Naturopathic Nutrition

Naturopathic Nutrition is holistic and preventative in approach.  We look at symptoms within the context of the whole body, to seek out their root cause.  I work with clients on a dynamic level to help restore and maintain the natural balance of the body.  

No two people are the same and Charlotte Fraser Naturopathic Nutrition tailors every programme to your individual needs and circumstances.

 

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Why might I need to look at my diet?

Mass food production,  globalisation and disruption to our eco balance is having a serious repercussion on the nutritional health of humans.  There is a big gap in the nutritional status of most people today, and that’s before we even take into account individual genetic inheritance and lifestyle factors.   

Our food choices are more often determined by their colour, taste, texture and calorie content, rather than for their nutritional value.   

When did you last pay attention to the warning lights on your dashboard?  Do you feel tired all the time?  Do you suffer from constant headaches.  Constipation?  Is your lower back pain really just down to sitting at your desk all day?    It is just so easy to dismiss these things as we distract ourselves in our busy lives.    

Often, it is only with the diagnosis of a more serious health condition – when the proverbial tyre falls off the car and stops us in our tracks- that we seek help.  Even then, most people often just treat the immediate symptoms.  This often just a short term fix.  

If you’re an alive body, no one can tell you how to experience the world. And no one can tell you what truth is, because you experience it for yourself. The body does not lie.”

– Stanley Coleman – 

Identifying and Bridging the ‘Nutrition Gap’

The nutrition gap describes the difference between the levels of nutrients you are getting from your daily diet, and those nutrient levels identified by scientific research as necessary for OPTIMAL health in the population. Many people don’t get the level of essential nutrients required for health and protection on a day-to-day basis, and the short-fall adversely impacts health, now and longer term.

Aside from dietary intake, various factors contribute to nutrient shortfalls. These include: food choices within any 24-hour, seven-day window; the source of the food; the nutrient content of the food we eat; the bodies ability to assimilate the nutrients; our fitness and movement levels; and lifestyle factors, e.g. stress, alcohol, smoking, medications – these all pull more heavily on our nutrient ‘bank balance’.

Wherever and as much as possible, we will work with foods easily sourced in local supermarkets and farm shops. However, it may be necessary to prescribe supplements to achieve the necessary therapeutic effect, and/or to bridge any significant ‘nutrition gap’ identified. In that event, I work with Food State and Wholefood supplements.

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Cognitive assessments to objectively measure 

As part of your nutrition programme, we will also objectively check up on areas such as memory, attention, reasoning, and verbal ability—all cognitive abilities you need to function optimally in everyday life. This is not an IQ test—it’s a quick check-up on how you are doing today, like a blood pressure cuff for your brain.

Why is measuring cognitive health important?

We all have a subjective idea of how our brains are doing—some days we feel “off” or have “brain fog”, while other days we feel like we can take on the world. But how much better are we on the good days? Are lifestyle or health changes making a difference? That’s where cognitive assessment comes in. By putting a number to these subjective feelings, we can discover what is causing the good days in order to have more of them. When your brain is performing, every activity in your daily life will be easier, from remembering where you parked your car, to planning out the layout to your new room, to completing your work assignments on time.

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An engaging and scientifically-validated cognitive assessment

Charlotte Fraser Naturopathic Nutrition uses a leading cognitive assessment platform, CBS Health, developed by Cambridge Brain Sciences, to quickly measure brain health. These measures help us assess, monitor, and manage core areas of cognition to ensure that your treatment programme is on the right track.

Validated by decades of scientific research, the CBS Health tasks measure the most important aspects of cognition. Performance is directly linked with the areas of your brain that are active when you are at your sharpest. But more importantly, the tasks are fun, and only take 1.5 – 3 minutes each to complete. Now, not only will you feel better, but you can objectively track how your brain is responding to your nutrition and wellness programme.  You can complete the CBS Health assessments online from the comfort of your own home. You can view a sample CBS Health report here.

What is Naturopathic Nutrition?

Naturopathic Nutrition works with the individual’s efforts towards the promotion, restoration and maintenance of health.  This means that we also place a great emphasis on preventative health.

Health is more than ‘the absence of disease’. Disease ensues when the body’s homeostasis, or self-regulating system is disrupted. Then the body develops an acute response in its attempt to restore health, often demonstrated through enhanced processes of elimination. Suppressing these healing processes can contribute to the potential for chronic (longer term) breakdown, inflammation and disease.

A Holistic Approach

In Naturopathic Nutrition, the education and cooperation of the patient is fundamentally important and contributes to the success of the treatment process. The patient is assisted in examining his or her lifestyle and making healthier choices which, in turn, is established on a cellular level by means of appropriate nutritional support.

Charlotte Fraser works with clients on a physiological, physical, mental and emotional level. This is because optimum health and wellbeing depends on a multitude of factors and reflects a harmonious interaction with our environment.

