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.
New beginnings and new experiences. If that is what you want then nothing beats Amchara. From the beautiful setting in the gorgeous English countryside in a stunning house dating back to the 1600's, to the phenomenal people taking care of every little detail. Everyone was SUPER lovely and make you feel so welcome. The food and juices are so delicious and fresh everyday. Evenings are super cosy by fire watching movies loafing on big comfy sofas. Will 100% go back!!! Thank you Amchara.Ali, Amchara Somerset,
Went to have a real break and get away from everything, it was fantastic - calm, healthy food (delicious) and wonderful walks and yoga. Very comfortable and I feel SO much better after only one week - thank you Amchara - really hope I will be able to come again.Garbo, Amchara Gozo,
Love the place, this is my third visit at Amchara. It is food for the soul and can be an amazing life-changing experience for those who want to learn about how to improve their wellbeing and health.Karen, Amchara Somerset,
After a consultation with Alex the naturopath, I decided to do a juice fast, which was perfect for me. I never felt hungry: on the contrary, the juices were really energising. At each juice time, all the naturopaths were on hand to deal with any questions. I also undertook some treatments: reiki and a signature facial. Liz, the reiki specialist, has truly magical and healing hands. I am very grateful to her. Rose gave the most delightful facial. Gozo itself is easy to explore from the retreat and has lots of interesting sites, including the magnificent citadel. The retreat organises walks, but it is fine to explore by oneself too.Molly, Amchara Gozo,
My daughter has health challenges and doing a detox makes her feel more empowered with her health. The staff were amazing, helpful, caring and kind to us. Met some great people there and hearing other people’s health challenges made us feel we’re not so alone. Does us both the world of good, gives us a break from everyday living and a reboot. I would definitely recommend to anyone.Brenda, Amchara Somerset,
The best decision I ever made to go to Amchara for my birthday. The staff and fellow guests were so lovely. Great facilities, good selection of juices and vegan food. After the initial detox I started to feel full of energy and my cravings had gone.Rita, Amchara Gozo,