Gemma Barnes Mental Health Nutrition Picture

How can I help?

Are you experiencing low mood or anxiety?

Do you want empathetic and practical support to help overcome it naturally?

Do you want to take control of your mental and physical health?

Working with a nutritional therapist can be a powerful strategy towards better mental health. Although our diets can have a profound effect on how we feel, I address far more than simply what to eat.

Understanding WHY you have been feeling the way you do can be empowering. Utilising modern diagnostic testing, I will thoroughly investigate your health history and potential biochemical imbalances which could be contributing to poor mood.

Exploring underlying contributing factors of depression and anxiety is frequently beyond the scope of mainstream healthcare, and I always aim to leave no stone unturned in my quest to help clients feel better!

Underpinned by the most up to date scientific research, and always working alongside your doctor, I will devise a tailored programme which is unique to you and fully takes into consideration your goals and personal circumstances. I will listen to your preferences and together we will formulate a manageable and sustainable plan of action as I support you every step of the way towards better mental health.

I can help with:

My 4-Step Plan to Optimum Mental Wellness

Nourish

Making sure we put the right ingredients in to the body for your brain to function optimally

Rest

Ensuring we take care of your stress levels and improve sleep quality to enable better mood regulation

Rebalance

Addressing and alleviating potential biochemical imbalances which might be contributing to poor mental health

Reconnect

Exploring ways to incorporate regular and enjoyable physical movement, find calm and reconnect with life

4 Step Plan to Optimum Mental Wellness

My Process

The best results are achieved from working together over 3-4 months to ensure a strong foundation is built, upon which long-term positive changes can be made. I do not offer single appointments because these rarely offer the scope to make sustainable changes.

One-to-one support programmes

All my packages include dedicated one-to-one online clinic consultations. Based on the testing package selected, and the help that you feel you require, these can vary from 1hour full consultations to 30-minute follow ups. We will work together as a team to help you achieve your health goals and keep you motivated.

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Functional testing

I will advise the most appropriate diagnostic tests based on your symptoms & health goals. This could be blood, hormone, or gut testing to help us to understand why you have been feeling the way you have.

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Health evaluation

Taking a lateral and integrative approach, I will ask the right questions to deeply evaluate your medical history, health goals, and your current diet and lifestyle to reveal potential contributing factors to your symptoms.

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Personalised programme

I will then devise your bespoke programme, which will include a manageable diet and lifestyle plan and targeted, evidence-based natural supplement recommendations, if required. I am always very realistic and practical, so this will be centred on manageable goals which fit around your life.

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Long term plan

Once you have reached the end of your programme, we will formulate your sustainable plan. You will have the tools and knowledge for long-term, optimal mental & physical health.

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Investment from: £495

Functional Testing

The advanced functional tests that I use in clinic are conducted by trusted laboratories. They are not available on the NHS or from most mainstream healthcare providers.

I never view the mind as a separate entity from the body, and functional testing enables me to evaluate any underlying imbalances and reveal potential root causes of your symptoms. I can then create a bespoke programme tailored to your specific needs in terms of diet, lifestyle, and supplements, helping you to get results faster.

Gut Health

The advanced stool test I use is the most comprehensive on the market which gives an accurate picture of your gastrointestinal health and provides actionable clinical data. Markers include bacteria (friendly and unfriendly), parasites, yeast, inflammation, immune function, digestion, and gut barrier health.

The health of your digestive tract has a direct impact on your mood and numerous studies have linked a disturbance in gut bacteria population (dysbiosis) with depression and anxiety.

Aside from depression or anxiety, here are some of the symptoms which may lead me to recommend gut testing:

Hormones

I use a world-class, accurate and sophisticated test to measure hormones. It provides a detailed insight into sex hormones, plus their metabolites, neurotransmitters, stress hormones and nutrient deficiencies. Unidentified hormone imbalances can have a direct and profound effect on your mental health.

Aside from depression or anxiety, here are some of the symptoms which may lead me to recommend hormone testing:

Thyroid Health

Unidentified thyroid issues are common and can directly lead to many undesirable symptoms and conditions including poor mood regulation. The thyroid involves several different hormones, and it is important to test them all, including looking for signs of thyroid autoimmunity, frequently neglected in mainstream healthcare.

It is common to see clients who have already been tested by their Doctor and been told that they are ‘normal’, or they are on thyroid medication and still having symptoms.

Aside from depression or anxiety, here are some of the symptoms which may lead me to recommend thyroid testing:

Blood Panel

I use a comprehensive blood test which includes markers that look at Full Blood Count, liver and kidney health, inflammation, key vitamin and mineral status, diabetes, and cholesterol.  Imbalances in many of these areas can be linked to mood dysregulation.

FAQ

Precision: It is possible to be intuitive about symptoms but having the back up of a physical test ensures the absolute best overall clinical picture. I can devise a natural protocol which is targeted with precision to specific imbalances, and you will see results much more quickly.

Personalisation: You are unique, and the all-purpose mainstream medical approach does not always work for everyone. Testing enables us to get to the root causes rather than simply masking your symptoms.

Better motivation: Understanding your symptoms better through test results can increase your motivation and engagement with the programme.

Although I am trained to have a good idea of what symptoms may mean, I do not like to assume and prefer all my clients to have some form of testing, depending on their symptoms. I know that you want results and I have found that testing takes out any guesswork and is the quickest way to get my clients on the path to feeling better.   

You can get some blood tests done with your Doctor, however because resources are limited, you may only get certain markers looked at. Most doctors do not have access to the advanced tests that are available to private practitioners.

Unfortunately, no, but this may change in the future and please let me know if you find a company that does cover nutritional therapy.

The test kits are sent direct to your home with straightforward instructions and, once you have collected the samples, you just post them to the laboratory in their return packages. If you require a blood test, I will arrange a nurse visit or a local appointment for a blood draw.

I work with people who are ready to look for answers as to why they feel the way they do and want ongoing, personalised support to feel better naturally.

Single consultations tend not to work well for making long-term and sustainable changes. I find that people need more support and multiple consultations give us the opportunity to adjust as we go along to achieve the best results. I also find that overwhelming clients all in one go is unhelpful and I am a huge advocate of practical and manageable steps.

You can live anywhere in the world to become a client if you have access to a good internet connection. Testing kits can be shipped to most countries, dependent on local laws and customs regulations. Consultations are delivered online or over the phone. Please contact me for more information on which countries I can ship to.

Are you ready to discuss your options?