What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy uses the science of nutrition in the promotion of health. Nutritional Therapists 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 us to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional Therapy 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. Each person is considered to be unique and we recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
What conditions can Nutritional Therapy help with?
Nutritional Therapy can support a whole range of conditions including; allergies, asthma, arthritis, depression, constipation, frequent infections, hypertension, infertility, PMS, skin conditions, stress, eczema, diabetes, hormone imbalances, low energy, menopause, sleep disorders and weight issues. These are just a few examples – nutrition affects every system in the body so many conditions can be helped!
What can you expect in a consultation?
Prior to the initial consultation I will send you a short questionnaire to complete along with a 3 day food diary. Our initial consultation will last for approximately 1 ¼ hours where I will ask you in more detail about current health concerns, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, medical history, family history, lifestyle, levels of physical activity, use of medications, supplements and diet. All your answers form pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that will help me to identify your individual needs and put together a personalised, safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme that will include;
• Dietary recommendations
• Lifestyle suggestions
• Supplementation (if required)
• Possible testing either with your GP or privately (discussed in the consultation)
• Recipes and support materials (if required)
Follow up consultations are generally after 4-6 weeks in order to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments.
Who is Nutritional Therapy for?
Nutritional Therapy is for anyone who is interested in improving their current and future health status. Nutritional Therapy supports how we feel in our body, in our mind and in our day to day life. It is about stepping into our potential through optimum nutrition and adopting a lifestyle that nourishes us in order to our lives fully.
Does my GP need to know?
Consultations are always confidential, although I will ask for your permission at the start of the consultation to contact your GP on your behalf if necessary. For example, if any ‘red flags’ appear during the consultation or if we need to monitor your medication more frequently. Nutritional therapy is never recommended as a replacement for medical advice.
I am a full member of The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) which is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists and also the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).