Read the full interview with the London Cosmetic Centre for Dentistry below
1.Why did you start My London Nutritionist?
Medicine and medical nutrition have continually been my passion. I have always known I was going to be helping people to look and feel great. Food – what we eat and drink is such a massive part of our lives. Eating is a daily activity and it is bound to have a massive impact on the way we look and feel, as well as how we respond to environmental factors like stress, work, people, toxins etc. I have a degree in Bio Medicine and Clinical Nutrition and I can tell you now that everyone can manipulate the way they feel, think and live purely by taking some foods out and putting some foods in to their daily diet.
My London Nutritionist is a result of extensive clinical training and a personal desire to help people to live their lives exactly the way they want. It is a Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics practice that specialises in nutrition programmes created individually for each client, by taking into consideration everything that has ever took place in a client’s life. No doctor or GP will ever spend an hour of their consultation time going over your diet, allergies, eating habits, cultural customs of food preparation etc. in relation to your medical history or current medical conditions. That is, of course, a massive oversight because the food one consumes habitually is an answer or at least a solid lead to a plethora of health issues a patient might have.
My London Nutritionist is a practice where I am not just telling people to drink green juice and eat apples every day – you can pick up any popular publication these days that will be brimming with this kind of advice. It’s a practice where each client and their medical history is analysed in a highly individual manner with no stone left unturned in order to help clients reach their personal health goals: managing their existing illnesses, assisting in weight loss, supporting various hormonal transitions be it fertility support, pregnancy nutrition, nutritional support for menopause, helping clients prepare for surgery, assist them in successfully treating their digestive disorders, skin issues and so on.
2.Tell us a little more about your philosophy.
It has become a fashionable statement to say you are what you eat. In reality, it is not as simple as that. The food you consume will not become a part of the body or any of its systems – it will be metabolised (effectively or not that is another question) and its metabolised components , in very simplified terms, will go to either add value to your overall health or take some of that value away from it. And this is exactly why popular diets in general do not have a great success rate – because one man’s food is another man’s poison.
This is why a Clinical Nutritionist can make a great difference in a client’s health. To give you a small example and sorry for bringing up apples again – there is absolutely nothing wrong with them! However, in my practice I see a lot of patients with compromised digestion trying to ‘be healthy’ as they say and incorporate various fruits on a daily basis (enter an apple a day). Most of them, however, experience bloating, gas, belching, heart burn without realising that they cannot digest fructose very well due to a lack of certain digestive enzymes or a lack of hydrochloric (stomach) acid that progressively declines after the age of 30. This is a very simplified example, of course, but I see it very frequently: people are genuinely trying to be healthy but simply do not know enough about their bodies to be able to stay healthy. The same goes for the current trend of eating (or overeating) good fats: your breakfast plate is plentiful with eggs and salmon and avocados all drenched in virgin coconut oil but a lot of the time I hear that this ‘healthy’ way of eating does not help with weight loss. No wonder. You can manipulate your genes and their expression with the food you eat on a daily basis, and unfortunately, modern way of eating sometimes ‘switches on’ a certain set of genetic information you would rather keep dormant.
Therefore, Individually tailored and correct food can make a person feel at the top their game both physically and mentally, and that is exactly what I do in my practice – create personal, biochemically unique nutritional programmes that are designed exclusively for a patient wanting to reach their personal health goals no matter where they live, how old they are and how often they exercise.
3.What are your areas of expertise – why should someone come to you?
I specialise in clinical weight loss and fat reduction. My specialisation is in pre- and post-bariatric surgery nutrition designed for patients undertaking stomach binding and stomach bypass surgeries. These are life changing surgeries requiring a lot of clinical support as far as nutrition goes.
I also have many clients coming to see me for straight forward weight and fat loss, some after aesthetic surgeries like tummy tucks and liposuction wanting to prevent secondary weight gain, some are post-pregnancy, post-trauma, pre-wedding or pre- special events. You do not have to be clinically obese to see me for a consultation, anyone wanting to look and feel fantastic should look and feel fantastic and that is what I offer – a method in achieving your personal weight goals that will sustain you no matter where you are in the world because each nutritional plan is designed exclusively for an individual patient.
