Miguel Toribio-Mateas BSc (Hons) Nutritional Medicine MSc Clinical Neuroscience
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 the heart of Mayfair (London W1), just round the corner from Bond Street tube station.
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.
An introduction to Miguel's practice, in his own words
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. That is indeed personalisation, but it is not individualisation. True individualisation can only be based on knowing you inside out. Ideally this means that ideally I will need to know some of your basic genetic traits, as well as whether some key genes are manifesting themselves functionally. What does this mean? Well, as an example, you may have a genetic trait that puts you at higher risk of folate (folic acid) deficiency, like a specific variant of a gene called MTHFR that provides instructions for making an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, that determines how much folate you get out of the foods you eat, or indeed out of any supplements you may be taking. If you did have a variant of that gene that is normally associated with having lower folate levels (that is your genetic trait) and these were confirmed by means of a blood or urine test, then we'll know that your potential risk of having low folate has actually materialised in your case, and at that point I'd make an evidence-based decision to include more folate-rich foods in your dietary plan, as well as appropriate food supplements. Having as many pieces of information about you and your uniqueness means that my clinical decisions and recommendations are more likely to provide you with the support you really need. A similar scenario applies to vitamin D, essential for musculoskeletal health, but also for immunity, or for vitamin B12, essential for energy and cognitive function. My 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. The latter are the subject of my doctoral research project.
What can you expect from the process?
The first step is for me to understand your issues, as well as your goals. My approach is "whole-person", so first of all I'd invite you to have a 10-minute conversation on the phone to run through your case. It provides us with an opportunity to check that we can work together and that I can actually help you. If I can't I'll aim to put you in the direction of another suitable healthcare professional. This initial call is free of charge.
Once we've agreed to move forward, I'll email you a link to my comprehensive pre-consultation questionnaire takes a while to fill in and asks question about all of your body systems, as well as about emotional, hormonal and cognitive health. This is an online and questionnaire that you can fill out at your computer or on your iPad / tablet / mobile phone. I recommend you fill this out as soon as possible so that I have it back well in advance of your consultation. By doing that, you enable me start learning 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 present with complexity that usually takes time to unravel and, in my experience, 99% of my clients need a minimum of 3 consultations. You are of course most welcome to book just the one appointment, but I've realised over the years that most people need my support throughout a number of months and, on that basis, I offer a 3-hour consultation pack at a lower cost compared to booking individual sessions, as a sign of my commitment to working with you over a period of time. Please refer to my fee schedule below for further details.
Do you use laboratory testing?
This is a question that I get all the time, and the answer is yes, I do use laboratory testing routinely. This includes a variety of tests, from genetic (DNA) testing (genotyping) to functional testing, i.e. assessment of healthy function by means of blood, urine, saliva and stool analysis. I work with a variety of UK-based, quality assured labs, including the popular "Map My Gut" gut microbiome test. Through years of experience and 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% validated by 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". This means also that the type of tests I am able to run for you are the type that you'll be able to share with your doctor or any other medical professionals co-managing your case, knowing that they'll be able to interpret them easily. As part of my service to you I will liaise with any other healthcare professionals involved in your care and, with your permission, share clinical notes and results with them. It is an essential part of what I do as part of my service to you.
I am also acutely aware of the fact that paying for your healthcare privately comes at a cost, so you can trust that I will recommend only those tests, foods and/or food supplements 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. For example, I will be unable to let you know if you have issues with vitamin D unless I saw a blood test that confirms that is the case. I'd rather rely on a scientifically validated blood test to confirm that is the case, so I can suggest the best way forward based on that evidence.
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, continuing with the vitamin D example, if we check your vitamin D levels as part of a blood test panel and the results came back as low, I’ll be recommending a good quality vitamin D supplement based on my knowledge of its bioavailability, i.e. an easily absorbable form that has a good cost/quality ratio. In some cases I may not recommend any supplements at all if you can get the nutrients you need from food. Without running any functional tests I am likely to work just with food, at least to start with.
