What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition and health science to enable individuals to maximize their health potential. Nutritional therapy can help alleviate a wide range of conditions and assist in the recovery from many ill-health situations. Nutritional therapists recognise that each person is an individual who has unique dietary and nutritional requirements. (Nutritional Therapy Council)
Through the use of dietary and lifestyle changes, and supplementation when appropriate, nutritional therapy aims to maximise your health and address heath concerns. Everyone is unique and through an analysis of factors such as your diet, environment, family history, and current lifestyle, an individual, tailored programme can be compiled for you.
What we eat is fundamental to how we feel and we are more likely to stay healthy for longer if we feed our body with the right nutrients. Each food choice you make – a meal, a snack or something you grab in a hurry, has an impact on your body in a positive or a negative way. There is a lot more information now about healthy eating but it can be difficult to see how it applies to your daily diet. I can help people realise how changes to their diet and lifestyle can be incorporated into their life.
You do not need to have a specific condition for nutritional therapy to be beneficial. It can be that you are feeling low in energy, ‘under the weather’ or would like to understand how you can help yourself to keep healthy. Also, nutritional therapy doesn’t just treat symptoms; it works on the underlying causes of health problems and balancing the body to enable it to work effectively.
The following are some of the health concerns that nutritional therapy can help to address:
Depression and anxiety
Blood sugar issues and diabetes
Headaches and migraines
High blood pressure / cholesterol
Food allergies / intolerance
Frequent coughs and colds
Prior to our first appointment, I will ask you to complete a simple but detailed questionnaire that will provide me with a picture of your health, lifestyle and current diet. The information you provide will enable me to undertake a thorough assessment of your nutritional status. After establishing your main health goal(s), we will look at the factors that may be playing a part in your symptoms. Specific tailored actions will then be agreed for you to implement, to start working towards a healthier you.
The next session, usually held four weeks later, will review progress and a new action plan will be agreed. A number of sessions may be necessary, particularly if your issues are longstanding, but this would be agreed between us. My approach is practical and realistic, and designed to provide you with helpful nutritional advice that can be incorporated into your lifestyle.