WHAT IS NUTRITIONAL THERAPY?
Nutritional therapy is an individual-centred approach to healthcare that employs assessment and intervention using nutritional, lifestyle-based and related health sciences. This assists the individual to optimise their physiological, emotional, cognitive and physical function.
The key focus of nutritional therapy is to achieve wellbeing and good health by balancing and sustaining the function, structure and energy processes of the body. This approach recognises that diet and lifestyle are among the factors that most profoundly influence the body.
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 a personalised nutrition plan 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 are 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.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A NUTRITIONAL THERAPY CONSULTATION?
In a typical nutritional therapy consultation, the therapist will assess the individual's general health, family history, dietary habits and digestive function. The therapist will then devise a dietary and lifestyle plan suitable for the individual's circumstances. This may include dietary adjustments, suggestions for dietary support, lifestyle changes and, if necessary, food or botanical supplement recommendations.
A nutritional therapist's work starts with a client consultation that involves:
• Detailed analysis of your dietary and nutritional intake
• Detailed health and family history taken
• A strategy for health - linking the symptoms to nutritional imbalances and providing support to change diet and lifestyle.
• Action plan - personalised advice for diet and lifestyle changes
• Supplement programme - details of any recommended nutritional supplements
• The recommendation of non-invasive clinical tests if required, to help ascertain any suspected underlying conditions