The Basis Of Nutritional Therapy?
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.
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 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 pyschological wellbeing, optimum gastrointestinal health and tolerance to a broad range of food groups.
What To Expect From A Nutritional Therapy Consultation?
Before the first consultation, you will be provided with a health and nutrition questionnaire as well as a food diary to complete. An initial consultation typically lasts 60 to 90 minutes, and in this time I will ask detailed questions about current health concerns, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, medical history, family history, lifestyle, levels of physical activity, use of medication and supplements and diet. I will then evaluate your individual needs and use the extensive 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.
Naturopathic Nutrition stresses the use of whole and organic foods as medicine – an integral concept of healing in many indigenous societies. Today, we see that a return to chemical-free foods, along with other dietary measures, is an effective answer to many health complaints and common conditions.
Thousands of years ago, master healers in China perceived a way to classify food and disease according to simple, easily observed patterns; one eats cooling foods for overheated conditions, and warming foods are best for people who feel too cold. Detoxifying foods are for those who carry an excess of toxins, and building foods are good for deficient persons, and so on.
The traditional Chinese and East Indian Ayurvedic systems have been used with pinpoint accuracy to diagnose disease conditions, and to categorise foods as medicine. Naturopathic nutrition brings together authentic traditions of Oriental medicine with current, Western research-based nutrition.
The Building Blocks Of Nutrition
Water, protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, amino acids, phytonutrients, antioxidants, superfoods (spirulina, algaes, wheat and barley grass, propolis, aloe vera, etc).
The environment we live in poses many health risks
- Food Additives
- Food Processing & Storage
- Food irradiation
- Electro Pollusion
Nutritional therapy can be beneficial for many digestive and metabolic disorders.
- Muscular skeletal disorders
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Autoimmune and infectious diseases
- Respiratory and urinary disorders
- Skin diseases
- Diseases of the senses
- Mental and eating disorders
- Female and male health problems
- Diseases of babies and the elderly
- Chronic disorders
The use of diagnostics such as those listed below may be prevalent in order to ascertain the main triggers and mediators in certain conditions and diseases. These tests are usually carried out at home under the specialist care of a nutritional therapist.
- Functional tests
- Liver and parasite tests
- Tests for allergies
- Candida and yeast
- Biochemical urine and saliva tests
- Diagnosis of face, tongue, hair and nails
Choosing a practitioner
It is important to choose a qualified nutritional therapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of nutritional therapy.
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By choosing nutritional therapists registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.
By choosing a Nutritional Therapist who is a member of BANT you can be confident that they follow the strict CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the BANT Professional Practice Handbook, have professional indemnity insurance for clinical practice and also meet the membership entry criteria found at this link – Click here