About Nutritional Therapy
Much like a rock, nutrition is at the very foundation and cornerstone of our health
Nutrition is a vital determinant of our well-being. If our nutritional status is poor then it can denote poor health, if it is good, it can promote optimal health. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. This is the founding principle on which Nutritional Therapy stands. It serves those who desire an optimal state of wellbeing, peak performance and good health, which has become difficult to obtain in this fast-paced and fast-food age.
Nutritional Therapy Explained
The professional body for Nutritional Therapy practitioners is the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT). BANT defines Nutritional Therapy as the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional Therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This Functional Medicine Approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health.
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. Practitioners never recommend Nutritional Therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. Nutritional Therapists will also frequently work alongside a medical professional, with the client’s permission and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any programme that has been provided.
Nutritional Therapy can help positively impact:
- Energy levels
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic degenerative disease
- Childhood development disorders
- Digestive and bowel disorders (including Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Food intolerances and allergies
- Mood imbalances
- Hormonal regulation
- Parasitic and fungal infections
- Pre-conceptual preparation/issues
- Skin conditions
- Stress management
- Weight loss and management
- Female health (including PMS and Menopause)
- Immunity resilience
- Natural detoxification