Nutritional Therapy involves the provision of dietary advice with the aim of optimizing the health and wellbeing of an individual. We’re all different: unique beings with our own unique bodies. It stands to reason, therefore, that every one of us will face different health challenges over our lifetimes. Food that helps one person, may be food that harms another. My job is to identify which food works for you. When it comes to providing nutritional advice, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
The Basis of Nutritional Therapy
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.
What can Nutritional Therapy help with?
Evidence shows that the right nutrition 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.
Someone once said ‘you are what you eat’, but it would be more accurate to say ‘you are what you absorb’. What’s the point of eating nutritious, healthy food if your stomach and gut aren’t functioning well enough to break it down and absorb the nutrient content of your food?
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.
I also have training in addressing energy imbalances, female hormone imbalances from fertility to menopause, and helping to address weight loss issues.
What it doesn’t do
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. In these cases I would look to work alongside medical and other healthcare professionals involved in your care. On some occasions there may be reason to recommend you check in with your GP, in which case and with permission, we will contact them to ensure they’re aware of your nutritional protocol.