What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is 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 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 consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalized nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. 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. 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.
Why Use It?
Nutritional Therapists recognise that each person is an individual with unique requirements and take time to devise a personalised nutrition plan rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. When was the last time you had 90 minutes dedicated to just you? You don’t need a specific health concern for nutritional therapy to be beneficial, you might also use it to ensure you are on track with healthy eating or weight loss.
It is useful to:
- Improve nutritional status
- Assist in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels
- Improve energy levels
- Promote weight management
- Support optimal digestion
- Promote tolerance to a wide range of foods
- Support skin health
- Maintain emotional and psychological wellbeing and stabilise mood
- Support hormone balance
- Support fertility
- Provide individual health education