Miguel Toribio-Mateas BSc (Hons) Nutritional Medicine MSc Clinical Neuroscience
Miguel Toribio-Mateas - Personalised Nutrition
Kingyo Therapy Suites Ltd
58 South Molton Street
Miguel Toribio-Mateas - Personalised Nutrition
9 Coldbath Square (off Farringdon Road)
020 7458 4518
Are you over 40 and feel as if you were ageing at a faster pace than you’d hoped for? Is this noticeable from your looks e.g. premature skin ageing, but also from feeling that your brain isn’t working as efficiently as it did only a few years ago? Have you got a family history of dysglicaemia or cardiovascular disease?
Miguel Toribio-Mateas is an expert nutrition practitioner and clinical neuroscientist with a functional medicine approach, specialising in nutritional support for healthy brain ageing and cognitive enhancement. Clinics in Mayfair (London W1) and the City (EC1).
The foods you eat have a profound effect upon your health, mood and energy levels. And because you are unique, other factors such as your lifestyle, your environment and your emotions, as well as the web-like interconnections between them, also contribute to your uniqueness. By means of a thorough health assessment, Miguel aims to find out what underlying imbalances may be contributing to your health concerns. Taking into account the specifics about your biochemistry, cognitive power, as well as your likes and dislikes, Miguel will provide you with an individualised nutritional programme that’s designed just for you so that it works by ticking the right boxes at biochemical level whilst fitting “just right” into your lifestyle.
Personalised vs individualised nutrition
The same latest fad diet will make some people thrive and others feel miserable. That’s why I believe all nutritional advice should be not just personalised, alas anyone can personalise a handout by adding a handful of nuts a day or by removing bread or cheese. But that’s not individualisation. True individualisation can only be based on knowing you inside out. Ideally this means that I’ll need to know some of your basic genetic traits, as well as whether those genes are manifesting themselves functionally. What does this mean? Well, you may have a genetic trait that puts you at higher risk of folate (folic acid) deficiency, like a specific variant of the MTHFR gene. But unless I know about your folate levels, which I’ll only know about after running a blood or urine test, I won’t know whether this risk is actually materialised in your case or not. Having as many pieces of information about you and your uniqueness my clinical decisions and recommendations are more likely to provide you with the support you really need. My whole-person approach combines nutritional and lifestyle advice to support your health through life ups and downs. Having completed substantial professional and academic training in the application of ageing science and clinical neuroscience, I specialise in providing nutritional support for healthy ageing, and particularly for brain ageing and cognitive enhancement.
What can you expect from the process?
The first step is for me to understand your issues, as well as your goals. My comprehensive pre-consultation questionnaire, which fill out online before you come to see me in clinic, allows me to learn about your health history to date, so that we can focus on the root causes of any imbalances you may be suffering from, rather than on merely relieving the symptoms. As a practitioner trained in a functional medicine model my aim is to support you as an individual, providing you with a tailor-made nutritional recommendations that can really make a difference.
The type of cases I specialise in do not tend to be “fixed” (if there is such a thing) with one single consultation, so whilst you are welcome to book just the one appointment, most of my clients book an initial set of 3, which is also available at a lower cost as a sign of my commitment to working with you over a period of time. Please refer to the fees section below for more details.
Do you use laboratory testing?
Yes, I do use laboratory testing routinely. This includes genetic (DNA) testing (genotyping) as well as functional testing, i.e. assessment of metabolites in blood, urine, saliva and stool. I work with a variety of quality assured labs, both in the UK and abroad. Through years of experience, thousands of clinical hours and professional training, I have developed a deep understanding of what tests are useful and which ones are not. I only use tests that are 100% based on scientific evidence and that provide translatable results, i.e. results that can be translated into actionable recommendations with measurable effects. This means that in my clinical practice I categorically do not recommend any test that is just a “nice to have” but that is purely academic in value. As just one example, I work daily with an established pathology lab used by the NHS and all of London’s private GPs and consultants, so you can trust they are in no way "alternative". Plus the type of tests I use you'll be able to share with any other healthcare / medical professionals co-managing your case, knowing that they'll be able to interpret them easily. In fact, liaising with these professionals involved in your care is part of what I do as part of my service to you.
