Andrea's personal story
I stumbled upon Nutrition by mistake really. My son, now 21 years of age, was born with a rare chromosome abnormality. Apart from the challenges of a severe learning disability, he suffered constantly as a young child with behavioural, mental, physical and digestive problems. After years of suffering (and a multitude of conventional drug treatments), he was seen by a Nutritionist who found that he had several, specific food intolerances, including dairy and wheat. With a change of diet, the results were immediate. We have used a number of nutritional approaches including the use of functional testing and enzyme therapy. His health, wellbeing and behaviour all showed a rapid and marked improvement. He has continued to improve over the years following the nutritional interventions and is now a thriving, healthy and happy young man.
As a result of the astonishing changes to my son’s health, wellbeing and most importantly his behaviour, I embarked upon a course to study Nutrition and Naturopathy at The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in London.
Following my years of study in London, Natural Solutions was born and I qualified as a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist with a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and Naturopathic Herbalism from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London in 2007.
I called my business “Natural Solutions” based on my philosophy that in many cases of ill-health or dis-ease, nature can heal, natural foods and herbs can address the imbalances that poor lifestyle creates. Providing individuals with natural solutions is key to their optimal health.
“Health is wealth”
I believe that diet, lifestyle and knowledge are the key factors to optimal health. One of the most important life experiences that I had was being introduced to Metabolic Balance®. This programme has become part of my everyday life now as a result of the amazing changes and impact on my health and wellbeing. As a Nutritionist, I was searching for something that would fit into my busy lifestyle, something that was real and achievable and something that was purely designed for me – as an individual. Metabolic Balance® allowed me to understand the foods that were right for me and having followed the programme and felt the benefits – I trained to become a Metabolic Balance® Practitioner. I wanted to help more people understand the amazing feeling of waking up energised and feeling good everyday with the added bonus of weight loss.
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Education and experience
College of Naturopathic Medicine – London April 2007 – Diploma in Herbalism
College of Naturopathic Medicine – London April 2007 – Diploma in Naturopathy
College of Naturopathic Medicine – London November 2008 – Diploma in Nutritional Therapy
Graduate of AFMCP – London April 2012
I am also a graduate of the ‘Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice’ (AFMCP) 2012 run by the Institute of Functional Medicine. This allows the use of functional testing and a deeper understanding of the root causes of disease and illness – and how to address the causes rather than simply treating the symptoms.
Metabolic Balance® Practitioner Training – London – June 2012
I am also a fully qualified Metabolic Balance® Practitioner – an award-winning and hugely successful healthy eating programme designed for bespoke 1:1 health and wellbeing management.
Nutrigenomics is concerned with the effects of our individual genetic variations in response to our diet, exercise and lifestyle, all of which can cause the genes to be expressed in a positive or negative way.
Genetic testing enables us to identify where we are on our journey towards achieving our optimal weight and health potential.
This is the latest in bespoke and individual testing for health and wellbeing.
Nutri Advanced Hormone Challenge
The Nutri Advanced 28 day hormone challenge seeks to reinstate healthy
hormone balance by taking a look at the wider picture of hormone
imbalance causes and addressing them with dietary intervention, nutritional
supplements and lifestyle changes. This is particularly suited to women with oestrogenic hormone imbalances.
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