About Nutrition Therapy
Nutritional therapy is based on the scientific principle that food, as nature intended it, provides the nutrients needed to heal the body and to help bring us back to a state of optimum health and vitality. Nutritional Therapy is a functional approach to health, the practice considers the patient as a whole and not just on one area of the body. This is because our entire body works in synergy and the human body is all connected on a cellular, metabolic, psychosomatic and physical level.
Nutritional Therapists offer a range of techniques to assess and identify potential areas of the body that are under stress and not functioning as they should be and then understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows Nutritional Therapists to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. A Nutritional Therapist inspires and educated their clients with the aim of strengthening and supporting the body to be able to start healing itself.
Although many health complaints require particular medication, it has been repeatedly shown that nutrition and lifestyle changes can support and improve the health of all the major systems of the body (digestive, hormonal, reproductive, muscular-skeletal, immune, urinary, nervous, respiratory and skin). Ongoing studies have shown nutritional therapy can benefit all age groups. Typical priorities in nutritional therapy consultations include; support to increase energy levels, address blood-sugar balance and cravings, emotional and psychological wellbeing, inflammation, optimum digestive health, weight loss, alleviating hormonal imbalances and food intolerances.
Nutritional Therapy is not a quick fix with a pill, nor is it about starting a fad diet, it is the process of changing your lifestyle to help bring the body back to optimum health. It requires you to shift your habits and build a more conscious relationship with your body and what you eat, allowing yourself to be guided by how you feel.
People have many and varied requirements of a nutritional therapy appointment. There are many conditions and symptoms that can be improved with nutritional therapy to re-balance the body. Nutritional therapy can have a positive impact on the following:
- Diabetes and obesity
- Stress and Anxiety
- Low energy levels
- Weight management
- Allergies and intolerances
- Digestive issues / IBS
- Mood disorders
- Immunity and autoimmune conditions
- Skin conditions
- Chronic pain
- Female health
- Male health
- Chronic fatigue
Starting a nutrition plan doesn’t mean cutting out lots of food types and restricting your diet, it’s about making simple, achievable changes that become a lifestyle rather than a shot term change. This ultimately gives you control and balance and above all, you will start to enjoy making lifestyle choices that make you look and feel healthier.
What you can expect
A nutritional therapist works closely with their clients to understand a person’s individual nutritional needs to achieve healthy bodily function. They will work with you to get to know you and your symptoms and lifestyle and then support you to begin to make manageable changes. Nutritional therapy is not a quick fix with a pill, nor does it encourage fad diets, it is about creating a sustainable and enjoyable lifestyle change. A nutritional therapist will ensure that your plan is achievable and works alongside your lifestyle. A common misconception is that seeing a nutritional therapist will involve cutting out lots of foods and restricting yourself from things you like. This is not the case; the process is built on your likes as well and it is a fascinating journey that encourages creative new ways of thinking, eating and living.
What are you looking to achieve?
Would you like to optimise your own health or deal with a specific health condition or goal? Are you looking for inspiration to become more healthy? Would you like to improve the wellbeing of your whole family? Are you living with a symptom or condition that you have previously just accepted as part and parcel of life but feel inspired to improve on this after reading an interesting article or case study?
What is the difference between a Nutritionist, Dietitian and Nutritional Therapist?
I get asked this all the time and many people get confused. A nutritionist is anybody who claims to be an expert in the field of nutrition. This is a broad description because some nutritionists do not have qualifications, meaning they are not appropriately qualified and do not belong to a governing body. When taking advice from a nutritionist always check they have studied for a prolonged period of time (three years plus), are registered and belong to a governing body. Taking advice from someone who has not had sufficient training could be very dangerous and a waste of money.
A dietitian is somebody who has a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Dietitians generally work with the NHS, although some will work directly with the public. I am not a dietitian.
A nutritional therapist is somebody who is appropriately qualified and has a recognised qualification in Nutritional Therapy. Nutritional therapists usually work in private practice offering bespoke health plans, using nutrition and lifestyle interventions to help support the body towards maintaining health. I am a qualified and registered nutritional therapist. I also refer to myself as a nutritionist because many people are not aware of what a nutritional therapist is. When taking advice from a nutritional therapist always check they are properly qualified and belong to a regulated governing body as it is not a protected title. BANT, my governing body has more to say about nutrition titles, find out more.