What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy is an evidence-based approach to maximising health using individually formulated nutritional and lifestyle changes. it promotes the benefits of wholesome, unprocessed foods for optimal wellbeing as well as the therapeutic effects of particular foods for specific health conditions. As a nutritional therapist I use a functional medicine approach. This is a holistic approach which treats each person on the basis that we are each individual in our make-up and a "one size fits all" model of eating just doesn't work for many people. So even if you and a friend have the same symptoms or condition you will not necessarily need to use the same strategies to address these.
A qualified Nutritional Therapist is someone who holds a BANT and CNHC registered degree or post-graduate diploma. As such, a Nutritional Therapist is qualified to work in private practice and see clients on an individual or group basis.
The guiding principle is getting to the root cause of health issues and making dietary and lifestyle changes in order to restore the body to optimal health and wellness. The way I work is a little like piecing together a "health puzzle". I will gather pieces to the puzzle by finding out about your health history, your current symptoms, your current diet and lifestyle and adding in current knowledge from scientific research. Testing may be necessary for some people, this may add more "pieces" to the puzzle. The key to this is then developing a personalised Programme which includes nutritional advice, advice regarding lifestyle changes and supplement recommendations (if appropriate). Equally important is practical and emotional support to assist you in incorporating dietary and lifestyle changes.
How Can Nutritional Therapy Help?
Nutritional Therapy is suitable for everyone, whatever age. It is for those who would like to improve their overall health or for those who would like to alleviate specific symptoms. Some people may have a medical diagnosis and want to do everything they can to support their own health.
Some of the health concerns which may benefit from Nutritional Therapy include:
Digestive problems - constipation, bloating, IBS, reflux, food intolerances
Weight problems - weight gain/inability to lose weight, sugar cravings, blood sugar imbalances, diabetes
Cardiovascular health - raised cholesterol, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome
Hormonal imbalances - PMS, endometriosis, menopause symptoms, cystitis, PCOS
Skin conditions - acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea
Mental and emotional health - low mood, anxiety, poor concentration
Fatigue - low or fluctuating energy levels, chronic fatigue
Autoimmune conditions - rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto's, fibromyalgia
Pregnancy and fertility - pre-conceptual health, male and female fertility, pregnancy
Children's Health - allergies, immune system support