Sixteen million reasons for W1’s first nutrition and brain-health clinic

Tuesday 08th October 2019 19:16 EDT

Nutritious Minds Consulting, W1’s first nutrition, and brain-health clinic, was launched with an event at Chandos House. Speakers include bestselling author and “godfather of the sugar tax” Professor Robert Lustig. The event took place on Wednesday 2nd October 2019.

Nutritious Minds Consulting is a unique, W1-based consultancy taking food as its starting point to assess insufficiencies in brain-selective nutrients as well as food allergies and intolerances. It adopts a personalised, evidence-based, integrative approach to psychological and psychiatric health. The consultancy is jointly founded by Neuropsychologist and Nutritionist, Dr Rachel V. Gow and Award-winning London based Psychiatrist, Dr Balu Pitchiah.

1 in 4 people in the UK – that’s 16 million of us – experience a mental health problem each year. The field of Nutritional Psychiatry has long recognised the link between mental health symptoms and factors such as dietary inflammation, nutritional insufficiencies, food intolerances/allergies and gut-health – all of which are modifiable.

Dr Rachel V. Gow is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) trained neuroscientist who ran the world’s first randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial of omega-3 fatty acids in adults with ADHD. She is a Neurodevelopmental specialist and a Registered Nutritionist, and has 18 years’ experience in psychological research. Dr. Gow is also the founder of the not-for-profit, Nutritious Minds Trust, which advocates for all types of learning and behavior differences and empowers young people to reach their highest potential.

Dr Balu Pitchah was given the "Doctor of the Year" award by Asian Voice in 2018. In his role as an NHS Psychiatrist, he works closely within a multidisciplinary team managing common mental disorders including anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and Bipolar affective disorder. He frequently works with high achievers, helping them achieve their full potential while minimising the impact of their emotional problems on their work and family life.

“From my own experience as the mother of a child with ADHD and Dyslexia, I know how hard it can be to find expert advice and support”, says Dr Gow. “Our brain-health clinic addresses that knowledge gap in a practical, proactive and personalised way.

“Brain health affects every person on the planet. We all eat, and we are all responsible for keeping our brains healthy and functioning optimally. We encourage all our clients to be empowered agents of change and nutrition is both brain-boosting, plays a role in preventative health and acts as a neuromodulator, in other words, a game-changer for overall health and wellness. Our target audience is therefore everyone!”

The consultancy, based in Weymouth and Harley Street, offers more than just consultations and advice. Its approaches range from personalised nutrition plans based on a full nutritional profile evaluation, fitness coaching, mentoring, empowerment, educational support and professional liaison with schools.

Nutritious Minds Consulting have carefully selected Bare Biology to be one of the first supplement brands to be recommended at the clinic. Bare Biology is considered the UK’s leading premium omega-3 brand and will also be available at the event to sample where Liz de Clercq, Bare Biology Retail Associate, will be on hand to answer any questions.

Founder of Bare Biology, Melanie Lawson comments: “We’re really delighted to be working with Nutritious Minds Consulting.  It's great news there will be a dedicated clinic focusing on brain health and nutrition. I’ve always believed there's a direct connection between food and mental health, based on my own personal experience and research.  However, I’m not a doctor or scientist, so it’s wonderful that people who really know what they’re doing are giving this the attention it needs. I’ve no doubt it will be a huge success and will help many people”.

“It's time to move beyond the prescription pad”, says Dr Gow. “The future of medicine is holistic and personalised. We need to feed our brains with the fuel it is comprised of – not limiting it simply to pharmacological interventions, but with the essential nutrients which our mental-health depends on.”

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