Helping you optimise on your digestive health
Our vision is focussed on supporting you achieve a swift, accurate diagnosis when you experience digestive problems and assist you effectively manage your symptoms.
World Microbiome Day
World Microbiome Day celebrates all things microbe, all around the world.
Microorganisms (e.g. bacteria, fungi, viruses, archaea, etc) can be found everywhere in and on plants, animals, water, soil, food and humans.
Within each of those habitats, microorganisms live together in communities called microbiomes. Microbiomes have an effect on (amongst others) human health; therefore, scientists are exploring how these communities of organisms co-exist with each other, with us and our environment.
The theme for World Microbiome Day 2021 which took place on 27th June is Sustainability with a focus on how microbes can contribute to a sustainable future. Despite their ubiquity and diversity, the importance of microbes for maintaining healthy global ecosystems is often overlooked. Microbes already have a tremendous effect on the health and balance of the environments we live in.
Do enjoy the their video and please visit their website for a lot more information on this subject.
Use of the video has been kindly permitted by the Microbiome Support Project who produced it.
Sian has recently been working a Healthcare Ambassador in association with Symprove a high dose water based food supplement and recently had an article on The Gut Microbiome and Healthy ageing published on their professional website. An extract from this is published below with kind permission of the company. Please visit Symprove website to access the full text:
‘Ageing is determined by complex interactions between genetic and environmental factors. Research to date suggests that alterations to the gut microbiome may lie at the core of many age-associated changes, including immune system dysregulation, metabolic alterations, and susceptibility to disease, for example cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and type II diabetes1,2,3, although it remains unclear whether these alterations are a cause or consequence of ageing.‘
The gut microbiome across the lifespan
With life expectancy in the UK doubling over the last 200 years, the importance of gut health and its influence on ageing should not be underestimated. Recent evidence suggests that the gut microbiome starts to develop in utero, and is shaped by many factors including; mode of birth delivery (vaginally born or C-section), feeding (breastfed or formula fed), and exposure to medications (e.g. antibiotics). After birth, there is a critical window in the first 1000 days of life4, which provides a pivotal opportunity for modulating the gut microbiome, a highly dynamic metabolically active ecosystem which is sensitive to environmental factors, to promote healthy growth and development throughout the lifespan. The gut microbiome continues to evolve and is thought to resemble an adult-like structure by the age of three years old. Notably, it is considered to have a high level of plasticity and can be manipulated depending on what it is exposed to throughout the lifespan (e.g. diet, physical activity, sleep, stress)’’…
Welcome to Be good to your gut !
Meet Sian and Andrew !
Our partnership of a leading gastroenterologist and hepatologist, with a specialist dietician will help to ensure that you are provided with the best holistic information on your condition. We recognise that food can have a very positive, but equally a negative impact on our health and particularly your digestive well being.
Sian is a Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian who has combined 25 years experience within the NHS with 15 years within the private sector. She has worked at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and most recently The Whittington Hospital and The Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust based currently at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals.
A consultation will involve a careful history and examination and then a discussion about the need for investigations, which if needed, will be carried out promptly. Andrew will undertake a careful diagnostic assessment using the latest technologies, incorporating endoscopic procedures such as gastroscopy, colonoscopy, video capsule endoscopy, in association with evidence based treatments for a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions. In addition other tests such as breath testing, physiological analysis and stool tests are available. Andrew works closely with expert radiologists to carry out ultrasound, MRI and CT scanning if needed.
Patient comfort during endoscopic procedures is of utmost importance. Most endoscopic procedures can be carried out with light or even no sedation. Sedation is very much the patients choice and when there is a request to be completely asleep Andrew will ask an expert anaesthetist to provide deep sedation or a general anaesthetic as needed.
Common gastroenterology problems managed:
Abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation
Indigestion and acid reflux
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Food intolerance and allergy
Our core Values
Use scientific evidence
To use current robust scientific evidence when carrying out assessments and making recommendations.
To signpost you towards helpful websites and access other resources such as recipes and constructive media blogs.
To support you
To support you to enjoy your food, optimise on your digestion and use 'Food as Medicine' wherever possible.
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I was initially referred to Mrs Shepherd following a diagnosis of IBS in 2012. At that time she introduced me to a low fermentable carbohydrate (FODMAP) diet which was a complete revelation. Within a three month period, I noticed a significant improvement in all of my symptoms and, with Mrs Shepherd’s professional expertise and guidance, […]
Sian was my saviour through my treatment. She instilled so much confidence in me that I followed her advice on foods I could and could not eat. She is a professional and knowledgeable in her trade, her service was impeccable. I had regular consultations with Sian who also worked closely with Dr Karp, my oncologist. We were overwhelmed that my bloods were good, including my iron levels and blood cells. This was due to changes in my diet.
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It was lovely to meet you today. I was so excited for your information that I instantly installed the ap. You have given me great hope and I feel it will work. You have such a wonderful way of doing your job and sympathising with what I am going through. Having met many doctors with my symptoms, I feel there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. I am just grateful Dr Miller recommended you.
I visited Sian after being recommended by a gastroenterology consultant I have a non alcohol fatty liver. After my first session with Sian she introduced the idea that the cause may be that I binge eat. Having the open, honest and calming conversation with Sian really opened my eyes to my eating habits. She recommended a programme for me to improve my liver health and I now feel so much better. Thank you Sian for your coaching.
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