Is this what we’ll discuss about during our free 10 minute phone call?
Yes, briefly as the 10 minutes will fly by. I find that having this initial opportunity to go through your concerns and really helps. It allows us to learn about each other’s ways. During our call 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 initial phone call not a consultation, so I will not be able to provide any assessment or recommendations at this time. If I feel that I am not best placed to help, I will say so at this time and point you in the direction of a suitable healthcare professional.
I'd like to go ahead, so what do I do now?
That's great to know. Please call my clinic number 020 7458 4518 to book your free 10-minute call discuss how I may be able to help. I specialise in providing online appointments by Skype / Hangouts / FaceTime for those who don't have access to a local practitioner or those with mobility or other issues that make travel difficult. I find telecare extremely effective and it allows us to make better use of your consultation time. If you'd rather meet in person, limited appointments are available at my Mayfair and London City clinics, 1 minute from Bond Street and 5 mins from Farringdon, respectively.
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.
- Gut / gastrointestinal health, including microbiome assessment and individualised recommendations based on your results.
- Ageing assessment, e.g. glycans / GlycanAge with individualised recommendations to help you stay biologically young.
- Promote skin and hair health, cultivating "beauty from within”, but as part of an all-encompassing, individualised “anti-ageing nutrition” programme.
- My practice welcomes members of the LGBT community.
So if you’re interested in healthy ageing, start from within.
Have you any other questions?
Please call 020 7458 4518 or email now. I’ll be only too happy to help.
Training, qualifications & experience
Nutrition / Health Sciences Qualifications
- BSc (Hons) Nutritional Medicine, University of West London, 2009
- MSc Clinical Neuroscience, University of Roehampton, 2016
- Doctoral Candidate (DProf) Translational Approaches to the treatment of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Institute of Work-Based Learning, Middlesex University
- Fellowship in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine, Metabolic Medicine Institute, 2013
- Board Certification in Anti-Ageing, Regenerative and Functional Medicine, 2013
A bit more about me
I was born in Spain in the 70s and have had a life-long love of cooking and good food. I came to London in 1994 with an Erasmus scholarship to study the 2nd year of my business and languages degree (my first degree) and after a short spell in France, I settled in London where I've been living ever since. 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 early 2000s, whilst I was working in scientific and medical publishing, designing and delivering training courses for medical doctors and scientists around the world. Having been always fascinated by the medicinal power of food and spices, I decided to deepen my knowledge about how to use food therapeutically by completing a BSc Honours at the University of West London, which enabled me to start observing and participating in clinics as a student from 2004. 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. Since graduating in 2009 I’ve completed 1,000s of hours of postgraduate professional development, including extensive training with the Institute for Functional Medicine, a Fellowship in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine with Metabolic Medicine Institute, and have passed Board Certification exams in the US with the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine.
My professional background has also always allowed me to bridge between various disciplines. I’ve worked for some of the world's top scientific, technical and medical research publishing organisations in stakeholder engagement roles which required a multidisciplinary background combining science and business/organisational knowledge, from product development to strategic consulting in education and training. I've also been a Clinical Director at a leading ME clinic, I am Head of Nutrition at an addiction and mental health clinic and have had clinical mentoring and lecturing roles at academic institutions in the UK. I consult for industry and have advisory roles in 2 biotech startups.
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 to keep us looking and feeling our best as we age.
I completed a Masters in Clinical Neuroscience (with distinction) at the University of Roehampton in June 2016, with a first class in my laboratory-based research project, working with nutrients and mitochondria in neural stem cells in a mouse model of brain ageing. Just after completing this project I 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 in practice-based translational approaches to 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, science-based and relevant to your case.
My specialism in brain ageing and how it came about
My approach has always focused on the relationship between the physical body the mind. In 2014 I decided to go back to college to read for a Masters in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Roehampton, which I completed in June 2016 with distinction. My research project was on the effects of antioxidant nutrients on neural stem cells. It was a laboratory-based project that allowed 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 neuroimmunologist Dr Francisco Molina-Holgado. I received a first class award on my thesis entitled “Investigating the Effects of Coenzyme Q10 Plus NADH, Ascorbic Acid and L-Serine on Cellular Metabolism and Mitochondrial Unfolded Protein Response Transcription Factor Activation in Murine Neural Stem Cells.”
