Nutritional Therapy aims to change an individual's metabolism from an unbalanced state which may be causing minor or distressing symptoms and which may ultimately lead to diagnosable disease to a state of balance, allowing the body to return to optimum health. The process takes the form of a one-on-one consultation between client and therapist.
The first consultation may take up to 1 hour and will usually include taking a detailed history of health problems, medical and family history, plus diet and lifestyle factors. The client may be asked to fill in a questionnaire prior to consultation and to seek medical advice to eliminate underlying disease.
A nutritional assessment is then made, sometimes with the help of a questionnaire and appropriate laboratory tests, and dietary and lifestyle changes will be recommended, often supported by nutritional supplements based on individual needs and circumstances.
Through regular consultations and adjustments to the nutritional program, the aim is to work in a series of stages to nourish and support the body's innate healing processes with the aim of achieving an optimum state of health for the individual.
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional therapy practitioners 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.
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.
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of optimal health. It identifies nutritional and biochemical imbalances in the body that lead to ill health. Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body. Typical priorities in nutritional therapy consultations include support to achieve optimum energy levels and gastrointestinal health, maintaining a healthy blood sugar balance, supporting emotional and psychological wellbeing, and better understanding tolerance levels to a broad range of food groups.
Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is suitable for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and overall wellbeing.
Nutritional Therapy works holistically on all interlinking systems of whole body and is more than about more than just eating the right foods. It works to correct any personal vitamin and mineral deficiencies, ensuring these are digested and absorbed properly to promote optimal health. Nutritional therapy aims to get to the root cause of symptoms (as opposed to putting a sticking-plaster over them) and to support the body to maintain health.
Nutritional Therapy can support with a wide range of health concerns, including:
Registered Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to your symptoms and health concerns.
Prior to the initial assessment you will be provided with:
You’ll be asked to complete and return these documents 2 days before your first appointment so that they can be reviewed beforehand. At the initial appointment, you and your Nutritional Therapist will assess how each system of your body is working and discuss appropriate and achievable changes to make. You will then be sent a nutritional plan and supplement recommendations which is personalised to you and your specific needs (rather than a more common 'one size fits all' approach).
Follow up appointments are generally 4 weeks after the initial assessment. You may benefit from multiple follow up appointments depending on your personal circumstances.
Recommended changes can be made gradually or all at once; you set the pace.
A full range of biochemical tests can be accessed alongside a nutritional therapy consultation.
These tests may be appropriate in supporting the development of a more targeted and personalised nutrition plan.
Please note that the above tests are only offered alongside a nutritional therapy consultation to ensure accurate interpretation of results. Accessing the most appropriate tests can be discussed after the initial consultation, where a full health history is taken.
Nutritional therapy interventions work alongside other complementary therapies as well as conventional medicine.