Immune System Support


Your immune system is a large network of organs, white blood cells and proteins (antibodies) that protects you from harmful substances, bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause illness.

The immune system is constantly defending you against disease-causing microorganisms but when it stops working properly illness occurs. Autoimmune diseases happen when the body’s natural defence system mistakenly attacks its own healthy cells.


If you feel like you’re always sick or you have symptoms that never seem to go away, your immune system may be compromised and certain symptoms could be signs of an autoimmune disease:

  • Exhaustion or fatigue
  • Sore, aching muscles, especially if you also have a fever
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hair loss
  • Inflammation/rashes

Moreover, an overactive immune system can cause allergic rhinitis, asthma and eczema.


Many deficiencies and disorders can damage or disrupt your immune system:

  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune disorders e.g. Coeliac, Crohn’s disease, Hashimoto’s, Lupus, Multiple sclerosis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive disorders (Leaky gut)
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Infections (HIV, mononucleosis, sepsis)
  • Medications

There are more than 80 types of autoimmune disease, with some increasing in incidence by 9% each year. As many as 4 million people in the UK are living with at least one autoimmune condition.


people with type 1 diabetes in the UK


people living with multiple sclerosis (MS)


people living with rheumatoid arthritis


Using a Functional medicine approach, we identify the root causes of your immune dysfunction, and improve areas of your nutrition and lifestyle to support your immune system and prevent autoimmune disease.

Nutritional Therapy

Food is your friend.

Gut health is key to a well-functioning immune system as 70% of it resides there. The gut microbiota plays an essential role in supporting the gut barrier which blocks the passage of toxins, antigens and bacteria in the body from entering the blood stream. When this barrier is permeable (known as Leaky gut), these compounds can pass through, triggering an unwanted immune response.

We assess dietary and lifestyle factors that may be affecting your gut health and compromising your immune system. A personalised Nutrition & Lifestyle Action Plan aimed specifically at reducing inflammation, improving intestinal barrier function and restoring immunity is then recommended and put into action.

Functional Testing

Harnessing the power of science.

Tests are a useful tool to assess immunity and identify immune dysfunction. They are recommended during the initial or follow-up consultation if appropriate. The type of test depends on the individual’s circumstances and symptoms. Below are some examples:

  • Food allergens
  • Thyroid panel – tests antibody levels which help gauge autoimmune response
  • Stool test – looks at digestive, immune and chronic disease-related microbial markers (bacteria, yeast, parasites)

Once we have the lab results, we interpret the data and implement these findings into your Nutrition & Lifestyle Action Plan.

Lifestyle Coaching

Your health. Your choice.

Within your nutritional consultation, we investigate modifiable lifestyle factors that can help support your immune function, whilst complementing medical treatment. In many cases, exercise is known to decrease fatigue while enhancing mood and joint mobility, especially beneficial for those with autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis or MS.

Anxiety, depression, stress and sleep problems have all been linked to autoimmune disease as both causes and symptoms. The benefits of exercise and meditation on these factors is well documented in medical literature as they alleviate pain and improve both physical and mental wellbeing.


To ensure the continued practice of safe and reliable therapy, all consultations are currently being conducted virtually.

Satisfied Patients

Manny V

Autoimmune condition

A couple of years ago I caught what I thought was a typical cold but when the symptoms persisted for over a month I went to see a doctor who prescribed me antibiotics. A few days later I became so ill I was admitted into hospital where I was diagnosed with a very rare and serious neurological autoimmune condition known as ADEM. As part of my rehabilitation, I researched various forms of therapy and asked my consultant to refer me to a nutritionist. Carmen’s knowledge and guidance has taught me what the right foods are for increased cognitive functioning and she has designed a special supplement plan for my brain and nervous system to support my ongoing recovery.

Fraser R

Coeliac, Autoimmune, Digestion, Skin Condition

I highly recommend Carmen at Nutrition Diets. As a Coeliac I've always had a very sensitive stomach and have battled with gut problems for the majority of my life. Recently I've been having problems with my skin where I've been getting acne like symptoms. I got in touch with Carmen and explained what was happening to me, she was very clear in coming up with a plan and organised some tests for me. Once the results came back for those tests, we had a consultation where she explained what was happening to me and why, it all made sense when she expressed that certain foods were more problematic than others (Fermented foods made my skin worse etc.), she knew exactly what was wrong with me (gut permeability and liver toxicity) and I was put on a protocol to help heal my gut and liver. 3 months later my skin has totally cleared up and I can feel a noticeable change. Carmen is very knowledgeable, she clearly knows what she is talking about and on top of that is passionate about what she does. I would highly recommend getting in touch with her even just for an assessment. I have already recommended her to friends and family who have gut problems.

S. Khan

Hashimoto's, Digestion

Carmen went through my microbiomes tests and helped me understand what I needed to do to improve my gut health as I suffer from Hashimoto's. She's also a very friendly and nice person to speak with.

Sukh Singh

Psoriasis, COVID

So happy to have met Carmen. She helped me clear up my Psoriasis within a year. This was done by getting me to change my diet and also by introducing me to supplements that healed my skin. She is caring, intuitive and kind soul. Additionally she has helped me heal very quickly after I became seriously ill after catching Covid. Absolutely no problem whatsoever in recommending Carmen as an amazing nutritionist.

Sarah V


Carmen has helped me with my recovery of Long Covid through nutritional support and also through other lifestyle advice. There was no obvious solution to my health issues, but tweaking my diet made an impact for sure. I would recommend Carmen in a heartbeat to anyone looking for a holistic solution to their health problems.

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