Nutrition

Zoi Maraki

When it comes to improving fertility, optimal nutrition holds a central role. Even though everyone, at any age, needs good nutrition to function properly, a lack of basic nutrients is particularly detrimental to successful outcome in conception and pregnancy. A frequent problem encountered by many couples trying to conceive is the extent of nutritional information that exists, which can be contradictory and confusing. Through enquiry into diet and lifestyle, my aim is to provide sound, evidence-based advice regarding nutritional requirements and to empower individuals to take control of their own general health and wellbeing.

 

As a herbal practitioner, I believe that herbs too have a role in strengthening the body’s normal functions. Modern herbal medicine (also known as phytotherapy) applies scientific research findings to traditional insights from the past. Indeed, substantial evidence from clinical trials for a role of herbs in treating such conditions as premenstrual syndrome, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine and some acute infections, like the common cold, already exist. Unlike orthodox drugs that generally have a single ingredient, plant medicines contain many ingredients and may have several simultaneous therapeutic actions on the body. Hence, my approach to infertility is an integrated one that combines nutritional guidance with the use of herbs to assist in the optimization of the process of conception.

 

Qualifications

 

I qualified as a Nutritionist from Oxford Brookes University (BSc) and furthered my knowledge by undertaking an MSc in Human Nutrition (Sports) at London Metropolitan University. Inspired by narratives in botanical medicine, I went on to gain a First Class Honours BSc in Western Herbal Medicine from Westminster University. During my herbal studies I completed over 500 hours of clinical experience at the University’s Polyclinic, where I had the opportunity to observe a variety of common gynaecological problems, including infertility. Since graduating I have had the opportunity of seeing both women and men in a private herbal clinic, where I have encountered a variety of conditions, especially involving women.

 

I am a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy and the Association for Nutrition. I am fully insured and subject to a strict code of conduct. I regularly attend seminars, conferences and workshops to continue my professional development and stay updated with new research.