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Nutritional therapy is based on the scientific principle that food, as nature intended it, provides the nutrients needed to heal the body and to help bring us back to a state of optimum health and vitality. This is achieved through the consequence of metabolic homeostasis (where the individual maintains equilibrium in the throughput of energy to sustain body function, structure and information).
Nutritional Therapists (nutritionists) 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 approach allows Nutritional Therapists (nutritionists) to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health, i.e. A Nutritional Therapist (nutritionist) treats the person as a whole, and not the condition itself.
Although many health complaints require particular medication, it has been repeatedly shown that nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare supports the health of all the major systems of the body (digestive, endocrine, reproductive, excretory, skeletal, immune, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular and integumentary, AKA skin, hair and nails).
Ongoing studies have shown nutritional therapy can benefit all age groups. Typical priorities in nutritional therapy consultations include support 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.
People have many and varied requirements of a nutritional therapy appointment, and people often seek specialist support for their current health status. There are many conditions recognised as requiring unique nutritional recommendations to rebalance the body. Nutritional Therapy is generally considered to have a positive impact on the following:
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 nutritionist 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
A nutritional therapist (nutritionist) assesses a person’s nutritional needs to achieve normal physiological function. This means the maintenance of homeostasis, a position of wellbeing we all seek, but many fail to achieve.
Nutritional therapy is not a one pill wonder: it is a change in lifestyle to bring your body back to optimum health. Although you may see some immediate improvements it can take the body time to come back into balance.
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What are you looking to achieve?
Would you like to optimise your own health or deal with a specific health condition or goal? Are you looking to inspire your workplace to optimise their own health and therefore increase productivity? Do you want to ensure your staff canteen offers nutritious and healthy food options as well as caters for vegetarian/vegan diets or gluten/dairy allergies? Do you have a group of people with the same health interests that would benefit from a tailor-made workshop?
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