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.
You receive an entry and exit health screening with our health team and they 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 daily diet today is full of foods laced with sugar, hydrogenated fats and salt. Food companies are very skilled at manufacturing these foods to reach a ‘bliss point’ where these foods are the most addictive they can be.
In a ‘natural world’ we’d rarely encounter foods with sugar, fat and salt and would gorge them when given a chance and our bodies store these rare, precious ingredients. Our bodies cannot react to the necessary evolutionary adaptations in such a short space of time and the abundance of these foods underpins the explosion in chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity and heart disease.
We will support you in understanding your food triggers, exploring positive healthy alternatives that you can enjoy and experimenting with mindfulness principles that empower you to bridge the gap between stimulus and response.
Forming a positive relationship with food makes the change process sustainable and doable for you. We work with you to find foods you can enjoy and also to learn that a little indulgence is realistic and part of a modern world so learning to give yourself permission for flexibility here and there and forgiving yourself is an important part of the change process.
Change that lasts is change that is achievable, we provide the supportive and nurturing environment to allow your body and mind to gently develop positive new choices.
Ideally you would get everything you need for your health from food, particularly if you opt for organic food. Organic food is naturally your best option though the reality of modern soil is that it is depleted in many of the natural minerals that used to be abundant.
Modern agricultural methods undermine the nutritional foundations of the soil in which our food grows and even organic food cannot compete with the soil in which our fresh vegetables and plants grew decades ago.
Minerals iodine, selenium and magnesium are 3 key examples of this:
Today’s soil contains a fraction of these minerals than the soil of the 1950’s and therefore it can be wise to supplement with tailored vitamins, herbs and minerals for optimal nutrition.
In our retreats we offer our optional super-supplementation range. These highly-nutritional supplements include Wheatgrass, blue/green Algae, Aloe Ferox, Spirulina, Turmeric, Reishi Mushroom, Maca and Mineral Blend.
Outside of the retreat our practitioners can tailor a specific supplement programme for you based on your individual needs. It is prudent not just to guzzle a multitude of supplements but carefully select the ones you need to help you reach optimal health.
Amchara’s overall mission is to empower you to total health and your personalised health plan can create the foundation for good long-term health, excellent longevity and very low risk of disease.
We can support you to achieve your optimum health or ‘360 health’ by measuring your gut, hormone and genetic performance with a series of functional tests that help us to personalise your health in a detailed way.
These functional tests can be for individuals with a health problem or alternatively for those who are seeking optimal health.
We offer a complimentary 15-minute mini-consultation to explore if this is a positive option for you.
“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.”
Holistic & Emotional Support Therapist
We have a fantastic team of people at Amchara Somerset. From highly experienced naturopaths and health experts to executive chefs and qualified exercise instructors, we’re all here with one aim - to help you Change For Good.
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,