I am also acutely aware of the fact that privately funding your healthcare is not easy for everyone, and you can trust that I will recommend only those tests that are needed for your case, nothing more, nothing less. Whilst mindful of costs, I dislike cutting corners and I will be absolutely honest about all potential scenarios from the outset. This means that I am sometimes likely to insist on running a test if there is no other way for me to be certain of what imbalances may be contributing to your current health concerns.
Do you recommend food supplements?
Yes, I do, but I always work with food first, and I’m only likely to recommend specific supplements when I know they’re needed. For example, if we check your vitamin D levels as part of a blood test and they come back as low, I’ll recommend a good quality vitamin D supplement based on my knowledge of its bioavailability, i.e. an easily absorbable form, as well as cost/quality ratio. In some cases I may not recommend any supplements at all and without any functional tests that is likely to be the case.
Is this what we’ll discuss about during our free 10 minute phone chat?
Yes. I find that having a 10 minute conversation on the phone to go through your concerns and concerns really helps. It provides us with an opportunity to learn about each other’s ways. I will be able to give you a broad idea of how I envisage I could help you manage your issues, and you also get the chance to see if my suggested process will work for you. Please note that is not a consultation, so I will not be able to provide any assessment or recommendations during our call. If I feel that I am not best placed to help, I will say so at this time.
I'd like to go ahead, so what do I do now?
That's great to know. Call my clinic number 020 7458 4518 and book your free 10-minute call discuss how I may be able able to help. Appointments are available at my Mayfair and London City clinics, 1 minute from Bond Street and 5 mins from Farringdon, respectively. You can combine locations for initial consultations and follow-ups.
These are areas provide specialist nutritional support for:
• Cardiovascular and metabolic support for those with a family history of cardiovascular or neurodegenerative disease.
• Increase vitality and enhance brain / cognitive function, optimising your ability to adapt to lifestyle pressures.
• Promote skin and hair health, cultivating "beauty from within”, but as part of an all-encompassing, individualised “anti-ageing nutrition” programme.
So if you’re interested in healthy ageing, start from within!
In 2013 I was the first nutrition practitioner in the UK to become Board Certified in Anti-Ageing Medicine by the American Board of Anti-Ageing Health Practitioners, after completing a Fellowship in Anti-Ageing, Regenerative and Functional Medicine, a 2-year training programme run by the Metabolic Medicine Institute and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and passing stringent board certification exams alongside other healthcare professionals (mostly medical doctors) in the USA. I believe that you can “grow younger” from the inside by providing the necessary nutrients and other non-nutrient building blocks that enable specific “anti-ageing” cellular processes that keep us looking and feeling our best as we age.
I completed a Masters in Clinical Neuroscience (with distinction) at the University of Roehampton June 2016 and was awarded a Santander Bank scholarship for doctoral research at the Institute for Work Based Learning of Middlesex University, where I am currently completing my doctorate, researching nutritional interventions for neurodegenerative disease (brain ageing), focusing on mild cognitive impairment, the condition that precedes Alzheimer's. Aside from my professional and academic training, I have thousands of hours of expertise working with ageing individuals, and am Head of Clinical Nutrition for a top medical establishment that specialises in mental health and addiction care. You can trust my advice to always be honest and specific to your case.
You can learn more about me and my background on my LinkedIn profile.
Have any other questions?
Please call 020 7458 4518 or email now. I’ll be only too happy to help.
