Announcing our first webinar

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These last 10 weeks have been a time of reflection and connection at the Dr Indra Specialist Functional Medicine Practice. We have all been working from our own homes and connecting remotely on our computers. I have enjoyed our zoom meetings. It has meant that we have not been able to share treats as we would usually do!

We have continued to support our patients and have welcomed new patients to the practice. Our electronic patient system, WriteUpp, has now integrated video consultations into the platform, which has made setting up video consultations easier. It’s been a steep learning curve, figuring out why things don’t always go to plan and finding solutions. We thank all our patients for their patience.

Having had to take everything online has meant discovering new ways to reach out to people. We had planned a series of speaking events in the lead-up to the summer but, of course, these have had to be cancelled. Instead, we’ve decided to take the brave step into the world of webinars.

Our first webinar will be a question and answer session on 4th June 2020 at 1930 GMT. We asked for questions on social media a week or two ago and we have some interesting topics to discuss. If all goes well, we’re hoping to do a webinar per month for people to come along and see the team and how we approach patient care at our practice. If you’d like to join us on Thursday, you can register here.

We hope to see you there.

The Dr Indra team

Can you Support Your Immune System with Food? Yes, you can, and these 3 steps will show you how!

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Our amazing bodies have the intelligence to support us through whatever we encounter in the world. When we come up against a threat like an infection, a toxin, an allergen or stress, our bodies support us and then bring us back to balance.

You might have heard the statement “food is medicine”. This is a quote from the Greek physician, Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food”.

Our nutrition serves to nourish our body and support our body’s tools to help it heal naturally.

Figuring out what to eat, however, can be a minefield. At our practice, we suggest to our patients that they break things down to the most basic of levels and take one small step at a time. Supporting our immune system is more than just about the food we eat, but this is central to supporting the body.

My top tips to support the immune system are:-

Update of the Investment in Health Options at the Clinic

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Due to changes in prices at the Laboratory we are having to change the prices of our programs of care effective from today 1st March 2018….

Good Nutrition Made Simple: Sharing the Vibe Podcast

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If you are searching for a simple and holistic approach to health and wellness, then tune into Shakela’s latest podcast where she talks about ed pills, nutrition, sleep, meditation and exercise. She also shares her delicious protein ball recipe packed with nutritious ingredients and ideal for those moments when you need a quick healthy energy snack.


S01 E10 Shakela Shan Good Nutrition Made Simple

Want to know some easy strategies to improve your nutrition and overall health? Shakela
Shan is a Nutritional Therapist based in Leeds who takes a simple and holistic approach to
nutrition and wellness. It’s not just about the food either – we talk about sleep, exercise
(too much can be just as harmful as not …

Shakela’s Autumn Blog 2018: Forget the Diets and Embark on a Functional Medicine Reset

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Think mental health, weight management and physical wellbeing. Here’s how to take stock and prepare ourselves for a restorative and energised autumn ahead…

Very few of us bounce into autumn feeling fabulous and, for many of us, it’s a case of dragging ourselves through into the festive season and feeling rather sluggish, bloated and lacking in energy. My question is ‘why wait to reset and introduce healthy habits in the new year when you can start right now with the help of our functional and ed medicine multidisciplinary team?’ Our approach, and one which I find produces more lasting results, is to keep things simple, realistic and achievable.

Let’s begin with restoring your gut – the bedrock of good health starts with your gut. Your digestive system is like a sorting office where food gets delivered, nutrients are assimilated and deposited around the body and then waste is sent out. If this is working efficiently then everything else follows suit.

Dehydration, lack of sleep, high stress, alcohol, processed, fried, sugary and refined food/drink can all take their toll on your gut. As a result, you can encounter problems such as constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, fatigue and pain. This can impact your wellness, vitality, weight, hormones and mood.

Reset and start autumn by nourishing your body – to keep things simple, choose foods that are easy to digest and get good-quality lean proteins, healthy fats and plenty of vegetables. You can visit the BANT plate (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) for inspiration at:

Eat more fibre – Fibre not only promotes gut health but helps to keep you full between meals and balance blood sugar levels to help stave off cravings. Beans, pulses, lentils, oats, seeds, nuts, apples, wholegrains, vegetables and dried fruit all contain fibre.

Feed your gut bacteria – Beneficial bacteria break down food to extract nutrients that we need for our survival. They also help to synthesise B vitamins including B12, folate and thiamine that we need for energy metabolism, red blood cell production and a healthy nervous system. A poor diet and stress can cause the gut to become ‘leaky’ and unbalanced with bacteria and yeasts that contribute to digestive issues. Introduce probiotic yoghurts and fermented foods to support the ‘good guys’. Probiotic supplements are also an effective way of balancing your gut bacteria.