The universe is exactly the way we think it is and that’s why.”
– John Woods –

We need nourishing food, clean water, fresh air and sunlight, as well as lots of movement, rest and relaxation, to maintain health. However to truly thrive, we also need positive relationships, creative fulfilment and mental stimulus.

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Core values of Naturopathic Nutrition are:

  • Healing Power of Nature: a ‘vital force’ underpins the body’s self-healing or self-correcting mechanisms.
  • Triad of Health: the connection and interaction between the structural, biochemical and mental/emotional components of all living beings. Dysfunction in one area will lead to disruption elsewhere.
  • Uniqueness of the Individual: people are genetically, biochemically, structurally and emotionally different from one another. Each person responds in a unique way to influences, be they mental, emotional, nutritional, social or cultural.

Contact Charlotte Fraser today to book an appointment to review your current state of health and well being, as well as to devise an individually-tailored nutrition plan.

Health Conditions

Charlotte Fraser works in partnership with you to help you achieve and maintain optimum physical and emotional/mental health and wellbeing.

Charlotte is particularly well known for her work surrounding Gut Health (treating digestive problems such as IBS, leaky gut syndrome, etc, as well as chronic, autoimmune diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease . She has also had significant success working with clients diagnosed with chronic fatigue, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.), depression as well as providing fertility assistance to couples struggling to conceive naturally or going through IVF.

She works with clients to help treat the following health conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit and hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomtelitis ( CFS / ME )
  • Brain and Cognitive Health
  • Depression
  • Gut health and digestive disorders (for example: IBS, Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Fertility assistance
  • Food intolerance
  • Headaches / migraines
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Insomnia
  • Joint disorders
  • Long Covid
  • Low energy. For instance, do you suffer from TATT (do you feel ‘tired all the time’)?
  • Peri / Menopause
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Premenstrual stress / Premenstrual tension (PMS / PMT)
  • Skin conditions (for example: Acne & Eczema, Psoriasis)
  • Stress management
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Weight management
  • Weakened immunity
  • Cognitive Health Assessments are included and valuable for monitoring and evaluating progress in treating a wide range of health conditions.

    GAD-7 assessments provide a measure of general anxiety symptoms.

    PHQ-9 assessments are available to facilitate screening, diagnosing, monitoring and measuring the severity of depression. 

    The ASRS is a short screening scale for measuring symptoms consistent with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for adults.

    “It is a new day for a new thought, new identity, new ideas, new steps and new breathe! We may choose to repeat the mistakes of yesterday or think of the lessons from the mistakes of yesterday. We may choose dwell on the fortunes or misfortunes of yesterday or think of what we can do with the fortunes or misfortunes of yesterday today! We may choose to continue or discontinue the steps we took yesterday today. Life is here today and we must think of what we can do today for today was the vision of yesterday and the true foundation of tomorrow!”

    – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah –


    Food Intolerance Testing

    Providing instantaneous results, this food intolerance testing method is simple, non-invasive and helps isolate potentially problem foods, drinks and additives. We test over 80 different substances. A vitamin and mineral analysis is included alongside basic nutritional counselling.

    The food intolerance testing involves a bio-electronic analyzer which measures the body’s electrical resistance to individual foods. Problem substances affect the body’s electrical resistance and register in a lower reading. The test is completely painless. it is best described as a ball point pen touching the tip of your finger upon a acupuncture point.

    You may benefit from food intolerance testing if you experience any of the following:

    • Low energy and fatigue
    • Bloating
    • Diarrhea / constipation
    • Food cravings
    • Heartburn / nausea
    • Headaches / migraines
    • Joint pain / swollen ankles
    • Respiratory symptoms (sinusitis, runny nose, asthma, itchy throat )
    • Skin complaints (Eczema, spots, hives)
    • Sinus / catarrh
    • Sleep problems

    This test is suitable for all ages, including babies and children but it is not suitable for pregnant women or individuals fitted with a pacemaker.

    Will I have to avoid certain foods forever?

    This depends on whether you can tolerate the food once it is reintroduced after a period of elimination. Your immune and digestive system may also need additional support to eradicate the underlying problem. In those instances, Charlotte can organise a more in-depth nutritional consultation.  

    Cognitive Health Assessment

    With the close correlation between gut and brain health, Charlotte Fraser integrates cognitive performance assessments in her nutrition consultations to measure how your brain is doing over time. Her nutritional therapy includes a quick, fun series of tasks that objectively measure your memory, reasoning, verbal ability, and attention—all facets of cognition that are important in your everyday life.

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    Why Measure Cognition?

    There is an old saying that “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it,”and this applies to health and wellbeing too. We all have a subjective idea of how our brains are doing—some days we feel “off” or experience “brain fog,” while on other days we feel like we can take on the world. But how much better are we on the good days? And are lifestyle or health changes making a difference?

