Joao Batista Costa - DipNT, MPharm, mBANT CNHC
I am a qualified Nutritional Therapist and a practicing pharmacist. Working as a pharmacist brings many skills and broad clinical experience to my nutritional therapy practice, which enables me to combine an evidence-based approach with my clinical knowledge.
I work with clients who often feel stressed and tired, can’t perform to their best, experience disturbed sleep and suffer from gut issues. I have a special interest in how your nutritious status can affect your mental health and stress.
I work closely with my clients to achieve the best outcome by investigating the root cause of conditions. This enables me to support the body systems under strain and as a result, alleviate symptoms. I aim to illustrate the possible links between your symptoms, the food you are eating and lifestyle.
I offer one-to-one health consultations resulting in a bespoke nutritional/lifestyle programme tailor-made to fit the needs of each individual client. Through an in-depth case history, we will identify the likely triggers and underlying drivers of whatever symptoms you may be experiencing, and then establish a plan through which these can be addressed.
My aim is always to look at what you and your body are telling me and to then suggest long-term sustainable lifestyle and dietary changes help with whatever you would like support with. This might include the use of supplements where indicated, and occasionally some testing may be necessary to provide further information for a well-targeted plan. We would work together to establish a nutritional plan that works with your likes, preferences, busy schedule, external demands, or any medical plan you might be following, and that allows you to take charge of your health going forward.
Following my years in conventional medical setting, I came to strongly believe that the key to good health lies in a preventative and holistic approach which is base of Functional Medicine which looks at the body as a whole, views each individual as absolutely unique, addresses the root of illness rather than just the symptoms, and in which nutrition plays an essential role.
During the consultation I give my clients the chance to talk about their current diet, digestion and general health concerns that they feel could be linked to their diet. Going through a number of questions helps prompt the individual to consider things that maybe haven’t even been thought of in connection with diet, and helps to join all the dots together to create a better picture of the overall health, eating and lifestyle habits of that person.
Before an initial consult you will be asked to fill in a questionnaire and a food diary so I can better access your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition - College of Naturopathic Medicine - London
Qualified Pharmacist - registered with General Pharmaceutical Council
Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine Course - Clinical education - with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee
I am a member of the British Association of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine(BANT), the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists. I am also registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the government’s regulatory body.
British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists.
There are different BANT membership classes, including Full Member, Fellow Member and Student Member.
All BANT practitioners must have met the required standards of training, be fully insured and adhere to the BANT Code of Ethics and Practice.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including massage, aromatherapy and nutrition.
In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.
A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of nutrition deal with
If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have this medical condition, 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.
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