Karin is passionate about the importance of natural healthy foods and supporting others experience the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle. She provides one-to-one nutritional thereapy consultations and delivers seminars and workshops to groups.
Karin has been practising since 2004 and has a particular interest in the following areas:
- Women’s health and fertility
- Promoting wellbeing within the pressures of a modern lifestyle
- Body composition and weight management needs
Nutritional therapy for optimum health
Optimum health is more than just the absence of disease or ill health. It is a state of profound wellbeing, physical, mental and emotional. In order for our bodies and minds to function optimally we have to provide them with the correct nutrients. Most of us realise that a “good diet” is important for our sense of health. But what is a “good diet”? There is a lot of conflicting information and sometimes it seems to change from day to day.
We all have individual requirements, based on our genetic make-up, our environment and our lifestyles. The nutritional therapist works closely with the individual, to establish these requirements, and to identify and correct biochemical imbalances in our bodies which may lead to ill health. A personal tailor-made programme is devised.
The concept of optimum nutrition and the importance of nutrition for good health is not new. As early as AD390 Hippocrates said:
"Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food."
Training, qualifications & experience
Karin Elgar (Nutritional Therapist)
PhD, Dip ION, mBANT, NTCC, CNHC registered
Karin has been practicing as a nutritional therapist since graduating in 2004 from the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition, London. Prior to becoming a nutritional therapist she completed a Master’s Degree in Biology, a PhD in Physiology and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years.
Karin specialises in women’s health and fertility, and works alongside Mr Nardo, consultant gynaecologist and specialist in reproductive medicine, and his team at the Reproductive Health Group.
Karin is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) where she is currently regional coordinator, after having served on the Professional Practice (formerly Ethics) Committee for several years. She is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the voluntary regulatory body for complementary therapists which is endorsed by the Department of Health. She is also a Senior Associate of the Royal Society for Medicine.
In addition to seeing individual clients Karin delivers talks and workshops on healthy eating and more specific nutrition related topics.
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.
£200 for a package of
- 1x initial consultation (75-90 min)
- 1x follow-up consultation (30-60 min)
- written summary report and support via e-mail/telephone between consultations.
If further follow-up consultations are needed these are charged at £80.
If I recommend supplements the cost of these is not included in the consultation price but I do provide these at cost price and unlike many practitioners do not take any commissions.
I currently hold clinics in my office in Stalybridge, Cheshire, and the Body & Mind Therapy Centre, Mossley, Lancashire.
I offer daytime and evening as well as Saturday appointments.
Telephone follow-up consultations can be arranged where necessary (for example due to distance) but the initial consultation should be face-to-face.
For more information see www.karinelgar.com
My special interest areas are women's health, autoimmune and gut issues.