Nutritional therapy to help natural fertility
Nutritional Therapy
Nutritional therapy is about much more than just healthy eating or weight management. It can have far-reaching, beneficial effects on a wide range of health conditions including infertility. Nutrition forms the basis of our Natural Fertility plans.

Our diets have changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Modern farming methods mean that our food lacks many of the vital nutrients, leaving many of us deficient in the vitamins and minerals that are essential for both male and female fertility. This is reflected in our fertility - sperm counts have dropped 50% over the last 10 with an increasing number of sperm abnormalities, years and female hormone imbalance is becoming increasingly common.
Our bodies are highly dependent on a myriad of nutrients and micronutrients. Imbalances or shortages of these key nutrients can cause a range of vague but worrying symptoms from low energy, persistent colds/ infections, aches and pains to more major complaints. Nutritional therapists analyse lifestyle and diet and, where appropriate, use a range of laboratory tests to diagnose imbalances and deficiencies. From this, a personalised, negotiated individual plan, comprising lifestyle and dietary recommendations with a programme for high quality supplements, can be implemented.

Whilst there are many books on the subject, this cannot replace a personalised one to one consultation with a nutritional specialist. You are more likely to make the changes required after having the importance of these changes explained to you, and by having someone that can support you through these changes.

Certain screening tests may be recommended for both you and your partner to help to identify specific problems which need to be addressed as part of the treatment plan, for example:

Female Hormone Test

The Female Hormone Test analyses levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone over 28 days using 11 saliva samples. This test is helpful for women with menstrual irregularities, difficulties with ovulation, infertility, premenstrual syndrome, problems with the phasing of the cycle such as a short luteal phase (second half of the cycle) and problems with maintaining progesterone levels which can increase the risk of miscarriages. This test can still be done even if you have irregular cycles.

Hair Analysis Test.

This is one of the most convenient and cost effective ways to determine your nutritional status, and test for the presence of toxic heavy metals in your body.

As part of your nutritional consultation, why not include a test with my Bioelectrical Impedance Measurement (BIM) machine to help investigate further the possible cause of your health problems? There is a small additional cost for this, but the results of the test will give a much greater insight into where the imbalances are in your body.

To find out more about Bioelectrical Impedance Measurement (BIM), click here


Celia Cooper BSc (Nutr Med), MBANT, CNHC

I have been practising as a nutritional therapist since graduating from Thames Valley University with a BSc in Nutritional Medicine in 2010. Prior to that, I worked for BUPAMedical Insurance for 15 years. I also have an Advanced Certificate in Stress and Anxiety management.

I am a member of BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy) and CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council).

I have a special interest in women's health, fertility and weight loss and have been working alongside Mr Nardo, Consultant Gynaecologist and his colleagues at'The Centre of Reproductive Health' for 5 years.

Nutritional Therapy

Research shows that good nutrition is the foundation to our health and wellbeing. I work in a tailored way, developing plans that suit the individual and that are realistic and practical with people's busy lives.

Your Consultation

Prior to your first appointment, you will be asked to complete a health and wellbeing questionnaire, which takes about 15 minutes. By reviewing your past and current health concerns, your lifestyle and your eating habits, a full picture of your health can be obtained.

The aim is to establish the root cause of your symptoms and to understand your main health goals. Hormone or vitamin tests may be arranged if appropriate, along with nutritional supplements.

A tailored plan can then be agreed together, with all the support you need.Many people benefit from a follow up consultation to monitor their progress and agree any new goals.

Costs

Initial Consultation (1 hour) £80
Follow-up Consultation (40 minutes) £50
Email and telephone support between appointments is free of charge.



Angela Bailey BA, Dip RSA, Dip ION

Angela is a graduate who trained as a Nutritional Therapist with the internationally recognised Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION), founded by Patrick Holford, in London.

She has a special interest in women’s hormonal health, osteoporosis, thyroid problems, digestive complaints and cardio-vascular issues.

For a number of years Angela has been involved in training Nutritionists.



Karin Elgar, PhD

Karin Elgar have been practicing as a nutritional therapist since graduating in 2004 from the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition, London. Prior to becoming a nutritional therapist I completed a Master's Degree in Biology, a PhD in Physiology and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years.

I specialise in women's health and fertility,and work alongside Mr Nardo, consultant gynaecologist and specialist in reproductive medicine, and his team at the Reproductive Health Group.

I am a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) where I am currently regional coordinator, after having served on the Professional Practice (formerly Ethics) Committee for several years. I am registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the voluntary regulatory body for complementary therapists which is endorsed by the Department of Health. I am also a Senior Associate of the Royal Society for Medicine.

In my spare time I love exploring the great outdoors with my husband and children, hill-walking, rock-climbing and travelling.


Watch Angela talking about the benefits of Nutritional
Therapy and see a demonstration on our special video,
created by Microfold.

Useful links:
www.patrickholford.com
www.bant.org.uk
www.nutripeople.co.uk
www.ion.ac.uk
www.nutri-online1.co.uk
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