WHAT IS NUTRITIONAL THERAPY

 

“LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE, AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD”
— HIPPOCRATES
 

Nutritional therapy focusses on food being the core stimulus to heal both the body and mind.

The nutrients we deliver to our bodies via the food we eat can have either a positive or a negative effect. Nutritional therapy allows an individual to a take a conscientious approach to what they eat in order to achieve optimum health and vitality.

As the pressures of modern life such as long work hours, deadlines and eating on the run mount up, the strain we place on the body leads to an increased likelihood of burnout. Yet the importance of how we should sustain ourselves under pressure takes a back seat. Reaching for ready meals and snacks are a quick fix, but these foods tend to have low nutritional value.

Although we are eating, we are not giving the body the essential building blocks required to maintain a healthy existence. Nutritional therapy looks to remove foods that cause adverse effects and instead select food and supplements to give the body the nutrients it needs to thrive. This does not mean cutting out all the foods you enjoy but about making simple, practical changes that become a way of life. You are firmly in control.

Nutritional Therapists use various tools to assess and identify nutritional imbalances to understand how contributing factors affect an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. Only by working with an individual can a Nutritional Therapist influence nutritional balance. In simple terms, a Nutritional Therapist looks beyond an isolated condition, and will treat the person as a whole. The knock-on effect is overall well-being.

Historically, medication has been prescribed to address a particular condition. However, it is becoming more apparent that nutrition and lifestyle changes support long-term health. Any age group can adopt these and the benefits are reflected in all the major systems of the body; digestive, endocrine, reproductive, excretory, skeletal, immune, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular and integumentary.

With nutritional therapy you will work with your therapist to design a realistic programme that will help you reach your health goals. The approach is personal and tailored to your specific needs and adjusts to your environment.

Nutritional therapy consultations typically look to achieve optimum energy levels, healthy blood-sugar balance, emotional and psychological wellbeing, optimum gastrointestinal health, alleviating hormonal imbalances and intolerance to a broad range of food groups.

We are all different and there is no one-size-fits-all approach, but Nutritional Therapy can help with the following conditions:

•    Weight management

•    Stress management

•    Energy levels

•    Food cravings

•    Allergies and intolerances

•    Digestive disorders

•    IBS

•    Hormonal healthcare

•    Mood Imbalances

•    Boosting immunity

•    Preconception care and fertility

•    Pregnancy

•    Skin conditions

•    Performance nutrition

•    PMS

•    Menopause

•    Female health

•    Male health

•    Chronic fatigue

•    Eating disorders

All the pressures of modern life, such as working long hours, deadlines, eating on the run and the speed at which we live, can cause the quality of food to become less important. This unfortunately puts a strain on the body and in the long run may give rise to ailments. Most supermarkets are stocked with ready meals and snacks, which are more often than not low in nutritional value. In turn, even though we are eating, we are not giving the body the building blocks needed to maintain health and vitality. Nutritional therapy uses food and supplements to give the body the nutrients it needs to thrive, while investigating the foods that may be causing adverse effects. Following a nutritional therapy programme does not mean you have to cut out all the foods you enjoy! It’s about making simple, practical changes that become a way of life; to put you back in control and give you a natural balanced focus.

With nutritional therapy you will work with your therapist to design a realistic programme that will help you reach your health goals. The approach is personal and tailored to your specific needs and adjusts to your environment.

 

What you can expect

We are all different and Nutritional therapy is tailored to your individual needs. A nutritional therapist will assess the nutritional needs unique to you and your personal situation with the aim to achieve optimal physiological function.

This will usually mean a lifestyle change, but is dependent upon how comfortable you are with adapting. The goal is to achieve optimum health although it is also important to strike the right balance for you. No one wants to be miserable. Whilst immediate improvements are common, the body does take time to adjust. 

 

What are you looking to achieve?

If you are looking to optimise your own health or deal with a specific health condition or maybe you are you looking to inspire people within your workplace optimise their own health and increase productivity. Do you want to ensure that your serve nutritious food with a variety of different food options or want to devise a tailor made workshop for your clients or friends. Are you a start-up food company who needs help with understanding the nutritional impact of what you are taking to market, then please drop me an email. I'd be more than happy to help you.