What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutrients and other food components can influence the function of the body, help protect against disease, restore health, and determine people’s response to changes in the environment.
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional Therapists are trained to understand the impact of nutrients, other foods and lifestyle on body function and wellbeing. They use various tools to pinpoint possible nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to a person’s symptoms and health concerns.
Their patient-centred approach to treatment is based on the premise that there is no ‘one size fits all’ as every person is biochemically unique. Nutritional therapists also believe human physiology is based on a series of interconnected systems, as opposed to individual systems operating autonomously.
Nutritional therapy is not a replacement for medical advice and Nutritional Therapists will always refer any client with ‘red flag’ symptoms to their GP. They often work alongside medical professionals and other healthcare professionals involved in a patient’s healthcare to explain any nutritional therapy programme provided.
You can find out more about Nutritional Therapy through the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (‘BANT’).
Who is Nutritional Therapy suitable for?
Nutritional therapists ascribe to the World Health Organisation’s (‘WHO’) definition of health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. As such, nutritional therapy is not only suitable for individuals with chronic conditions, but those seeking to improve their general health and wellbeing.
What can I expect?
Nutritional therapists will examine internal and external factors that may be impacting wellbeing when making a diagnosis. Before your first consultation, your therapist will provide you with a health and nutrition questionnaire to complete. Your initial consultation will then last from around 60 to 90 minutes, and in this time you will be asked detailed questions relating to:
- Your health concerns and symptoms (and any previous diagnosis/treatment)
- Medical and family history
- Lifestyle (e.g. levels of physical activity, diet)
- Use of medication and supplements.
Your therapist 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 around four weeks later in order to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments. Further follow-ups may be required depending on each individual situation.
Meet our Nutritional Therapists
You can find out more about our Nutritional Therapists on our team page.
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