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Hastings Sussex Nutritional therapist naturopath IBS chronic illness nutrition Functional Medicine

The Wellington Health and Wellbeing Centre

44 Wellington Square

Hastings

East Sussex

TN34 1PN

The Open Door 

32 Church Twitten

High Street

Lewes

BN7 2LU

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Email: al@alexandrafalconer.com

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Mental health

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health issues in our society, with anxiety disorders affecting approximately 18% of adults. Anxiety and depression are not the same, but they are often experienced together as a complex set of emotional and functional changes. 

Both anxiety and depression, along with other mood and neuropsychiatric disorders, such as eating disorders, bipolar disorder or sleep disorders, generally result from a complex interplay of factors. These may include a combination of nutritional, physical, environmental, social, emotional, and spiritual factors, affecting your genetic tendencies and brain biochemistry (meaning that your neurotransmitters, or the chemical messengers within your brain, can be affected by these key components of well-being). You can think of anxiety and depression as disruptions in brain health.

Data suggests that 30 to 40% of patients do not respond to current drugs to treat their symptoms. While it’s important to recognise that medication is essential for some people, I start by looking at the health of the gut. The relatively new understanding of how microorganisms affect every system of our body, along with the incredible volume of research on the microbiome is leading to a shift towards appreciating how important gut bacteria are for our mental health.

Mental health tests


Adrenal profile & metabolites (dried urine DUTCH)
Adrenal Stress Profile (saliva)
Fatty acids: erythrocytes
Folate (red cell)
Food sensitivity & candida IgG profile (95 foods)
Histamine (plasma)
Histamine (urine)
Hormone profile (complete (dried urine DUTCH)
Hormones and thyroid profile (serum)
Iodine: urine
Iodine: creatinine ratio (urine)
Kryptopyrroles (pyroluria)
Neurotransmitter profile (Basic: urine)
Neurotransmitter profile (Comprehensive: urine)
Organic Acids profile
Peptides gluten & casein (urine)
Plasma mineral profile with red cell magnesium
Psychosis profile
Psychosis profile: additional tests
Toxic organic chemical exposure profile
Vitamin B1 (thiamine): transketolase activity
Vitamin B12 (active): serum
Vitamin B12 and methylmalonic acid profile
Vitamin B3-RBC NAD activation (niacin)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
Vitamin D (25-hydroxy) profile