You can read more about me and what I do at MiguelMateas.com.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc BSc (Hons) NMed PgDip MBANT NTCC CNHC Registered
I was born in Spain in the 70s and have had a life-long love of cooking and good food. Living in London from the mid-nineties I've soaked up different cultural traditions, always favouring a Mediterranean diet "with an oriental twist". I trained with the British Wheel of Yoga for 3 intense years in the 2000s. During my training I learned about Ayurveda and the medicinal power of food and spices, which I found fascinating. Wanting to deepen my knowledge about how to use food therapeutically, I studied Nutritional Medicine, completing a BSc Honours (First Class) at University of West London. My Honours dissertation (for which I got a First Class) was on the protective effect of antioxidant foods and drinks, e.g. green tea, from endothelial dysfunction and their application in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. I've studied Functional Diagnostic Medicine with Drs Grisanti and Weatherby of The Functional Medicine University and have trained on the integrative model of healthcare via his studies with the Institute for Functional Medicine, having completed the "Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice" programme and the Advanced Practice Module in Gastrointestinal Equilibrium. I've been in full time practice since 2009 and I've seen many hundreds of clients since my first observations in student clinics back in 2004.
My interest in anything to do with the brain
My approach has always focused on the relationship between the physical body the mind. I believe that mindfulness-based techniques are a powerful complement the work I do on a physical level with nutrition. In order to find out first hand how mindfulness affects the body, I am completing a MSc in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Roehampton. My research project is on the effects of antioxidant nutrients on neural stem cells. It's a laboratory-based project that will allow me to understand mitochondrial function, DNA replication and cell life/death choices in "real time" by working with live neural stem cells under the supervision of Dr Francisco Holgado-Molina. This is a subject that I’m absolutely fascinated by, and having the chance to work with a leading academic team at Roehampton is an honour.
A little bit more about other things I’ve done and do
From 2010 I have been involved with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in different academic, research and lecturing roles. My research interests included the neuro-endocrine/neurologic aspects of stress-related diseases, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Adrenal Exhaustion. I am currently a Guest Lecturer covering liver detoxification, cardivascular disease, and oxidative cellular damage as a result of environmental exposure and epigenetics. I also have a Guest Lecturer role at the British College of Nutrition and Health, teaching to students in all years of their course and a Clinical Supervision and Lecturer role at the School of Psychology, Social Work and Human Sciences of The University of West London.
You may have known me during my time as Clinical Director at The Optimum Health Clinic in London, the number one clinic in Europe for the integral management of M.E., Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia in the UK. The award-wining approach at The Optimum Health Clinic integrates Psychology with Nutrition. Every patient is managed jointly by an expert Psychology and Nutrition practitioner. I was working at the Clinic during the time that its approach was summarised and published in a preliminary prospective study that was published in the British Medical Journal in November 2012. The Optimum Health Clinic is now following up this study with a Randomised Controlled Trial to be run in conjunction with the University of Surrey from 2015-2018.
Alongside my academic and clinical commitments, I provide research support to academics and clinicians across Europe through my ongoing freelance collaboration with scientific publisher Springer and offer product and nutrition consultancy services.
And, “in my spare time” I am Chairman of BANT, the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy. As Chairman my mission is to help every BANT member attain the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professionalism, allowing Nutritional Therapy to become a viable primary healthcare option.
My Professional Affiliations
I obtained a Certificate of Professional Competence by the Nutritional Therapy Council in 2010, when I registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, the only register for Nutritional Therapy under the Professional Standards Authority. I am also a Fellow Member of BANT. I was awarded the Fellow Member status in 2015 for years of service and contribution to the development of the profession. I am also a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the British Neuroscience Association.
Miguel in the Media
I provide provides expert nutritional advice to a number of UK and international media. I am frequently quoted in UK and International newspapers like The Times, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, The Express, The Indian Express, as well as popular blog sites such as SoFeminine.co.uk and Female First. I’ve been published in a range of styles. From lighthearted like Top Santé magazine on "healthy eating for families on a budget” and Men's Health with his "stress-busting nutrition tips”, to more serious and reference resources like “WebMD on metabolism”.
I’ve also been interviewed on the Spanish BBC World channel BBC Mundo giving his top tips on healthy nutrition to Spanish-speaking BBC viewers, and was featured in 2 episodes of the the SkyLiving TV series Bigger Than..., commenting on the diets of celebrities Britney Spears and Katie Perry.
For more of my media coverage, please visit my media page.
