility and protect glandular and hormonal function.
The Nutripanda team keep up-to-date with the latest evidence on the potential impacts of lifestyle and dietary choices on fertility and libido, as well the implication of excess weight on fertility and dietary implications for miscarriage. Whatever stage of the conception cycle you’re at, we are happy to work with you to optimise your chances of a successful pregnancy.