What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy aims to change an individual's metabolism from an unbalanced state which may be causing minor or distressing symptoms and which may ultimately lead to diagnosable disease, to a state of balance, allowing the body to return to optimum health. The process takes the form of a one-on-one consultation between client and therapist.
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual's symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health.
Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a 'one size fits all' approach. Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with 'red flag' signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client's care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided
What To Expect During A Consultation
The first consultation may take up to one hour and will usually include taking a detailed history of health problems, medical and family history, plus diet and lifestyle factors. The client may be asked to fill in a questionnaire prior to consultation and to seek medical advice to eliminate underlying disease.
A nutritional assessment is then made, sometimes with the help of a questionnaire and appropriate laboratory tests, and dietary and lifestyle changes will be recommended, often supported by nutritional supplements based on individual needs and circumstances.
Through regular consultations and adjustments to the nutritional program, the aim is to work in a series of stages to nourish and support the body's innate healing processes with the aim of achieving an optimum state of health for the individual.
Functional Testing with Charlotte Heald and Kate Swaine is also available. These tests are invaluable and effective tools for investigating nutritional and other underlying imbalances within the body that may be contributing to your health concerns. Rather than look for the presence or absence of disease, as most NHS investigative tests do, these tests examine how well your body and/or specific organs and systems are functioning, in addition to measuring nutrient levels, and how they may be effecting your health.