What is nutritional therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutritional science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional Therapy practically applies the latest theories and research in nutrition and health sciences to individuals seeking to manage chronic disease or promote optimum health.
Although it does not ‘treat’ named conditions Nutritional Therapy can help alleviate and manage a wide range of conditions and symptoms such as low energy and fatigue, digestive complaints, PMS, menopause, diabetes, allergies and asthma, weight management, skin conditions, arthritis, migraines, candida, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and can help improve the health outcomes of many individuals.
Nutritional Therapy recognises that each person is an individual with a unique physiological make-up and unique dietary and nutritional requirements. It also uses the Functional Medicine model which looks at the interactions between different systems of the body. A comprehensive case history is taken from each client covering current and past health concerns, current and past diet and lifestyle and family health. If the client so chooses, biochemical laboratory testing may also be used to help assess nutritional status, functional capacity and inherited strengths and weaknesses. Clients will then receive carefully compiled recommendations on diet and lifestyle. Recommendations by Nutritional Therapists may also include guidance on supporting digestion and absorption, natural detoxification, managing stress and the avoidance of allergens or toxins.
What to Expect
Client will complete a comprehensive questionnaire and 3-day food dairy and return it at least 48 hours prior to the consultation.
At the Consultation
The initial consultation may take 1 – 1½ hours, during which time a thorough case history is taken and the client’s requirements discussed. Individualised recommendations on diet, specific nutrients and lifestyle are then given including meal ideas, recipes and practical tips for moving towards a healthier lifestyle. This protocol will take into account the clients willingness and ability to make change and the resources available to them. It is a completely client-lead approach and often the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. In order to monitor progress and ensure the recommendations suit the client it may be necessary to return for a follow-up consultation which will usually last between 45 minutes and 1 hour. However, the aim is to give clients the knowledge and skills to manage their own health, so follow-ups are usually short term.
Please download the Nutritional Therapy Questionnaire and fill it out before attending one of our sessions.
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