The genes that you inherit from both parents play a large part in determining your health. But so does the food that you eat, the environment that you live in and the way that you live your life. A nutritional therapist aims to optimise your health by addressing your diet. Often small changes can make a significant difference.
Poor diet may play a significant part in the development of diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease and in conditions such as obesity, hypertension, asthma, eczema, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel and depression. Improving your nutritional status may increase your energy, athletic performance, memory and reduce menopausal symptoms and will give you a greater sense of overall well-being. Of particular importance is your diet during pregnancy to ensure optimal health for your growing child. Injury, inflammation and immune support may be aided through nutrition. Maximise your health through diet with professional nutritional advice.
What Is Nutritional Therapy?
Eating healthily is about improving our health through the food that we eat. The idea of food being used as medicine is as old as the early Greek physicians but we are now learning to use food very specifically to aid health. A diet high in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids may improve heart function and energy levels, ease joint pain, support the immune system and help you recover from injuries.
It is easy to eat an imbalanced diet based on so many food choices and a busy life. The digestive system isn’t interested in a perfect red apple or a chocolate bar, it is solely concerned with what nutrients and chemicals it has to break down and digest. Informed advice will help you make better food choices and improve your health; no “faddy” fashions but scientific facts about the correct balance of nutrients that your body needs to build health and recover from illness.
The word supportive is important. Good nutritional advice is supportive of the body and a trained nutritional therapist will work with the patient’s GP, or with other therapists and practitioners, to provide the best results. Whether you want to train harder, reduce your cholesterol or improve your energy or menopausal symptoms, food has a vital role to play.
Improve your nutrition and your health through good nutritional advice. Let medicine be your food and food be your medicine.
The Consultation Process
The nutritional consultation is based on a detailed questionnaire filled in by the client and practitioner together, along with a food diary and any medical tests results that are available. The initial consultation takes an hour and follow-up reviews take half an hour. The practitioner will draw up an individual nutritional plan highlighting foods that need to be added to the diet to repair the body as well as foods that need to be reduced or removed temporarily. Often just one or two small changes will make a huge difference.
What about Supplements?
Supplements are only suggested where there is an obvious deficiency shown by the patient’s symptoms or medical tests. Medical tests can be arranged and are a useful tool in a targeted programme of recovery. Tests can be performed through the patient’s GP if there is sufficient rationale for suggesting them, otherwise they can be performed privately. This practitioner uses Biolab Medical Unit and Genova Diagnostic Laboratories.
…All in all, I think that getting good nutritional advice definitely helped me through my challenge both leading up to it and during…