I have to say that successful weight and fat loss is very difficult and in most cases without a support of a Clinical Nutritionist is unsustainable. Again, that is why a lot of popular diets fail in the long run – they do not account for an individual’s medical history or current medical conditions. I provide individually tailored nutritional programmes, not a general set of advice of the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ – we are talking about measuring a client’s consumption of certain food groups, minerals and vitamins to the milligrams of their personal dosages, specifically calculated for each client.
4. What types of food/diet are good for oral health?
Digestion starts in the mouth, especially digestion of carbohydrates, so please chew your food well otherwise it will not being digested properly. If you are known to be a fast eater gulping down your food, then be prepared to take some digestive enzymes to help you metabolise your food, particularly proteins and carbohydrates – so look for digestive enzymes in supplement form with high concentration of Amylase and Protease.
Drinking water (not with your meals though) is very important for oral health – the act of drinking water helps washing down food debris lingering in the mouth leaving your breath refreshed and your oral mucosa clean of undigested foods and bacteria. If you suffer from tooth and gum disorders then you should load up on foods high in Vitamin A (be very careful with this vitamin if you are pregnant though) – carrots, mangoes, dried apricots, egg yolks, butter, fish oils, chicken liver and sweet potatoes are all very high in it. If you suffer from tooth decay or about to undergo dental surgery, then you should consume a lot of Bioflavonoids (Rutin, Quercetin, Hesperidin) rich foods – apples, blackcurrants, blue and red berries, citrus fruit, garlic, onions and olives. If you are nearing your surgery then stay away from fish, sea food and fish oils for 7 days before and 7 days post-surgery to avoid potential haemorrhage.
Of course, you cannot talk about oral health and not mention Calcium. It is extremely important to have adequate levels of this mineral for optimal oral health, especially in children. Cheese and dairy products are the first items on the list due to their exceptional calcium content and its assimilation rates. However, if you are not digesting lactose (milk sugar) or casein (milk protein) very well then your next best Calcium power houses are – almonds, broccoli, buckwheat, green leafy vegetables, sardines and egg yolks. Be careful with water softeners as their remove Calcium from water, as well as rhubarb, spinach, chard greens and cereals as they decrease and in some instances block its absorption.
Sugar – enough said. Stay away from all forms of refined sugar. If you feel you need to add a sweet flavour to your dish then go for very small amounts of its natural forms: honey, maple syrup, molasses (high in Iron) or natural liquid Stevia (although it can be quite pricey). I do not advise consuming Agave (very often mixed with corn syrup) or standard brown sugar (white sugar dyed brown). If you are a chocoholic then please do indulge but in something of a very high cocoa content (no less than 70%) and very occasionally – it is still high in fat and will not make your weight loss journey any easier for you.
5.Do you have any quick, simple health tips that people can incorporate into their daily routine?
Most importantly (I say it to every client) please be very careful with fashionable daily hot water with lemon first thing in the morning. Firstly, it is awful for your teeth enamel and that is something you don’t want to be doing first thing! Secondly, if you have a very weak or sensitive digestion with recurrent stomach discomfort, heart burn or bloating then you should certainly avoid hot water with lemon on an empty stomach as well! Although naturally alkaline once digested, lemons are extremely acidic and anyone with potential gastritis or stomach ulcer is making the matters worse. A great way to start your day is to slowly drink a small glass of mineral or filtered water with a splash of freshly boiled water in it with an addition of ½ tea spoon of honey and ½ tea spoon of sea salt – your perfect rehydration drink post night’s sleep.
Eat nutrient-dense foods – foods that are high in minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants and good fats. They usually come high in calories though (avocados, salmon, chia seeds, goji berries, bone broths) but once you know what is your unique required dosage for these it becomes a straightforward job to reap the benefits of eating them.
Try to keep your intake of raw foods (salads, raw fruits and vegetables, raw dairy) in the first half of the day. Once you are past 3-4pm it’s time to eat foods that are fully or lightly cooked (grilled, sautéed, poached) as your digestive system starts to slowly reduce its function toward the end of the day leaving you to struggle with a big raw salad last thing at night. Unfortunately, you are running a risk of not being able to absorb any goodness from raw food like salad since you will not be able to metabolise its constituents and absorb any macro and micro nutrients from it.
Lastly and most importantly, do not overeat: not only is it unhealthy, it is also very aging. That is why you see someone having lost 10-15kg looking completely unrecognisable, fresh and young. It is not a coincidence since fat deposits hold a lot of toxins and once you shed the unwanted weight, you also lose a great deal of toxic tissue, leaving you looking young, healthy and happy.