We offer personalised health retreats and we also offer a personalised consultation experience with advanced functional medicine/laboratory tests than can measure your genetics, hormones and your digestive tract helping you to achieve optimal health.
We achieve this by combining naturopathic principles with functional medicine.
Functional medicine tackles the underlying causes of disease and poor health. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. Conventional medicine tends to have a disease-centred focus. However functional medicine, the medical basis for Personalised Health, addresses not just a set of symptoms seen in isolation but the whole, unique person offering a more patient-centred approach.
In the 21st century there are many factors that influence our health & wellbeing:
Our functional practitioners review your relationship with nutrition together with the interactions between genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. These are understood to influence both long-term health and the development of complex, chronic disease.Often lab tests are used to measure key markers in the body that are not routinely examined by orthodox medicine. Tests that examine vitamins, minerals, hormones and gut health markers in a different way, are understood to give a clearer picture of the function of body systems and their impact on health.
Our health team can personalise your experience with the following options:
“We had a fantastic experience at Amchara. The support of the staff and knowing that it is always possible to adjust the fast makes things easier. The spa facilities are lovely and the setting is excellent.”
“I have been going to Amchara every year for the last 6 years and hope to keep going every year! The retreat is in an amazing, beautiful, tranquil location. I would highly recommend a visit to Amchara”
“We thoroughly benefitted from our 2 weeks at Amchara. My husbands blood sugar levels were monitored & proved to him that is possible to control type 2 diabetes with diet. We both lost 11 lbs each in two weeks.”
Tailored nutrition is a vital element for you to achieve optimal health. People say ‘we are what we eat’, actually this is not completely true, we are in fact what we absorb or assimilate. We all have differences in how we absorb food and we all have different lifestyles. Tailoring nutrition to your unique physiology gives you the best health retreat experience for the short-term and the best long-term health outcomes too.
Your goals and needs are individual and our job is to help you match them.
We can review your current lifestyle and food/nutrition habits choices. We can work with you to create a Personalised Health plan that works for you.
Our retreats offer you a multitude of healthy food options including raw, vegan, and Palaeolithic choices. You may also have the options of soups, smoothies, juices and broths if you prefer a deeper detox or maybe wish to fast.
All of our food is freshly prepared and organic wherever possible. Our chefs offer food demonstrations and health education workshops, these prove very popular and can support you for long-term change.
Our health team will work with you to create your tailored nutrition plan for your stay and for when you leave helping you to ‘Change for Good’.
The standard diet today is commonly laced with sugar, unhealthy fat, unnatural salt, chemicals and additives; these were not in the food chain a hundred years ago. The speed at which this has happened has not allowed the body to make the necessary evolutionary adaptions.
Research has shown that combinations of sugar and fat can be addictive. For some, there is an enhanced natural tendency to crave these foods. As many of these are embedded into our culture, it makes avoiding them and committing to healthy dietary changes even more challenging. Bad habits around these foods, and other addictive substances, can quickly form and are hard to break.
Developing permanent healthy habits requires a strategy. Our effective strategies include:
Fasting, if prescribed by out health team, facilitates a powerful, rapid and safe detoxification process. Kick starting changes and stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. This option at Amchara dependant on your medical history and goals.
Although we have evolved to fast from food as a natural basis of the hunter gather lifestyle; in the modern lifestyle it is never forced and therefore it is far less often that our bodies go into ketosis – the act of operating off our natural energy reserves – Fat. One key advantage of fasting is that it reduces IGF-1, an immune marker that has been associated with increased risk of cancer, arthritis and diabetes. Dr Michael Moseley emphasises this in his best seller, ‘The 5:2 Diet’. He explains that a 4-day fast, in his studies, reduces IGF-1 levels by 40%. Dr Moseley also discusses a considerable amount of research into the other benefits of fasting.
Light or Intermittent
Within your programme, the type of fasting chosen is
tailored to your health goals and current medical status.
Enhance your experience with our 360° health tests
To support you to achieve 360° optimal health we operate a series of functional tests and produce you a personalised plan tailored to your needs and goals. These advanced tests include urine, saliva, blood and stool analysis and examine in detail your hormones, gut health and genetic health.
The tests are not readily available on the NHS and would only normally be available in the NHS from; endroconologists for hormone health, gastro-intestinal consultants for gut health and Geneticist for genetic health. Our tests are sent to our partner laboratories and help us to create your unique ‘fingerprint’ of health.
Once we understand your lifestyle and functional health needs then we provide you a personalised long-term nutrition solution that works for you and your unique needs.
Since staying at Amchara, I've become a healthier, brighter and more confident person. I can't thank the team enough for helping me on my journey.Andy Nash -
My experience from entry to exit was outstanding to say the least. Can't wait to return!Samantha Cole -
There aren't enough words to describe the team at Amchara, but here are a few: Helpful, informative, supportive and wonderful!Fozzia Orwell -
Positively overwhelmed by the whole experience! What an amazingHelen Phillips -
place, philosophy and people.
Amazing in every aspect. Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart.Angie Colarusso -
The difference in my mental state on arrival to departure, is like night and day. I feel ready to face the world again.Nicola Thomson -
All of the staff were so caring, attentive and knowledgable. The food was amazing, the retreat was impeccable and finally the presentations were inspiring.Roberta Butter -
A different person leaving than on arrival. I have a lot of energy, flatter tummy, brighter skin and a more positive outlook on life. I will definitely be returning.Melissa Lilley -
Thank you for everything! I left having done what I hoped to, and so much more.Vic Hill -
This place is absolutely amazing and I will definitely be booking again very soon! Thank you!Yvonne Corbin -
Just to say a big thank you! The week spent at Amchara has been absolutely tremendous and way beyond my expectations. I wish I had booked a longer stay!Hazel Lewis -