I’ve always been passionate about the human body and health. However, it was only when I began my studies to attain a Bachelor of Science (honors) in Nutritional Health in London between 2005-2008 that I came to fully appreciate the wonderful interplay between nutrients and the human body.
Every cell, tissue, organ and system is dependent on communication and feedback from another. To communicate effectively, these organ systems require help from different nutrients – effectively provided by the food that we eat. For example, essential fatty acid deficiencies are implicated in symptoms from dry skin to high cholesterol to depression. Identifying these types of deficiencies are integral to my approach.
I believe in integrated medicine and often draw on the expertise of other health professionals in order to serve my clients best. In my own practice, I adopt a functional medicine approach. This means that I address underlying health problems through diet, nutritional supplements, identifying hidden allergies, treating the gut and detoxification.
I address all areas of health but am extremely passionate gastrointestinal health, auto-immune disease and neuro-psychiatric disorders. I also follow closely developments in Nutritional Psychiatry and work closely with mental health professionals.
Apart from my degree in Nutritional Health, I also hold a degree in Journalism and am a graduate of Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP). I have worked with many South African publications and am currently working closely with Medihelp on their health content.