Melanie Ryan Nutritional Therapist, DipION mBANT rCNHC

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Melanie Ryan

Melanie trained as a nutritional therapist at the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London, graduating in 2009. She specialises in the management of stress and anxiety, weight management and hormone health.


Life is full of challenges, and it is all too easy to believe that we are at the constant mercy of age, hormones and stress.  However, with the tailored nutritional expertise and supportive guidance Melanie provides, you can successfully regain control of your health and vitality. 

Originally from Germany, Melanie is a Registered Nutritional Therapist who has lived and worked in the UK for over sixteen years.  She is a member of the renowned British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), and is also registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. 

Many people initially consult Melanie because they want to lose weight, yet the benefits they report go far beyond simply losing that extra roll of fat.  From your very first informative session with her, you will be amazed at how much more energetic you begin to feel!  With improved sleep, you can also benefit from a clearer mind and an increased tolerance of stress, free from constipation and uncomfortable bloating. 

Don’t wait any longer to begin your own journey to improved health and vitality.  Simply contact Melanie at The Body Matters.


Q&A with Melanie Ryan

What are your qualifications? 

I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist. I graduated from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) in London in 2009, am a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and registered with the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council (CNHC).

Why do people come to you?

Most people who look up a nutritional therapist come because they are experiencing digestive discomfort or even severe digestive symptoms. A common complaint is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Many clients also contact me for food intolerance testing, because they suspect that certain foods do not agree with them, or because they are looking for help with weight loss.

Do you have any specialisms? 

I specialise in stress related conditions, which can express themselves in different ways, from adrenal fatigue and exhaustion to heart disease, diabetes and depression. I also run zest4life weight loss groups and 1:1 zest4life programmes.

What are the typical complaints you can help with?

Typical complaints are digestive issues, because they are so obviously diet or food related, but nutritional therapy can help manage and relieve many chronic conditions, even those that do not seem to be diet related, such as arthritis or hormone imbalances.

What complaints can you help with that many people find surprising?

The most surprising complaints nutritional therapy can help with are probably mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. The gut-brain-axis connects the digestive system and the brain, and the gut is sometimes even referred to as 'the second brain'. 80% of our serotonin - the 'feelgood hormone' - is made in the gut. Investigating and dealing with imbalances in the digestive system can therefore have a tremendous impact on mental health.

Can you tell us a surprising fact about nutrition? 

Many! The one that is probably the most talked about at the moment is that low-fat diets, which we have been advised to follow for the last 60 years and which are inevitably high in carbohydrates and sugar - are to blame for the obesity epidemic and a whole host of serious chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome.

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