Eat prebiotic foods – Good bacteria have a symbiotic relationship with prebiotics and are found in certain foods with high amounts of indigestible fibres such as inulin and resistant starch. They are fermented by bacteria in the gut and help good bacteria to flourish.Prebiotic foods include Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, asparagus, onions, garlic, leeks, pulses, potatoes and rice. The latter two foods must be cooked then cooled to produce resistant starch.

Our team of Functional Medicine GPs and Nutritional Therapist can offer tailored plans to
support your wellness journey. You can visit us at and

Other areas of support that you may consider for your journey to wellness are:

My Book of the Month: ‘The Good Stuff’

This is the book I’ve been waiting for. As a Mum to three kids, I recommend Lucinda Miller’s brilliant book to help inspire parents to get their kids eating delicious ‘real food’. I hope you enjoy having as much fun with the recipes as I did with my trio.

Dr Indra FMGP Update

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Its been a while since I last posted.

Just a short update about exciting times coming up at our clinic. We have been busy and have collaborated with a Nutritional Therapist and another functional GP. More details to follow. Our Phlebotomy service is getting up and running.

I have also been on a PODCAST!

I was asked to speak about Functional Medicine to Andrew Gray of Truth Legal in Harrogate I had an enjoyable morning talking about my passion for practicing medicine in an integrative way.

Look out for more updates in the next few weeks. Become aware and enjoy this moment.

Dr Indra

Our First Video

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We have been doing a Christmas advent on Facebook and Twitter supporting health and well being over the Christmas period. This video is a breathing technique that I teach all my patients why not give it a go.

4 7 8 Breathing – Small

We are Moving

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Last week I was helping doctors learn all about antibiotics and functional medicine. The AFMCP run by Institute of Functional Medicine is the foundation course. It was exciting to see over 100 doctors in the United Kingdom learning about new tools to use in their practice of medicine. The main take home message for me was, how to help patients manage change in their journey to health. This is key to a functional medicine approach to wellness. Where are you on your journey of change?

The Dr Indra FMGP practice is also going through a change we are growing and developing.

Firstly, we are moving to a new premises in Rothwell called Iveridge Hall. This will be effective from 1st of May 2017. Iveridge Hall is in a great location just off junction 30 M62 and has great parking.

Secondly, we are now able to take bookings for the clinic at Iveridge Hall on our new online booking website . You are able to book a free 10 min telephone consultations online as well.

If you require any further information on prices please click here or email

Regards, Dr Indra


My simple guide to Functional Medicine

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Why Functional Medicine?
In this month’s blog I would like to try to explain about functional medicine, how it works and why it takes time and a certain mind set to help with healing.

Our bodies are affected by:

Our mind is affected by:

Both the mind and the body are affected by nutritional deficiencies and food intolerances.

The human mind and body then processes the environment around it through genetics, attitudes, beliefs, emotional and spiritual influences.

Our environment affects humans daily in various ways.

When all of the above are in balance we have wellness.

If any of these aspects are either too much or too little, we have illness and dysfunction. Currently in medicine, symptoms are put together, a disease diagnosed and the right medication is found to help deal with the symptoms. This is great as it can quickly remove pain and help us feel better sooner. The reality is that patients still don’t feel well.

The W.H.O definition of health, is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity.

How is functional medicine different from conventional medicine? Functional medicine uses science and a good listening ear to hear your story. This allows us to help you understand where your imbalances are and why you have the symptoms you are experiencing. The comprehensive history and examination looks to identify all the factors that have led to heath imbalances.

Functional testing helps us understand where your body is at this moment and how we can personalise the lifestyle prescription for you.

As you can imagine there, is a lot of information to address but that is our role as functional practitioners to be the detective and unlock patterns in your symptoms and support the body by creating a healing environment.

So how do we do this?

We address your SLEEP and RELAXATION.
We address your MOVEMENT and help you manage STRESS.

Make no mistake following a functional medicine approach means a lot of hard work, challenging your thoughts and a big lifestyle change but with support it is both do-able and effective. We are here to support change. Creating a therapeutic partnership helps us find out about the patient who has the disease and not just the symptoms that the patient has. This takes time. This is not a quick fix approach as healing takes time.

When it comes to cost, investment in your health can only be a positive outcome. If you are ready.

Continuing to live and eat and do what you are currently doing, will only mean that you continue to feel the way you are. A small change can make a big difference. For example, stopping gluten could stop your IBS symptoms; more movement, could improve your sleep which in turn could improve your mood and then your relationships. Life is not a bed of roses but if your body is in a state of balance, it is able to have the resilience to deal with all that life throws at you.

I understand that some people are looking for quick solutions and are not in the ideal place to deal with change. If you are reading this, then you are looking for a different way of approaching wellness – then keep on reading and learning about functional medicine. When you are ready to make that change you now know that there is another way out there.

Dr Indra