*Functional Diagnostic Medicine and Functional Medicine are terms used by The Functional Medicine University and The Institute for Functional Medicine, and the term Anti-Ageing and Regenerative Medicine is used in regards to the Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine clinical education that the Miguel Toribio-Mateas is engaged in. Nutritional Therapy does not diagnose or treat medical conditions. Please consult your GP if you have any symptoms which could relate to any condition before making an appointment with us and make sure to let us know so we can liaise with your GP and/or consultant/s.
Areas of nutrition I deal with
- Adults and elderly adults
- Anaemia *
- Anorexia nervosa *
- Balanced diet
- Binge eating disorder *
- Bulimia nervosa *
- Cancer *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME *
- Coeliac disease
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Constipation *
- Crohn's disease *
- Diarrhoea *
- Digestive problems *
- Eating disorders *
- Eczema *
- Fibromyalgia *
- Food allergy and food intolerance
- Healthy eating
- Healthy hair
- Heart disease *
- High blood pressure *
- High cholesterol *
- Infants and pre-school children
- Iron deficiency anaemia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome *
- Life stages
- Megaloblastic anaemia *
- Menopause *
- Migraine *
- Obesity *
- Osteoporosis *
- Polycystic ovary syndrome *
- Pregnancy and preconception
- Premenstrual syndrome *
- Psoriasis *
- Rosacea *
- Schoolchildren and teenagers
- Skin health and conditions *
- Sports nutrition
- Thyroid problems
- Tiredness *
- Weight gain
- Weight management
- Women's nutrition
* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Consultation fees per hour: £150
Pack of 3 consultations: £350
Fees applicable to Skype as well as face-to-face consultations.
The cost of any functional tests or nutritional supplements is additional to the consultation fees.
How many consultations am I likely to need?
My fees are £150 per hour. For Personalised Nutrition, in my experience a minimum of 3 consultations is needed, so I offer a “pack of 3 hours” at the preferential rate of £350* which 99% of my clients start with. After the first hour, you decide how you wish to use the remaining 2 hours of your credit.
A typical use of our time would be a one-hour initial face to face consultation, followed by a couple of shorter 30 minute Skype / FaceTime / telephone calls, with another one-hour face to face session a few weeks later. You have total flexibility as to how you wish to use your time with me. You could even engage me in a set of 6 10-minute telephone calls if you so wanted and use 1 hour of your credit that way.
I find intercalating face to face consultations with telecare works really well, particularly if your health concern is ongoing. The interval between consultations is typically 4 to 6 weeks but this does depend on your specific requirements. I will let you know when your credit is running low so you can decide whether you’d like to “top up”. If all you need is 1 consultation, then that’s easy. I will never “sell you” more of my time than you need. I wish I could help everyone within our first hour together, and if that’s the case I’ll be totally upfront about it. If you wish to combine resilience coaching / HeartMath® sessions with your nutrition consultations, the fee structure remains the same.
Couple / group sessions
Want to bring your partner along? No problem! All couple, group resilience coaching / workshops, corporate wellbeing, consulting and communications work is priced according to your requirements.
Please get in touch now or call 020 7458 4518 now to discuss your needs.
My practice's approach puts you at the centre of the picture and works around your needs. It values the importance of the mind/body/spirit connection, so the focus is placed on the whole of your person, i.e. what’s going on inside you as well as in your immediate environment. According to your specific needs, I will use diverse approaches to ensure you get the best possible experience from the process, from the first email or phone call to your very last consultation.
Nutritional Therapy is a recognised complementary therapy which can be used on its own, or alongside any other therapies. That is why we are equally happy working with your GP or specialist consultant in the ongoing management of your condition as we would be working with or referring you to any other qualified complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioner.
All decisions made are participative and informed by evidence obtained from only the most current research on therapeutics and diagnostic methods. This ensures minimal – if any – adverse drug effects and interactions with existing medication and gives you peace of mind.
As a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy, BANT I adhere to the professional association’s strict code of conduct. Our aim is to attain the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professionalism in the practice of Nutritional Therapy.
I will never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, age, disability or sexual orientation.
Read more about my practice’s values.
Type of session
|Online nutrition support:||Yes|
|Telephone nutrition support:||Yes|
|Face to face nutrition:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Spanish, French, Italian|
Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm.