Building and supporting vibrant health with functional medicine, science-based nutritional therapy & therapeutic lifestyle change.
Building and supporting vibrant health with functional medicine, science-based nutritional therapy & therapeutic lifestyle change. 

I'm a registered Nutritional Therapist & a Functional Medicine practitioner - Dip. CNM; Dip.FMU; mBANT; mCNCH

My story...

 

I followed irresponsible diets out of sheer ignorance for more than the first 30 years of my life. For 20 years I refused to eat animal protein! Then for 10 years I avoided all fats!

 

The results of my lack of information regarding diets & health lead to a painful outcome -  given that I was severely malnourished, as soon as I went into labour with my first and only baby, my uterus never dilated in spite of three injections over the course of three days of a potent uterine relaxant!

On top of that, I was found to be severely anemic before giving birth to my son! Once my son was delivered -in a traumatic experience of three days with horrific contractions and a last-minute-Cesarian that traumatised me emotionally- , my anemia lead to intense fatigue, very stubborn insomnia, and a rapid deterioration of my overall health.

 

How ironic that during these crucial times when I needed to be at the peak of my performance as a new mom, I  found myself at the lowest of my vitality & overall wellness!

 

My story of fatigue began like this: after giving birth to my son. It started with that anemia, then with no sleep; breastfeeding at night; and not being able to rest at any time of the day and night. Due to ignorance and absence of professional support, I didn't eat healthy foods that can support sleep and energy production... and so in a matter of three years I simply broke down, litterally, victim of  severe burnout, malnutrition, and general deterioriation of my health that ended being life-threating to me.

 

During my years of severe burnout or adrenal fatigue I can tell you that I was a living ghost, unrecognizable as you would see me today. I was pale, had dark circles under my eyes, had constantly sweaty hands, strong heart palpitations, could barely open my eyes to see around  me, found it difficult to breathe, and felt miserably sad and depressed constantly. I also put on a lot of weight and my sleep got worse and worse to the point where I spent a full year "sleeping" only around 5 to 20 minutes per night! 

 

I don't know how I survided that ordeal! 

My angels were there for sure!

 

It was then by another divine intervention that I came across a holistic doctor for the first time who explained to me the reason of my health issues and put me on a healing treatment with foods and supplements that litterally brought me back from the dead!

 

In a matter of weeks I started seeing good improvement.

In a matter of months I was feeling normal again.

In a matter of a short time in comparison to other conventional treatments that I had tried before, I got my life and my health back!

By changing my diet I healed from hypoglycemia and insuline resistance in about 3 months only.

By eating animal protein and taking minerals and essential fats I restored healthy sleep and proper rest. 

By removing gluten from my diet I lost the extra weight and felt energized and revitalised like in my childhood years.

 

In conclusion: from the doors of the underworld, the healing power of nature got me back on my feet again and strengthened my entire system giving me enough vitality to start working out daily at my gym, smiling, laughing, styudying, working like before... and mainly... fully enjoying my family and my gorgeous baby who needed me healthy!

 

I was sicker than you can imagine back then. No chemical drug was ever capable of creating any profound or lasting change in my health (the Gp's that I consulted insisted on putting me on anti-depressants but I always knew that was not the answer!). Only nutritional therapy and a holistic approach were successful in giving me my life back and I'm eternally grateful to this intelligent approach for this wonderful miracle it worked of literally giving me my life back!

 

Today, I have become a practitioner of this potent natural medicine myself and my mission is to help you, just like I was helped by others in the past, to successfully recover your stamina and vibrancy of your younger years with the  the best of Western science & Easter medicines together.

My statement...

 

I'm aware of the increase in complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, sleep problems, hypertension, mental illness, autoimmune disorders, obesity, cancer, etc. My training as a nutritional therapist, a functional medicine practitioner, and a yoga instructor has taught me to focus on identifying the underlying causes of disease and to look for interactions between environmental, nutritional, genetic, and lifestyle factors.

My approach is 100% holistic and personalised - I seek to promote health & vitality in each one of my clients by integrating the best of functional diagnostic tools with prevention through combinations of botanical agents, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification, exercise, and stress management,

rather than concentrating my efforts on just symptom relief.

British Association for Nutrition & Applied Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy 

I'm a nutritional therapist with a three-year diploma from The London College of Naturopathic Medicine  (CNM). I'm also a functional medicine practitioner, trained with The University of Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is -as described by the Institute For Functional Medicine- "a dynamic approach to assessing, preventing, and treating complex chronic disease. Functional medicine acknowledges  that chronic disease is almost always preceded by a lengthy period of declining function in one or more of the body's systems. Returning patients to health requires reversing (or substantially improving) the specific dysfunctions that have contributed to the disease state. Those dysfunctions are, for each of us, the result of lifelong interactions among our environment, our lifestyle, and our genetic predispositions. 

Functional medicine practitioners reason that extensive scientific evidence strongly indicates that impaired physiological processes, if not corrected, lead to significant clinical imbalances in essential body systems.

Functional medicine clinicians focus on restoring balance to the dysfunctional systems by strengthening the fundamental physiological processes that underlie them, and by adjusting the environmental inputs that nurture or impair them.”

Functional Diagnostic Lab Tests

Each client that I meet is genetically unique and has unique predispositions to biochemical imbalances (or what conventional medicine calls "diseases"). However, although we may well present "predispositions" to these imbalances,  a new standard of care that is based on recent molecular research & epigenetics recognizes the undeniable fact that environmental and nutritional factors interact with our genes to produce either optimum health or illness.  

As a nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner, I use laboratory evaluations that help me understand the etiology of my clients' health problems thanks to a detailed lab analysis of their unique biochemical, toxicological and nutritional status, at any given time.

These evaluations not only explore underlying biochemical glitches contributing to illness and disease in an individual, but also they offer the option to be undertaken by healthy people wishing to identify correctable abnormalities in their systems, that if left alone otherwise, could create health problems in the future. 

I work in close collaboration with some of the best laboratories in the UK offering a wide range of advanced, cutting-edge functional diagnostic tests, genomic tests, and biochemical reports

Please click the button below to see the list of laboratory tests that I can order for you once we have discussed your individual case during your first consultation.

Functional Medicine

I'm a nutritional therapist with a three-year diploma from The London College of Naturopathic Medicine  (CNM). I'm also a functional medicine practitioner, trained with The University of Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is -as described by the Institute For Functional Medicine- "a dynamic approach to assessing, preventing, and treating complex chronic disease. Functional medicine acknowledges  that chronic disease is almost always preceded by a lengthy period of declining function in one or more of the body's systems. Returning patients to health requires reversing (or substantially improving) the specific dysfunctions that have contributed to the disease state. Those dysfunctions are, for each of us, the result of lifelong interactions among our environment, our lifestyle, and our genetic predispositions. 

Functional medicine practitioners reason that extensive scientific evidence strongly indicates that impaired physiological processes, if not corrected, lead to significant clinical imbalances in essential body systems.

Functional medicine clinicians focus on restoring balance to the dysfunctional systems by strengthening the fundamental physiological processes that underlie them, and by adjusting the environmental inputs that nurture or impair them.”

Your health is your most precious treasure. Without it, it's difficult to sail with ease & confidence through the many challenges and the many joys of life.

Ageing is no longer a valid excuse for us to allow our precious body to weaken and deteriorate with time; neither are most medical diagnosis of degenerative disease or the so-called "inherited" disorders.

It is possible to reach optimal health -at least a state of optimal health that suits you personally and that you have not experienced before or at least not in many years since you developed your illness- , and to feel & look vibrant and radiant at all ages!

If you have tried other medical routes already to address your health issues with rather disappointing results, the option of functional medicine is now available to you and I am here to guide you through this exciting journey back to the best version of you again.

 

Are you ready...? If yes, get in touch for an initial chat.

 

In optimum health,

 

Tatiana Mercier

Be part of the functional medicine revolution!

If you believe that nature is more powerful than anything and are interested in trying innovative and scientific -yet holistic- ways to improve your health, please get in touch! I'll be delighted to help you!

"Meta-analyses showed that flavonoids have a promising role in improving visual function in patients with glaucoma and ocular hypertension (OHT), and appear to play a part in both improving and slowing the progression of visual field loss".

 

-Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2015 Sep 4. Epub 2015 Sep 4. PMID: 26340868

"Animal studies show that holy basil helps the body maintain homeostasis of the stress hormone cortisol.1 It rebalances mood-associated neurotransmitters in the brain—specifically ones that can produce feelings of hopelessness, which is a key component of stress-induced depression."2

1- Phytother Res. 2016;30(5):805-14

2-Indian J Med Res. 2012;135(4):548-54

 

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"EGCG (from green tea extract) regulates genes involved in fat oxidation and storage, as well as genes involved in insulin signaling and glucose metabolism."

-Planta Med. 2004 Nov;70(11)

 

"Effect of unsaponifiable extracts of avocado and soybean (Piasclédine) on the collagenolytic action of cultures of human rheumatoid synoviocytes and rabbit articular chondrocytes treated with interleukin-1."

- Rev Rhum Mal Osteoartic. 1991 Apr;58(4):241-5. PMID: 1647544

"This meta-analysis showed a significant effect of supplementation with Spirulina in reducing plasma concentrations of total cholesterol, LDL-C, triglycerides and elevating those of HDL-C."

- Clin Nutr. 2015 Sep 25. Epub 2015 Sep 25. PMID: 26433766

"Supplementation with olive leaf polyphenols for 12 weeks significantly improved insulin sensitivity and pancreaticβ-cell secretory capacity in overweight middle-aged men at risk of developing the metabolic syndrome."

- Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. Dec 31, 2012

 

"A coconut extra virgin oil-rich diet increases HDL cholesterol and decreases waist circumference and body mass in coronary artery disease patients."

- Nutr Hosp. 2015 ;32(5):2144-52. Epub 2015 Nov 1. PMID: 26545671

"Lycopene, the predominant carotenoid in tomatoes and tomato-based foods, is reported to protect against various cancers, especially prostate cancer. 

Cell growth was inhibited 20% at 0.2 microM lycopene and 40% at 50 microM lycopene after a 24-hr incubation. In the Comet assay, lycopene-treated cells showed less DNA damage than did placebo-treated cells. The inhibition of Hep3B cell growth in this study demonstrates the antitumor properties of lycopene."

- Biofactors. 2005 ;23(3):129-39. PMID: 16410635

"Accumulating evidence indicates that abdominal adiposity is positively related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and some other diseases independently of overall adiposity. However, the association of premature death resulting from these diseases with abdominal adiposity has not been widely studied, and findings are inconsistent. In a prospective cohort study of 44,636 women in the Nurses' Health Study, associations of abdominal adiposity with all-cause and cause-specific mortality were examined. During 16 years of follow-up, 3507 deaths were identified, including 751 cardiovascular deaths and 1748 cancer deaths. After adjustment for body mass index and potential confounders, the relative risks across the lowest to the highest waist circumference quintiles were 1.00, 1.11, 1.17, 1.31, and 1.79 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.47 to 1.98) for all-cause mortality; 1.00, 1.04, 1.04, 1.28, and 1.99 (95% CI, 1.44 to 2.73) for CVD mortality; and 1.00, 1.18, 1.20, 1.34, and 1.63 (95% CI, 1.32 to 2.01) for cancer mortality (all P<0.001 for trend). Among normal-weight women (body mass index, 18.5 to<25 kg/m(2)), abdominal obesity was significantly associated with elevated CVD mortality: Relative risk associated with waist circumference>or = 88 cm was 3.02 (95% CI, 1.31 to 6.99) and for waist-to-hip ratio>0.88 was 3.45 (95% CI, 2.02 to 6.92). After adjustment for waist circumference, hip circumference was significantly and inversely associated with CVD mortality."

-Circulation. 2008 Apr 1;117(13):1658-67. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.107.739714. Epub 2008 Mar 24.

"Major changes in self-reported eating behaviors included eating only when experiencing true physiological hunger and stopping when sensing a feeling of fullness. Self-efficacy for these behaviors was reported to be enhanced by observing weight loss for themselves or others. Support from other group members, the simplicity of the program, and spiritual benefits through prayer and scripture reading were also reported to enhance confidence. Women indicated that they relied on an internal locus of control based on a sense of self-discipline.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Traditional means to enhance self-efficacy were important for all women; however, for some women, spirituality was also an important aspect of adhering to program principles."

- J Nutr Educ Behav. 2004 Jan-Feb;36(1):13-5.

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