What is Nutritional Therapy
Nutritional Therapy uses the principles of Functional Medicine which addresses underlying causes of ill health and uses the science of diet and lifestyle to heal the body, whilst health coaching supports you to make the changes. It 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.
Nutrition practitioners always consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalized nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Nutritional therapy recommendations are never a replacement for medical advice and clients with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms are referred to their medical professional.
Nutritional Therapists will also frequently work alongside medical professionals and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided if required.
What a nutritional therapy session typically involves?
Before the first consultation, there will be a health and nutrition questionnaire to complete. An initial consultation typically lasts 60 to 90 minutes, involving questioning and a discussion about current diet, health concerns, symptoms, medical history, family history, lifestyle, levels of physical activity, medications and supplements.
Then depending on individual needs a personalised, evidenced based, safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme will be recommended.
Follow up consultations monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments to the programme. The number and length of the programme may differ depending on each individual situation.
Some of the issues nutritional therapy may help support:
- Digestive health and IBS
- Metabolic health, insulin resistance and pre-diabetes
- Allergies and intolerances
- Hormonal health, PMS, menopause, PCOS, endometriosis
- Mental health, anxiety, depression, low self esteem
- Energy and Immune dysfunction
- Skin disorders, acne, psoriasis, Eczema
- Migraines, Headaches
- Inflammatory conditons, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis
Registered Nutritional Therapists in the UK are regulated by the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) as well as the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
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