What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy combines the knowledge of human physiology, biochemistry and nutrition to provide the patient with the right balance of nutrients to ensure the correct function of the body. It supports the body’s natural healing mechanisms allowing relief from the symptoms of ill health.
The body is designed to strive for health and is constantly working to stay in a state of balance. Certain foods, lifestyle habits, stress and environmental influences can take the body out of balance. If this is short-lived, we recover and all is well but problems arise when the imbalance is too great or lasts for too long and the body can no longer maintain a healthy state. The role of a nutritional therapist is to determine where the imbalances lie and using the powerful nutrients in whole foods, help the body get back to optimum function.
Nutritional therapy begins by looking at the signs and symptoms you're experiencing, determining possible deficiencies and abnormal function in the body and using food and, if necessary, supplements to help address those issues.
We can use nutritional therapy to target deficiencies and imbalances within the body and just as importantly, we need to look at our relationship with food and whether it's getting in the way of improving our health. Food can have amazing benefits to our physical and mental health: using the many powerful nutrients in whole foods you will have be able to support your body’s natural state of health. Nature intended for the human body to thrive: we just need to provide it with the right materials to do so.
Who can use Nutritional Therapy?
All ages can benefit from Nutritional Therapy. Males and females have different nutritional needs and we will experience different nutritional demands at different stages of life. Certain illnesses will put an additional demand on the body. You can arrange a free 15 minute phone call to discuss your health and see if Nutritional Therapy can help.
Does Nutritional Therapy involve testing?
You can request tests and your Nutritional Therapist will recommend tests if she feels they will provide essential information to speed up healing. Functional diagnostic testing is used to pinpoint specific allergens, nutritional deficiencies and metabolic imbalances. Some examples include:
Hormone Testing: Sex hormones, adrenal function, thyroid function
Allergens: IgA pin prick blood testing for food allergens
Mucosal Gluten Reactivity Screen: Gluten sensitivity (new to the UK)
Intestinal Permeability Screen: For “leaky gut”
Nutrient Deficiency: Both blood and urine testing
What will happen in my appointment?
Before your appointment you’ll be sent a health questionnaire and food diary to complete and return prior to the initial consultation. You’ll discuss all your current symptoms and previous medical history. Your nutritional therapist will then look in detail at each system within the body including digestion, hormones, detoxification, nervous and cardiovascular systems to identify what the root cause of your symptoms might be.
What will I come away with?
You'll be given an individual nutritional and lifestyle plan according to your individual needs and requirements. A follow-up appointment will be made within 2-4 weeks, depending on your individual needs.
You’ll discover achievable eating habits that are specifically designed to support your body. You’ll be provided with a nutritional plan containing specific food recommendations, a supplement plan if needed and any details of functional testing where suitable.
Practical advice to support you through the programme is provided. This includes nourishing recipes, details of best cooking and storage methods, details of where to buy good quality whole foods and recommended lifestyle changes.