My current research on Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
In July 2016 I was awarded a Santander Bank Scholarship by Santander Universities for doctoral research in practice-based learning in clinical settings that deal with individuals suffering from mild cognitive impairment, a prequel to Alzheimer’s disease at the Institute for Work-Based Learning at Middlesex University. My research is multidisciplinary and based on the application of the protocols developed by Professor Dale Bredesen of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging (known as "The Bredesen Protocol") and it integrates translational research on non-pharmacological treatment of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) with bioinformatics and practice-based learning. I hope my research outcomes contribute to the evidence base in the use of nutritional interventions for the treatment of this condition.
My Professional Affiliations
Fellow of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy, BANT
Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Fellow of the Metabolic Medicine Institute.
Registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Member of the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Member of the British Neuroscience Association.
Member of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU).
Other academic qualifications
- BSc Business and Languages, with Erasmus scholarship, 1994 (Spain / UK / France)
- MSc International Business, South Bank University, 1999
- PgDip Environmental Decision Making and Systems Complexity, 2003
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 *
- Diabetes *
- Diarrhoea *
- Digestive problems *
- Eating disorders *
- Eczema *
- Endometriosis *
- Fibromyalgia *
- Food allergy and food intolerance
- Healthy eating
- Healthy hair
- Heart disease *
- High blood pressure *
- High cholesterol *
- Hyperthyroidism *
- Hypothyroidism *
- 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
Consultation fees per hour: £175
Pack of 3 consultations: £450
Call 020 7458 4518 now to book your initial 10-minute phone call, free of charge.
Appointments are available at my Mayfair clinics, 1 minute from Bond Street,
Depending on your circumstances, you may find that a consultation by Skype / Hangouts / FaceTime may suit you better. This could be the case if you don't have access to a local practitioner or if you have mobility or other issues that make travel difficult. I find telecare extremely effective and it allows you to make better use of your consultation time.
Same fees apply for online and 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?
The type of cases I specialise in present with complexity that usually takes time to unravel and, in my experience, 99% of my clients need a minimum of 3 consultations. You are of course most welcome to book just the one appointment, but I've realised over the years that most people need my support throughout a number of months and, on that basis, I offer a 3-hour consultation pack at a lower cost compared to booking individual sessions, as a sign of my commitment to working with you over a period of time.
So how does this work?
The reason why I find telecare an effective option to deliver my service to you is because it makes it easy to chunk down into smaller time units than a visit to one of my London clinics. The idea of the 3-hour consultation pack came out of making my care more accessible to you, but also as a guideline to how consultations are organised. You normally have 1 hour with me as your initial consultation, and then 2 hours are left which are normally your second and third consultations, a month a part. So the pack would take you through 3 months. Now, depending on the severity of your case, I may need to see you for a second time 2 weeks after your initial consultation, and then again 2 weeks later. I only do 1 hour slots at London clinics, and even if I could see you for only 15 minutes, you would still need to spend the time travelling to me. Instead, I find that telecare allows us to chunk down the remaining 2 hours of care into 15 minute units that we can use to touch base and check upon specific issues.
Here's a sample schedule of how you may spend your 3-hour credit with me:
- Day 1. 1 hour - initial consultation.
- Two weeks later - 15-minute Skype to check on your progress. 1 hour 45 mins left.
- Two weeks after that - another 15-minute Skype to check on your progress. 1 hour 30 mins left.
- One month later - 30-minute Skype to check on your progress. 1 hour left.
- One month later - You need me to research something for you. Some complex test results from a consultant whose care you're under and to come up with some recommendations that suit your change in health situation. We agree I'd spend 45 mins doing this and I send you a revised plan.
