About The Centre for Integrative Sports Nutrition

The Centre for Integrative Sports Nutrition (CISN) is the culmination and expansion of a decade of effort to bridge the gap between the practical, quantitative approach of classical sports nutrition and the integrative, body-systems approach of nutritional therapy and functional medicine. Our approach is unique, and we aim to pioneer new ways of thinking within the sports nutrition and physiology space. CISN has been created to train and mentor practitioners of exercise and nutrition in this modern way of managing an athlete’s health and performance. We believe that if an athlete is to achieve their highest levels of performance, they firstly need to aspire towards optimal health.

Looking at the integrative sports nutrition pyramid below, which forms the cornerstone of CISN teaching, in recent years sports nutrition practitioners have mostly been focussing on the quantity and balance of nutrients consumed in an athlete’s diet, likely missing some crucial foundation principles of overall health.

In line with the teachings of nutritional therapy and functional medicine, CISN takes a body-systems approach to an athlete’s health, considering factors such as: gastrointestinal function, immunity, detoxification, biotransformation, oxidative stress, musculoskeletal health, the endocrine and nervous systems, neurotransmitter balance, and psycho-emotional connectors to physiological functioning. Contributing to such health, the quality of an athlete’s nutrition is paramount, meaning that the way we source food is also a fundamental part of our message to practitioners.

Additionally, an athlete (whether elite or recreational), when contrasted to a lay person, has many extra nutritional requirements to achieve peak condition and as such, we consider the macro and micro-nutrient requirements for competitive gain, including important considerations such as timings of food and fluid consumption around training exertions and competition.

We also take the words ‘balance’ and ‘individuality’ very seriously. Balance is required to avoid the negative consequences of imbalanced training regimes, nutritional approaches and lifestyle, such as adrenal fatigue, overtraining, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmunity and even premature ageing. The term individuality respects the fact that every body and mind are genetically different and that each athlete requires a completely bespoke intervention.