Diseases of lifestyle continue to dominate the western world. Learning new habits and knowing how and what to change requires considerable motivation and support. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond in trying to help our patients achieve their targets.
Introducing Charlotte Meschede
Charlotte Meschede, who has a B.Sc. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and postgraduate diplomas in Hospital Dietetics, Herbal Medicine and Diabetes Management, runs our nutrition centre.
Charlotte brings 37 years of experience in the field of nutrition into our practice. Her special interests include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal diseases, sports nutrition and women’s health, including menopause.
Her vast experience enables her to give you the best possible solution to your dietary dilemmas. She strives to embrace the most current research, enabling her to provide the best possible solution to your nutritional management.
Charlotte maintains that there is no such thing as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ diet and emphasizes the necessity of finding a personalized eating plan that will suit your specific DNA profile, lifestyle, budget and physical abilities. Moral support is crucial when trying to make such fundamental changes and her holistic approach will nurture you until your individual goals are achieved.
Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation
Vitamin and mineral supplementation has become a massive industry and many patients haphazardly buy over-the-counter (OTC) vitamins, minerals and herbal preparations.
A major part of consultations with Charlotte is discussing suitable, if any, necessary supplementation and a regime that does not interfere with current chronic medications.
The Risks of OTC Drugs
Unfortunately, much damage can be done by this drive to self-medicate, often leading to toxic excesses and nutrient imbalances. Simply being of natural origin does not mean a product is harmless (cannabis as an example).
Many OTC products do not contain the active ingredient in sufficient quantities to have any therapeutic value and there are no standards set to give the layman access to this information.
Taking supplements during chemotherapy, for example, is highly controversial and most patients fail to tell their doctors what other weird and wonderful potions they are consuming in the hope of achieving that miracle cure.
Exercise is a vital part of disease prevention and should be incorporated in your daily activities and diet regime