What is nutritional therapy?
“Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care.” – BANT
That’s the theory and in practice it means helping you to understand how your body uses nutrients to carry out functions of the body such as restoring health and helping to protect against the risks of certain health conditions.
I think it’s important to also draw your attention to what it’s NOT. A nutritionist will not claim to be able to cure ailments and disease and it’s not the latest fad being pushed by celebrities.
Instead, nutritional therapy is about assisting your body in helping it to heal itself. Much of the core principle behind nutritional therapy is based on many years of research which helps us to understand how dietary measures can be an effective answer to many existing health complaints, and how the food we eat plays an important role in helping to prevent some common health problems from developing.
Nutritional therapy looks to understand the root cause of any issue rather than simply addressing the symptoms. The personalised advice that I will provide you with will be based on the information you provide to me in the pre-consultation questionnaires, during your consultation and any tests that you choose to have carried out. Every recommendation will be achievable, reasonable and aligned with your goals.
What can it help with?
There are a number of conditions and health problems that, with the help of nutritional therapy, you can support and manage. These include, but are not limited to:
- Autoimmune conditions (Hashimoto’s, Crohn’s, coeliac, MS, rheumatoid arthritis)
- Diabetes, insulin resistance & metabolic syndrome
- Digestive disorders (gut dysbiosis, constipation, IBS)
- Fatigue & energy levels
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Hormonal imbalances (thyroid, menstrual, PMS, PCOS)
- Immune issues (frequent colds, feeling run-down)
- Skin issues (acne, eczema)
- Stress and mental resilience
- Weight management
The BANT infographic below presents what I take into consideration when I prepare the nutritional and lifestyle plan for you.