What is Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy is a scientific, evidence based approach to improved nutrition to optimise an individual’s health. Nutritional Therapy aims to improve health and well-being and is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach, rather the nutritional therapist will gather a detailed history from both listening to the client and the use of a comprehensive health questionnaire and considers each individual as unique. Diagnostic laboratory testing may also be required to gain more detailed and in depth information needed to help the nutritional therapist to use a functional medicine model which aims to address the underlying causes of ill-health rather than focussing on purely relieving the symptoms.

This holistic approach allows nutritional therapists to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. They will recommend a personalised nutrition and lifestyle programme.

 

How it can help – General Health concerns

 

  • Nutritional Ther­apy can help you understand how what you are eating is affecting your health and well-being.
  • It will teach you how to nourish your mind and body by understanding the nutrients you need - particularly relating to your lifestyle and health conditions.
  • Recommendations may include optimising your digestive health, improving your energy levels, balancing your hormones and generally to improve your vitality and a sense of wellness.

 

Nutritional Therapists will never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ 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.

 

It is important to choose a fully qualified, professionally accredited nutritional therapist who is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT), so you can be confident that they follow a strict code of Professional Practice and meet the membership entry criteria found at this link: www.bant.org.uk/bant

 

 

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