Joao Costa

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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a qualified Nutritional Therapist and a member of the British Association of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine. 

I work with clients who often feel stressed and tired, can’t perform to their best, experience disturbed sleep, and want to improve their gut health. I have a special interest in how your nutritional status can affect your mental health and stress.

Having experience as a Lead clinical pharmacist for a NHS primary care network 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 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 your lifestyle. I also discuss the medication the clients are on and make suggestions for changes, if I believe this will benefit the client.

I work with my patients holistically and like to explore their main concerns and discuss options to improve their health, being this by medication changes or improving their lifestyle. 

In my private clinical practice, I offer a one-to-one health consultation resulting in a nutritional/lifestyle programme tailor-made to fit the needs of each 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.

If you would like to work with me:

My aim is always to look and listen to what you and your body are telling me and to then suggest long-term sustainable lifestyle and dietary changes. 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 preferences, busy schedule, external demands, or any medical plan you might be following. This will allow you to get a better understanding of your health and well-being going forward.

Following many years in a conventional medical setting, I strongly believe that the key to good health lies in a preventative and holistic approach. This is the basis of Functional Medicine, which looks at the body as a whole, views each individual as absolutely unique, focuses on the root of illness rather than just the symptoms, and in which nutrition plays an essential role.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Sciences  - Lusofona University
  • PGDip Human Nutrition - Lusofona University
  • PGDip NT -CNM
  • Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine - Clinical Education
  • Psych 1 and Psych 2 - College of Mental Health Pharmacy
  • Independent prescriber - UEA
  • MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice - ARU

Member organisations

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

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.

British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT)

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.

Accredited register membership

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
Accredited Register Scheme

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Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

Nutrition topics

Information about health conditions (*)

Nutritional therapy can help enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting nutritional therapy or making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle.


£120.00 per session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2

Type of session

Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
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