Frequently Asked Questions
Here are just some answers to questions you may have
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition and health science to enable individuals to maximise their health potential. It can help alleviate a wide range of conditions and support recovery from illness.
These requirements depend on a number of factors, ranging from inherited strengths and weaknesses to lifestyle and environment. Nutritional Therapy is a process driven modality and as such I work with each client to assess nutritional status and functional capacity in order to manage chronic health problems and advise on disease prevention.
I take a comprehensive client history and may use biochemical and other types of clinical assessment to formulate an individualised nutritional and lifestyle programme.
The use of nutritional therapy can support a range of functions in the body – from promoting gastrointestinal health, optimising fertility, supporting detoxification processes, supporting healthy skin condition, supporting endocrine function and optimising immune performance.
There are all sorts of reasons why this can happen so addressing the digestive system becomes a key requirement in addressing both digestive disorders and a range of dysfunctions within the body that can stem from poor gut health.
It is important to note, however, that Nutritional Therapy is not a replacement for conventional medicine. As a nutritional therapist I do not diagnose, treat or cure disease. If you’re suffering a chronic illness and you’re already under medical supervision Nutritional Therapy is a perfect adjunct therapy providing natural support to help you through medical treatment.
We’re all used to the type of medical approach that ‘treats’ the symptoms that you have. You have a headache, so you take a pill.
As a Functional Medicine practitioner, that’s not good enough for me. I’m interested in your symptoms, but more importantly I’m interested in the cause of those symptoms. Why are you getting headaches? What is the underlying cause?
Unravelling the intricacies of how the body works is a tricky process and can take time. But Functional Medicine works on the basis that we’re all individuals and our bodies react differently from one person to another: the cause of your headaches may be completely different to the causes of your partner’s headaches.
More often than not there are other symptoms that you are experiencing that highlight an underlying dysfunction, and this is only drawn out by the thorough Functional Medicine consultation process.
To find the solution we need to look at all the background information that is unique to you. This means taking a detailed family and health history including looking at environmental and lifestyle factors, and diet. I want to understand everything that you’re experiencing, and have experienced, with your health to identify the possible contributing factors and causes that are influencing your symptoms.
Once we have that information we can work ‘up-stream’ starting with the root cause of your problem to address the ultimate manifestation or symptom. By eliminating this underlying issue you can find a long term resolution and return to optimal health.
As a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist I am not only required to hold a BSc Nutritional Therapy qualification but I am also registered with the CNHC (CNHC Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council), which is accredited through the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a body accountable to Parliament. As part of my Continued Professional Development I also complete a minimum 30 hours of additional study per year.
On some occasions, laboratories tests are recommended to help assess or identify specific imbalances. These can help to target underlying causes of illness more quickly and accurately, although it is of course, always possible to progress without the need for testing.
A number of laboratory partners are used to provide the best test to suit an individual’s needs, evaluating digestive, endocrine, cardiovascular and immunological function.
These tests will require provision of either saliva, blood, urine, or stool samples and can be conducted at home, with a few exceptions where blood may need to be drawn by a qualified phlebotomy service.
The preferred way to improve health is through changes to the quality of your diet. However, there may be occasions where specific imbalances require supplemental support. These will be discussed if appropriate.
Corporate workshops and presentations are a great way to boost any wellness programme that your business runs and I have delivered numerous presentations, particularly around maintaining energy levels throughout the day and boosting immune function.
Around 131m work-days are lost to sickness each year – the equivalent of 4.5 days per working adult. With many workers continuing to work when ill – unwittingly spreading their germs around the office – it stands to reason that prevention is better than cure!
The one hour workshop is an interactive and informative way to help staff members understand how the right food choices can make a difference to their health and well-being.
Sessions are designed to be fun and engaging with an open forum for questions and discussions – guaranteed to bring a new sense of energy to the workplace!
There are a number of packages available to suit different needs. Please review these on the ‘Packages/Fees’ page. If you are not sure which is most suited to your needs, you can book a no obligation, free 15 minute call to discuss your needs.
Some symptoms are more complex than others and may take more meetings to resolve. For this reason the packages are created to meet different needs, on the basis that regular contact is often needed to help create the necessary new habits. As above, please arrange a no obligation, free 15 minute call to discuss your needs.