    That’s where cognitive assessment comes in. By quantifying or putting a number to these subjective feelings, we can discover what is causing the good days in order to have more of them.

    An engaging and scientifically-validated Cognitive Assessment Test

    We assess, monitor, and manage core areas of cognition to ensure that your nutrition programme is on the right track. You complete the tests online at home prior to your nutrition consultation.

    The tasks assess aspects of cognition including reasoning, memory, attention and verbal ability.   

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    Is this an IQ Test?

    NO! We aren’t testing IQ! Think of it more like a blood pressure cuff for your brain. There’s no judgment, and the goal is progress over time, because we acknowledge that brain health changes from day to day. That’s why we believe we can improve or maintain your performance through improvements to both nutrition and lifestyle, and include cognitive assessments as a standard part of the programme.

    Are cognitive assessments really relevant to me?!

    Cognitive health affects almost every part of your life. Even conditions traditionally viewed seen as purely physical, such as pain or constipation, can effect cognition, and vice-versa. You’re not thinking well if you’re not feeling well.

    What do results look like?

    A sample CBS Health report is available here. The report is easy to read and understand. It becomes more valuable with each additional assessment, showing your progress and letting you know when meaningful changes occur. Charlotte Fraser reviews your report after each assessment in order to measure progress and make any adjustments to your health programme.

    To evaluate your attention is, you can try out a free online assessment here via this link: https://health.cambridgebrainsciences.com/en/play/naturopathic_nutrition_demo/demo_assessment/Introduction.

    PHQ-9 Assessment for Depression

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    The PHQ-9 is a simple, 9-question instrument for screening, diagnosing, monitoring and measuring the severity of depression.  The assessment is online and takes 3 minutes to complete.

    Endorsed by leading health organisations and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), PHQ-9 is one of the most used depression screens among Primary Care workers, clinicians and researchers.

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    GAD-7 Assessment to Measure Anxiety Levels

    The GAD-7 is a measure of general anxiety symptoms.

    Your GAD-7 evaluation, together with the CBS Health Assessment and PHQ-9 evaluation gives you insight as to what is going on with both your cognitive and mental health.   These scientifically-validated assessments provide quantifiable evidence and further inform your personal nutrition and care programme.  

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    The PSS (Perceived Stress Scale)

    The PSS (Perceived Stress Scale) is a multipurpose instrument for objectively determinining severity of perceived stress symptoms, while also allowing for the
    monitoring of symptom changes and effects of treatment over time. Results from the PSS are used in conjunction with clinical judgement and other data.

    The combination of CBS cognitive tasks, the PHQ-9 and the GAD-7 form a powerful quartet they can be used as key outcome measures, mid-point check-ins to evaluate and customise your nutrition programme.

    ASRS Screen for ADHD

    The Adult Self-Report Screener (ASRS) is a short screening scale for measuring symptoms consistent with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for adults. A total score is presented alongside raw responses, trends over time, and other contextual information to help you understand the results. We assess this in conjunction with the results of select cognitive tasks in the CBS Health Assessment.

    Charlotte Fraser – Biography

    Charlotte Fraser has over twenty years of experience working in the health, nutrition and wellness sector.  

    Holistic in approach, Charlotte works dynamically with the client on a physiological, physical, mental and emotional level to bring about sustainable, long-term change in their health and wellbeing. Awareness is, Charlotte believes, 90% of the cure and she places considerable emphasis on helping clients to gain better self-knowledge and understanding.  

    Charlotte’s interest in nutrition stems from her own personal experience treating a chronic health condition.  She was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when she was 23 years old. It was during that classic ‘transition’ time of leaving home, university and embarking on a career in London.   Repeat flare-ups followed by long, debilitating spells in hospital, compelled Charlotte to explore alternative health therapies and approaches.  Her journey took her to many of the world’s leading spas and medical detox clinics. Also, her interest in the mind/body connection led to further exploration  through both psychodynamic and transpersonal psychotherapy. Charlotte’s further study of Traditional Chinese Medicine is integrated in her own nutrition practice.

    Charlotte found really tangible and meaningful results through nutritional therapy, also in adopting a different mindset and more holistic approach.  She went on to study for a Diploma at the UK School of Naturopathic Nutrition, qualifying with distinction in 2006 before qualifying for a Diploma in Food Intolerance Testing.

    A keen writer, Charlotte has written a nutrition column for Country House Magazine (now Country & Town House Magazine) and edited the ‘Success Stories’ for the European Rolfing® Association. She has also contributed to City AM, Richmond Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, High50, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, and Essential Surrey. Charlotte is a member of the Association of Holistic Nutritional Practitioners.

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    Charlotte Fraser
    BA Hons, Dip. NNP,
    Dip. AIT