Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking to enhance their health and wellbeing.
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WHY USE NUTRITIONAL THERAPY?
Some people simply want to check that they are on the right track with regard to healthy eating. Others may want to lose weight or get help with their symptoms.
Nutritional Therapists recognise that each person is an individual with unique requirements and take time to define personalised nutrition plans rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
WHAT CAN NUTRITION HELP WITH?
Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body (skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory, endocrine, immune, reproductive and integumentary [skin, hair, nails]). Typical priorities in nutritional therapy consultations include support to achieve optimum energy levels, healthy blood sugar balance, emotional and psychological wellbeing, optimum gastrointestinal health and tolerance to a broad range of food groups.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Nutritional Therapy is not as simple as being told what to eat and when; what foods are good for you and what to do if you want to lose weight. It is rather an 'investigation' into a person’s physiological, biochemical and genetic make-up to identify any imbalance that may have contributed to the symptoms or a specific health condition with the aim to optimise or correct an imbalance with specific micro- and macronutrients, phytochemicals, dietary compounds or therapeutic and functional foods.
I use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances in order to understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows me to work with my clients to address nutritional imbalance and help support the body towards maintaining health.
I consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I never recommend Nutritional Therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. I will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.
Before you meet with me, you will be asked to complete a health and nutrition questionnaire. It is important that the completed questionnaire is returned in sufficient time before the consultation date so that the necessary research can be undertaken. An initial consultation typically lasts 60 minutes, and in this time you will be asked detailed questions about current health concerns, symptoms, diagnoses and treatment, medical history, family history, lifestyle, levels of physical activity, use of medication and supplements and your current diet. I will then analyse your individual needs and use the extensive evidence base for nutritional science to develop an individualised, safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme.
Follow-up consultations are generally scheduled after four weeks in order to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments. If it is difficult for you to get to one of the clinics, follow-up consultations can be arranged over the phone or via Skype. Further follow-ups may be required depending on each individual situation.