About Nutritional Therapy
Nutritional therapists aim to alleviate and prevent ailments by making dietary recommendations and by using supplements. Research in nutritional therapy suggests that there are nutritional and biochemical imbalances in the body that lead to ill health.
They make recommendations to restore balance, which may include guidance on avoiding certain toxins and allergens, detoxification and the use of supplementary nutrients such as high-dose vitamins.
Nutritional therapy can be used for people with chronic health conditions or those who want to improve their general health and lifestyle.
Nutritional Therapy treats the body as a whole while seeking the root source of health concerns, rather than simply treating the symptoms.
Nutritional Therapy – A Complementary Medicine
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.
It may be used alongside conventional treatment, meaning nutritional therapists often have contact with other healthcare professionals.
Nutritional therapists focus on the link between health and diet, with an emphasis on identifying the root cause of a health problem. Fatigue, for example, could be caused by a food sensitivity, or blood sugar imbalance. Then again, it could also be caused by an underactive thyroid, or adrenal imbalance. Digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome can be triggered by any number of causes, from food sensitivities to stress, from poor gut bacteria to parasites. Once the cause has been identified, the therapist can work out a programme to address the situation.
Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body (skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory, endocrine, immune, reproductive and integumentary [skin, hair, nails]).
Nutritional Therapy practice is science and evidence-based and up-to-date. It uses a practical framework which facilitates individualised nutrition and lifestyle programmes by using a wide range of tools to assess health status.