Nutritional health is often eroded by various conditions, particularly mental health challenges, substance use, and eating disorders. These conditions and their symptoms can alter natural metabolic functioning, appetite, and nutrient absorption, often leaving individuals lacking in necessary areas of their diet.

Importance of nutrition

Nutritional health contributes to your body’s detoxification processes, immune function, energy production and mood balancing. When your body is exposed to nutritional stress or deficit, these processes become distorted and ineffective. Gut health influences brain chemistry and behaviour as your gut microbiota is responsible for 90% of your Serotonin and Dopamine production. These two neurotransmitters underpin feelings of wellbeing and happiness.

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Nutrition testing

There are a variety of diagnostic tests that can be undertaken at The Banyans Health and Wellness, depending on your circumstances. This may include analysis of food intolerances, histamine levels, DNA, kryptopyrrole and blood and hormone profiles.


Nutrition therapy

A nutritionist’s role in treating mental health challenges and substance abuse is an integral component of long-term recovery. Nutritional therapy at The Banyans involves a thorough nutrition status assessment, using advanced genetic testing and consideration of your health and lifestyle history. A personalised care plan is tailored to your individual deficiencies and dietary preferences, thus encouraging long-term gut health and recovery.

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Daily chef-prepared meals

All guests at The Banyans Health and Wellness enjoy delicious, nutritious meals each day, specifically created and tailored to meet their nutritional needs and preferences. Working closely with the nutritionist, the chefs follow a personalised dietary plan to ensure each guest receives the correct nutritional therapy. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, the chefs provide regular healthy snacks and cooking classes for guests wanting to learn more.


Lisa Cutforth

Lisa is the nutritionist at The Banyans. She has been practicing as a nutritionist for the last 10 years, and has lectured at a Brisbane university on ‘Nutrition through the Lifespan’ and ‘Food as Medicine’. Lisa is a member of the Australian Natural Therapy Association. Her experience has proven there is no one-size-fits-all diet solution for optimal health, and she is committed to individualised nutrition programs to ensure the best possible results.

Brant Haer

Understanding gut inflammation and its effects is important in helping address and recover from lifestyle stress, depression, anxiety, and substance misuse or dependency.