Nutritional Therapy is a holistic form of alternative medicine, which considers your past and current health conditions in relation to suspected dietary and lifestyle imbalances.
It works on the principle that you should supply the body with a correct balance of macro nutrients (fats, proteins, carbohydrates and fibre), micro nutrients (vitamins, minerals) and phytonutrients (enzymes, antioxidants, plant extracts).
With proper nutrition, the 10 systems of the body (endocrine, immune, digestive, nervous, skin, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, muscles and skeletal, urinary) can exist in optimum health.
What are the benefits of Nutritional Therapy?
The benefits of Nutritional Therapy are that your whole body gets to function at it’s most optimal. By providing the body with all the nutrients it needs in the right portions and levels, you can move yourself towards optimal physical, mental and emotional health.
By maintaining a good nutritional status your body systems work smoothly. This creates a ripple of good health that enables hormones to be balanced, immune system to be strong, mind to be focused, digestion to run smoothly, and for all the repair work to body cells, tissues, organs, muscles, joints and bones to happen quickly and effectively.
Moreover Nutritional Therapy promotes the absence of illness, improves longevity, and installs a sense of vitality and wellbeing.
All of us are individuals with specific nutrient requirements to help offset our pre-disposed genetic susceptibilities. A Nutritional Therapist helps can help to create a highly personalised diet, lifestyle and supplement plan to help achieve and maintain the best possible health. This may include mindfulness and exercise.
What does a typical Nutritional Therapy appointment look like?
You could be asked to complete a comprehensive health questionnaire and food diary before your appointment. The Nutritional Therapist will gather more information from this about your health history, current health issues and food habits by asking you questions in your initial appointment.
They will explain which body systems they feel are out of balance and may suggest some health tests to uncover more specific imbalances, infections or nutrient deficiencies.
You will receive a list of diet and lifestyle recommendations to achieve over the next month and a list of nutritional supplements to help support your journey back to better health.
How do I find a Nutritional Therapist that suits me?
Because nutrition can affect all body systems some practitioners choose to specialise in a few areas of health.
Some nutritionists work more with mind, mood and behaviour focusing on anxiety, depression, anorexia and food issues. Others focus on skin health (eczema, psoriasis, acne) or gut health (IBS, IBD, Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, ulcers, gut infections, candida).