- Six weeks later - A final 15-minute Skype to go through your progress lately.
- At this time you decide to renew your credit, and get 3 more hours that you start using from the next time we speak, a few weeks later, time to be agreed.
Although this may sound detailed, I am no accountant. Email communication involving quick answers to simple questions, e.g. could I eat more tomatoes, or what do you think of lactose-free milk for my breakfast, will be answered as part of my service. Anything that's likely to take me a long time to research, like test results produced by another healthcare professional, I'll let you know in advance if I can manage to do as part of my service or whether I'll have to use some of your time credit. I'll always be upfront and honest so that this works for both of us. I've been doing this for years and have got many happy clients.
If you chose you absolutely need to see me at one of my London clinics, I am happy to see you there for the initial consultation and then continue with your care online. Or equally, you could have your initial consultation online and come to see me in London later. The only thing to remember with this mixed "online / in person" model is that you can only book me for 1 whole hour in London, whereas online you can have me for a 15-minute slot.
If you're coming to one of my London clinics and decide to bring a companion along, please let me know so that I can ensure there is appropriate seating for them.
Sessions for couples
Want to bring your partner, son or daughter along? That is not a problem. If you both are looking to work with me, you will both need to fill out your own questionnaire and pay your own consultation fees, i.e. you cannot share one person's credit. If your intention is to be at the consultation together, I do a special deal of 1.5 times my fees for 1.5 times my time, i.e. 1 hour for 2 people in the same room / same Skype call would be £225 (instead of £300 for 2 people) and £525 for the pack of 3. If you're looking to book separate sessions, individual fees apply.
Please call for group session fees. 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 you as a person. This includes what’s going on inside you as well as in your immediate environment, your relationships, and your emotional wellbeing. According to your specific needs, I will use an approach that best matches your needs to ensure you get the best possible experience from the process, from our first email or phone call to your very last consultation.
People who are committed to change enthuse me, and our therapeutic relationship is likely to work best for both of us if you're at the point where you really want to make a difference. On the other hand, if you've been told by your best friend that you should come to see me but you're just coming along to "give it a go", not overly interested, I am most likel not be the best person for you. Equally, if you're looking for something extremely specific, such as trying to solve years of chronic illness by focusing on tests that may not be terribly translatable into practical recommendations, I am also unlikely to be the best practitioner for you. Whilst I like to have as much information about you at my disposal before making any clinical decisions that could affect your health, I follow a whole-person approach and, in my experience, sometimes zooming out and reflecting on what other factors may be influencing your health is more useful than zooming into microscopic aspects and thereby losing sight of the bigger picture. Please let me know about your goals and I'll always be honest as to whether I am the best person to help you achieve them.
Nutritional Therapy is a recognised complementary therapy that can be used on its own, or alongside any other therapies. That is why I am equally happy working with your GP or specialist consultant in the ongoing management of your condition as I would be working with or referring you to any other qualified healthcare professional.
All decisions made are participative and informed by evidence obtained from only the most current scientific research. This ensures minimal – if any – adverse drug effects and interactions with existing medication you may be on, and gives you peace of mind if you currently have a chronic condition that you're being treated for. I won't be treating your condition, but working with you as a whole person, thereby helping you achieve overall better health.
Functional Medicine is a term used by The Institute for Functional Medicine, and the term Anti-Ageing and Regenerative Medicine is used in regards to the Board Certification in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine clinical training that Miguel Toribio-Mateas has completed. Nutritional Therapy does not diagnose or treat medical conditions. Please consult your GP/doctor if you have any symptoms which could relate to any condition before making an appointment with Miguel and make sure to let us know so we can liaise with your GP and/or consultant/s.
As a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy, BANT I adhere to the strict code of conduct of the Association, which is that of the CNHC. The aim of Miguel’s practice 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 and I run a LGBT-friendly practice.
Type of session
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|Other languages:||Spanish, French, Italian|
Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm. Limited online slots for Skype / online consultations only. Please call 020 7458 4518 to enquire and to book.