Karen Brooks Skin/Gut Health Nutritionist mBANT, mCNHC
Hello, I’m Karen, a Nutritionist working in North Yorkshire and beyond due to the wonders of online communication!
I’m passionate about helping you to improve your health and sense of wellbeing by providing support in making changes to diet & lifestyle. It is possible to take back control of your health.
I use a functional medicine approach which is holistic and looks for the root causes of illness.
I can help you with improving your diet, organising appropriate functional testing (where appropriate) and recommending nutritional supplements where necessary. I appreciate that making changes can be difficult so I offer regular support to help keep you motivated and on track.
It is easy to find information on the internet about how to "fix" various aspects of health, but in reality it is often not that simple. The body is complex and everything connected - I can help you to "join the dots" to figure out why you feel the way you do and what to do about it.
My aims are:
- to truly listen to you, to understand what your health concerns are and to work alongside you to get to the root cause of your health issues.
- that you will learn and understand more about why you feel the way you do and reach a point where you can take control of your health.
My main areas of specialism are in supporting skin health and gut health. Skin conditions are complex and often related to other areas such as the gut, immune or hormonal systems. So working with skin is best approached by working from the inside out as well as the outside in!
Gut health is associated with many conditions, imbalances in the gut can affect many parts of the body including the skin, brain, bones, cardiovascular system - and the list is growing as more research emerges!
In addition to one-to-one consultations with those of all ages, including children, I also deliver talks and workshops to various groups including school groups and businesses.
If you are interested in booking a consultation package or wish to discuss how I can help you to resolve your health issues please contact me to arrange a FREE discovery call.
Training, qualifications & experience
I received my Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition Science and Practice from the renowned Northern College of Acupuncture in York - this included many hours of clinical practice.
I am registered with the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), practising within the strict BANT Code of Ethics and Practice.
I am a Sibodoctor Approved Practitioner, having completed the Sibodoctor Mastery Programme.
In addition, I have recently completed the Foundation Training to become a Referral Practitioner for the Chrysalis Effect, an organisation which helps sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, M.E. and Fibromyalgia.
Recent additional CPD training includes
- Masterclass in the microbiome and digestive support (12 hour course)
- Pharmacology and Drug/Nutrient Interactions (12 hours)
- "Cancer - Nutritional support before, during and after treatment and beyond" - 3 day course at Institute of Optimum Nutrition.
- Women's hormonal health (6 hours)
- Gastrointestinal Health - Datis Kharrazian (12 hours)
- Functional Immunology (20 hours)
- Functional Medicine Mentoring Course (20 hours)
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.
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.
Bespoke Health Packages are available. These may include functional testing, where appropriate (although this is optional) and are designed to give the best chance of resolving your health issues.
Please contact me to arrange a FREE Discovery Call to discuss your health concerns and find out how I can help you.
Consultations focus on addressing the root cause of your health issues and not just covering up the symptoms.
During consultations we will:
- Discuss your main health aims
- Discuss your current health concerns and health history
- Consider your dietary intake and lifestyle
- Agree on an action plan that is personalised to meet your needs
- Agree tools and resources to support your aims
In further consultations, we will review progress, make any necessary adjustments to the plan and continue the search for underlying causes.
Consultation fees include research as appropriate, preparation of a personalised action plan and coaching and support between consultations.
I have a "food first" approach. However, there are times when nutritional supplements are helpful/necessary to make progress and recommendations will be made where appropriate.
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 1pm