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.


Tammy Spiller

Tammy works as a clinical nutritionist with specific interests in metabolic conditions (in particular, metabolic syndrome and pre-diabetes), functional gastro-intestinal disorders and nutrition for mental health. Tammy’s work combines an understanding of how the pathophysiology of illness interacts with the biochemistry of nutrition. Working with specialist testing results, pathology, current medications and co-occurring health conditions, Tammy provides personalised, evidence-based nutrition plans for patients.

Emily Ghaiyed
Emily is a Masters-qualified nutritionist and dietician. Working in nutrition and dietetics for over two years, She has also pursued further training in eating disorders, gut health (specifically, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease) and utilises Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) when working with her patients.

Emily is registered with Dietitian’s Australia and registered as a Monash FODMAP trained dietitian, she is passionate about mental health and its link with nutrition, gut health and physical health.

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