Welcome to my site, I am Martina Cowen, Registered Nutritional Therapist and a passionate believer in the body’s ability to heal itself if given the right tools.
Growing up in the Czech Republic, on a smallholding, meant that the majority of my spare time was spent tending to the vegetable patch or livestock. The land provided us with freshly grown vegetables for our daily meals and grain to feed the animals. This meant that I learned first-hand that the benefits of eating freshly grown vegetables greatly outweighed the energy and hard work we put in.
During my early years, I watched my grandmother as she tended to her allotment and cooked with homegrown fruit and vegetables and prepared tea and ointments from natural ingredients sourced from her garden.
Cooking with my mum and dad quickly became my favorite past times (especially around Christmas when the excitement mounted). It was these special moments that prompted me to study cookery in Melbourne Australia (traveling in Australia was my childhood dream), where I subsequently qualified in Cookery - traditional French and Southeast Asian cookery.
It was in Australia, working in the hospitality industry that I really noticed that most people did not have a full appreciation of how the food was doing to their wellbeing. I decided that in order for me to have a true impact on someone's relationship with food, it's not enough to be able to cook it. For me, it's a three-pronged approach - cookery, psychology, and nutrition.
Therefore, soon after moving to England, I commenced studying BSc in Psychology at the Open University. The study took 6 years to complete, but no sooner I finished on qualification I enrolled in a Diploma in naturopathic nutrition.
I studied at the prestigious College of Naturopathic Medicine in Brighton, where I qualified as a naturopathic nutritionist and commenced my practice soon after finishing my studies in 2016. I also work at Genova Diagnostics in London (https://www.gdx.net/uk/) - a functional medicine laboratory, where I provide help to clinicians and doctors with an explanation of a variety of laboratory tests (from stool testing, saliva testing to buccal swabs for genomic testing).
I am also a fully insured member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
My passion is to help people to achieve their goals, through utilizing my knowledge and experience and by supporting them to improve their health. I'm dedicated to ongoing training and I keep up to date with the most recent research within my field and specifically within the digestive health area.
My specialty is in digestive health and in utilizing functional testing to assess specific aspects of digestion, which then enable me to prepare targetted and personalized plans for my clients for best and sustainable results.