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helen auburn Dip ION mBANT NTCC CNHC RNT functional medicine, registered nutritional therapist Nutritional Therapy for Swindon, Newbury, Gloucester & Oxford

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What is the functional medicine, nutritional therapy protocol?

The functional medicine, nutritional therapy protocol, is the use of whole foods, as medicine, rather than just fuel for the body.

Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine is a science-based, holistic, patient-centred approach to assessment, prevention and treatment of complex health problems and chronic disease. It aims to identify biochemical and physiological imbalances, which cause health problems in the individual and address these principally through nutrition and lifestyle management. Therefore, by treating the cause of the problem, which will then eliminate the symptoms.

The importance of dietary and environmental factors, and their impact on health and disease, the balancing, healing, and therapeutic effects of food and nutrients, are based on the principles of Functional Medicine:

  • Evidence-based
  • Safety
  • Effectivness - supports the natural healing process
  • Focus on wellness & prevention

Many medical practitioners today, are aware of how important specific nutritional advice is, & are referring their patients to qualified Functional Medicine, Registered Nutritional Therapists.

Find out more about my Nutrition Packages:


Child Nutrition Package
Includes 3 consultations & 3 months support
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Adult (18+) Nutrition Package
Includes 4 consultations & 6 months support
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Sports Nutrition Package
Includes 4 consultations & 8 months support
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Couples Nutrition Package
Includes 4 consultations & six months support
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Individual 4 Step Protocol for All Packages

first consultation
We complete the ION Nutritional Therapy Questionnaire together. We will then discuss your health concerns, focusing on the underlying causes. I may request laboratory tests to be done by a hospital.

second consultation
After discussing the best course of action, I will create for you a specific and individual food plan, food supplemental additions and lifestyle protocol, including general fitness advice and relaxation techniques, that will help your body to achieve balance [homeostasis] of energy output, recovery, rest and relaxation that is best suited to your individual needs. Six, or eight months support, commences. This means weekly progress updates & asking any questions you may have via text, WhatsApp, E-mail, or phone.

third consultation
Progress, queries, dietary adjustments & checking that you're on track. Weekly progress updates & asking any questions continue, until the fourth consultation.

fourth consultation
Six month review, where we complete the ION questionnaire again, to check progress & make any necessary, dietary adjustments.

Age 17 & under, must be accompanied by an adult. We complete the specially designed ION Nutrition Questionnaire either for Adolescents, or Children, together. A second consultation to discuss the best course of action (similar to adult). Three months support (similar to adult) commences, with a review at the end, where we make any dietary adjustments.

“Helen is a genuinely concerned and knowledgeable practitioner. You get great value for money. she told me that I would have all the protocols I needed, within the space of two sessions, and I got exactly that. My worst health complaints cleared up with the foods & supplements she recommended. So if possible, follow the protocol faithfully, to get best results. I honestly believe she's done a lot more to help me, than the NHS gastroenterology department ever did!”

David Truran, Marlborough

Coaching & Payment methods

The care and safety of all individuals seeking my care remains paramount. We will be in regular contact either by phone, email, WhatsApp, text or Skype, depending on your preference, after the second consultation. We will discuss any queries you may have. I will coach you to become in control of your health. Quite often, once you are feeling better, that in itself is enough to keep you motivated.

I will recommend specific supplements to aid recovery and achieve optimum health.

Consultation Payment

Payment can be paid either in full, at the first consultation, or in two instalments, at the first & second consultations, by cash, Paym [mobile] cheque, or *bank transfer. Please note:Bank transfer MUST be paid prior to consultation. Please contact me for bank details.
IMPORTANT: I don’t accept card payments.

These are excellent & cost effective, nutritional packages, offering continual support & advice, for the following months ahead, My clients have found this approach, far outweighs, short-term protocols. Being fully supported, means you’re more able to achieve, & more importantly, maintain your long-term goals.

I'm registered with CNHC, so please contact your Private Healthcare Provider, as they may reimburse your cost of treatment.

Sports Nutrition

I have worked with several sport-orientated clients. Children, as well as adults, have found my advice invaluable. Disciplines I've given specific advice for so far:

  • Wheelchair Tennis
  • Judo
  • Body Building
  • Triathlons
  • Duathlons
  • Swimming

  • Football
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Dancing

Even if your discipline isn't on the list, my advice may help you to achieve your Optimum Performance Level.

I ensure that my knowledge is up-to-date and meet Continuing Professional Development [CPD] requirements. As a full member of The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy [BANT], I am bound by the strict BANT code of ethics and practice. www.bant.org.uk.

To understand the differences between a dietitian and a nutritional therapist, please visit the BANT website.

“I consulted Helen regarding some problems I was having with my digestion. She gave me a very thorough consultation, and outlined various strategies to help deal with my problems. She gave excellent backup, beyond the initial consultation, and nearly 4 years later my digestion is still excellent!”

James, Swindon

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