What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. It is an evidence-based, holistic therapy. It combines the science of nutrition with natural drug free medicines.
Nutritional therapists follow the Functional Medicine approach to healthcare, which recognises that each of us is unique. Nutritional therapists design personalised diet and lifestyle programmes based on the specific needs of the individual rather than adopting a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
It is well accepted that improving diet and lifestyle habits is a key strategy for longterm health. Your diet, stress levels, sleep and exercise habits all make a difference to how you feel mentally and physically. They have this affect by influencing the functioning of all the major systems of the body. Nutritional Therapy aims to optimise the functioning of these systems. Rather than just addressing symptoms nutritional therapists look for the root cause of ill health by taking time to talk to you about your medical history and by carrying out laboratory tests.
The body does not function as a set of independently functioning organs but as a whole. Nutritional therapists view organs and systems of the body as part of an interconnecting web of physiological processes, which do not function in isolation. The constant balancing of physiological systems within the body is called homeostasis and the maintenance of homeostasis is key to good health.
Each of us has unique nutritional needs, based on our genetics, lifestyle and environmental exposure. Nutritional Therapy recognises biochemical individuality which allows personalisation of dietary advice based on the most up to date research available.
Root cause resolution
Rather than suppressing symptoms Nutritional Therapy aims to restore health and create lasting changes by identifying and addressing the underlying cause of ill health. Taking time to explore the complex network of interactions in your physiology, genetic profile, life history and current diet and lifestyle habits helps to establish the root cause of your health problems.
Specific laboratory tests of stool, blood, or saliva may be recommended as they provide information that can be key to identifying unique nutritional needs of individuals. These tests include assessment of hormones, gut health, stress levels, nutrient deficiencies, or genetic profiles.
Gathering information in this way, allows nutritional therapists to provide programmes specific to the needs of the individual to restore and maintain health.
Short-term, targeted supplementation with natural medicines can be used to support optimum nutrition and speed recovery.
“No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.” Maimonides, 12th Century Spanish philosopher
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