What Is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is about understanding your body and increasing your sense of vitality, energy and ability to enjoy life. A Nutritional Therapist works with you to identify the underlying reasons for any health concerns you may have. Looking at how the body functions as a whole allows the Therapist to make connections between what you eat, how you live, your family history and the factors that have influenced your health.
Nutrition works to support all body systems for optimal health, including:
- Mind and mood
- Nervous system
- Energy systems
- Hormonal balance
- Relaxation mechanisms
The Role of a Nutritional Therapist
Nutritional Therapists recognise that each person is an individual with unique dietary and nutritional requirements. These requirements depend on a number of factors, ranging from inherited strengths and weaknesses to lifestyle and environment.
Nutritional Therapy is a process-driven modality where the Therapist works with the client to assess nutritional status and functional capacity in order to manage chronic health problems and advise on disease prevention. The Nutritional Therapist will take a comprehensive client history, and may use biochemical and other types of clinical assessment to formulate an individualised Nutritional Therapy programme that will include practical and realistic diet and lifestyle changes to build on at the right pace for the client, at the same time meeting the client's needs, personal tastes and budget.