Nutritional Therapy’s ultimate aim is to create a state of optimum health – that is a sense of energy and well being free from pain, discomfort and disease.
Nutritional Therapy is a form of complementary and functional medicine, considering physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and nutrition, and using diagnostic procedures to determine an individual’s unique needs. As a holistic therapy, it also considers lifestyle, and environmental and genetic factors – such as stress, chemical exposure and family history – and how these may affect an individual’s health.
When the balance of nutritional, lifestyle and environmental factors is right then the body is enabled to help itself heal, detoxify (if relevant), recover and energise to attain optimum health.
Almost everyone can benefit from Nutritional Therapy, at any stage of life.
The list is exhaustive, as illness and disease arise from an imbalance in one or more body systems, and it is these body systems that a nutritional therapist strives to get back into balance. So conditions associated with the hormonal, neurological, musculo-skeletal, cardiovascular, circulatory, digestive and detoxification systems of the body can all be addressed with nutritional therapy.
Please note that nutritional therapists are not licensed to TREAT such conditions as cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes, though optimum nutrition, together with exercise and stress reduction where relevant, can provide a state of health in which the body has the best chance to fight disease, heal itself and recover.
You will have completed a nutrition therapy questionnaire and any other questionnaires that are relevant to your treatment before the consultation. During your visit we shall discuss, in confidence, your answers and agree on a strategy for improving your health and preventing future problems.
Every strategy is specific to the individual, so no two strategies are the same, but it will generally cover dietary adjustment, lifestyle factors such as advice on stress management and exercise, and sometimes the use of supplements to enhance the treatment protocol.
A number of functional tests can be arranged as necessary to assist with your health assessment. Again, the list is not exhaustive but includes: