Miguel Toribio-Mateas is an expert nutrition practitioner and clinical neuroscientist with a functional medicine approach, specialising in nutritional support for healthy brain ageing and cognitive enhancement.
Clinics in Mayfair (London W1) and online (telecare).
”The foods you eat have a profound effect upon your health, mood and energy levels. And because you are unique, other factors such as your lifestyle, your environment and your emotions, as well as the web-like interconnections between them, also contribute to your uniqueness. By means of a thorough health assessment, Miguel aims to find out what underlying imbalances may be contributing to your health concerns. Taking into account the specifics about your biochemistry, cognitive power, as well as your likes and dislikes, Miguel will provide you with an individualised nutritional programme that’s designed just for you so that it works by ticking the right boxes at biochemical level whilst fitting “just right” into your lifestyle."
Personalised vs individualised nutrition
The same latest fad diet will make some people thrive and others feel miserable. That’s why I believe all nutritional advice should be not just personalised, alas anyone can personalise a handout by adding a handful of nuts a day or by removing bread or cheese. That is indeed personalisation, but it is not individualisation. True individualisation can only be based on knowing you inside out. Ideally this means that ideally I will need to know some of your basic genetic traits, as well as whether some key genes are manifesting themselves functionally. What does this mean? Well, as an example, you may have a genetic trait that puts you at higher risk of folate (folic acid) deficiency, like a specific variant of a gene called MTHFR that provides instructions for making an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, that determines how much folate you get out of the foods you eat, or indeed out of any supplements you may be taking. If you did have a variant of that gene that is normally associated with having lower folate levels (that is your genetic trait) and these were confirmed by means of a blood or urine test, then we'll know that your potential risk of having low folate has actually materialised in your case, and at that point I'd make an evidence-based decision to include more folate-rich foods in your dietary plan, as well as appropriate food supplements. Having as many pieces of information about you and your uniqueness means that my clinical decisions and recommendations are more likely to provide you with the support you really need. A similar scenario applies to vitamin D, essential for musculoskeletal health, but also for immunity, or for vitamin B12, essential for energy and cognitive function. My approach combines nutritional and lifestyle advice to support your health through life ups and downs. Having completed substantial professional and academic training in the application of ageing science and clinical neuroscience, I specialise in providing nutritional support for healthy ageing, and particularly for brain ageing and cognitive enhancement. The latter are the subject of my doctoral research project.
"My goal is to provide you with honest, science-based advice to allow for the unique expression of your health and vitality as an individual."
The first step is for me to understand your issues, as well as your goals. My approach is "whole-person", so first of all I'd invite you to have a 10-minute conversation on the phone to run through your case. It provides us with an opportunity to check that we can work together and that I can actually help you. If I can't I'll aim to put you in the direction of another suitable healthcare professional. This initial call is free of charge.
Once we've agreed to move forward, I'll email you a link to my comprehensive pre-consultation questionnaire takes a while to fill in and asks question about all of your body systems, as well as about emotional, hormonal and cognitive health. This is an online and questionnaire that you can fill out at your computer or on your iPad / tablet / mobile phone. I recommend you fill this out as soon as possible so that I have it back well in advance of your consultation. By doing that, you enable me start learning about your health history to date, so that we can focus on the root causes of any imbalances you may be suffering from rather than on merely relieving the symptoms. As a practitioner trained in a functional medicine model my aim is to support you as an individual, providing you with a tailor-made nutritional recommendations that can really make a difference.
The type of cases I specialise in present with complexity that usually takes time to unravel and, in my experience, 99% of my clients need a minimum of 3 consultations. You are of course most welcome to book just the one appointment, but I've realised over the years that most people need my support throughout a number of months and, on that basis, I offer a 3-hour consultation pack at a lower cost compared to booking individual sessions, as a sign of my commitment to working with you over a period of time. Please refer to my fee schedule below for further details.
This is a question that I get all the time, and the answer is yes, I do use laboratory testing routinely. This includes a variety of tests, from genetic (DNA) testing (genotyping) to functional testing, i.e. assessment of healthy function by means of blood, urine, saliva and stool analysis. I work with a variety of UK-based, quality assured labs, including the popular "Map My Gut" gut microbiome test. Through years of experience and thousands of clinical hours and professional training, I have developed a deep understanding of what tests are useful and which ones are not. I only use tests that are 100% validated by scientific evidence and that provide translatable results, i.e. results that can be translated into actionable recommendations with measurable effects. This means that in my clinical practice I categorically do not recommend any test that is just a “nice to have” but that is purely academic in value. As just one example, I work daily with an established pathology lab used by the NHS and all of London’s private GPs and consultants, so you can trust they are in no way "alternative". This means also that the type of tests I am able to run for you are the type that you'll be able to share with your doctor or any other medical professionals co-managing your case, knowing that they'll be able to interpret them easily. As part of my service to you I will liaise with any other healthcare professionals involved in your care and, with your permission, share clinical notes and results with them. It is an essential part of what I do as part of my service to you.
I am also acutely aware of the fact that paying for your healthcare privately comes at a cost, so you can trust that I will recommend only those tests, foods and/or food supplements that are needed for your case, nothing more, nothing less. Whilst mindful of costs, I dislike cutting corners and I will be absolutely honest about all potential scenarios from the outset. This means that I am sometimes likely to insist on running a test if there is no other way for me to be certain of what imbalances may be contributing to your current health concerns. For example, I will be unable to let you know if you have issues with vitamin D unless I saw a blood test that confirms that is the case. I'd rather rely on a scientifically validated blood test to confirm that is the case, so I can suggest the best way forward based on that evidence.
Yes. This is a quick opportunity to discuss your goals. I find that having this initial opportunity to go through your concerns really helps. It allows us to learn about each other’s ways and expectations of the process. During our call I will be able to give you a broad idea of how I envisage I could help you manage your issues, and you also get the chance to see if my suggested process will work for you.
Please note that is initial phone call not a consultation, so I will not be able to provide any assessment or recommendations at this time. If I feel that I am not best placed to help, I will say so at this time and point you in the direction of a suitable healthcare professional.
That's great to know. Please call my clinic number 020 7458 4518 to book your free 10-minute call discuss how I may be able able to help. I specialise in providing online appointments by Skype / Hangouts / FaceTime for those who don't have access to a local practitioner or those with mobility or other issues that make travel difficult. I find telecare extremely effective and it allows us to make better use of your consultation time. If you'd rather meet in person, limited appointments are available at my Mayfair and London City clinics, 1 minute from Bond Street and 5 mins from Farringdon, respectively.
Get in touch now, read my blogs or visit my website https://miguelmateas.com. I look forward to working with you.
My practice welcomes members of the LGBT community.
BSc (Hons) Nutritional Medicine, University of West London 2009
PgDip Systems Complexity / Environmental Decision Making, Open University 2003
MSc Clinical Neuroscience, University of Roehampton 2016
DProf (Professional Doctorate) Nutritional Management of Mild Cognitive Impairment (Candidate). Expected graduation 2019).
Fellow of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy, BANT
Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Fellow of the Metabolic Medicine Institute.
Registered with the Nutritional Therapy Council with Certificate of Proficiency (dated 2009)
Registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Member of the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Member of the British Neuroscience Association.
Member of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU).