Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Registered Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Practitioners 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. They 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.
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.
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.
Consultations: What to Expect
Before the first consultation, the practitioner usually provides a health and nutrition questionnaire for the client to complete. An initial consultation typically lasts 60 to 90 minutes, and in this time the practitioner asks detailed questions such as:
We will evaluate your individual needs and use the evidence base for nutritional science to develop a personalised, safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme. Follow up consultations are generally after four weeks in order to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments. Further follow-ups may be required depending on each individual situation.
What can Nutritional Therapy help with?
Nutritional Therapy is a recognised complementary practice focused on the promotion of optimal health, vitality and wellbeing through changes in nutrition and lifestyle. It is underpinned by a scientific evidence base and research. Each individual is considered unique and benefits from a personalised approach, assessment and programme to support their health. We work together to understand your health objectives and the underlying drivers of any ill-health you are experiencing, so we can focus on the potential cause as well as your symptoms. By gradually making adjustments to your nutrition and lifestyle I will not only support you in improving your health, but provide you with the knowledge and tools to self-care for the long term.
Health Coaching works perfectly in conjunction with Nutritional Therapy. Our nutrition and health habits have been formed over a lifetime and can be influenced by many factors on a day-to-day basis. In order to really adapt our dietary and lifestyle habits often requires a real shift to how we live everyday and the choices we make. Through nutritional therapy you’ll understand more about what changes will benefit you, and by combining this with health coaching you will be supported every step of the way in how to make those changes in a way that works for you. When working together you not only benefit from the technical support of Nutritional Therapy but also the emotional and practical support of Health Coaching.
Nutritional Therapy can help people of all ages and support a wide variety of major and minor conditions, symptoms or other health concerns. For example:
Of course some clients will seek the support of a Nutritional Therapist, not because something is wrong, but because they want to prevent potential ill-health and promote increased vitality and wellbeing.
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