"Let Food Be Thy Medicine And Medicine Be Thy Food"...
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy promotes and supports personalised optimal health and wellness through the application of nutrition science, using current scientific evidence-based research.
Nutritional therapy practitioners are trained to identify an individual's potential biochemical and nutritional imbalances which may be contributing to symptoms or health issues.
Practitioners work with individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those seeking support to enhance health and well-being using a personalised and staged approach. The individual's circumstances and lifestyle are taken into consideration, rather than a conventional "one size fits all" approach.
Nutritional therapy is a complementary therapy and not an alternative to medicine or a replacement for medical advice. A practitioner will always refer a client with 'red flag' symptoms and signs to their medical professional, often working alongside and liaising with other healthcare professionals to ensure safe practice and to meet the client's specific needs.
What's the Difference between a Nutritional Therapist and a Dietitian or Nutritionist?
A Dietitian will mostly work in the NHS (although some work privately) and are able to prescribe a particular diet for a specific illness or disease. They are regulated by law to maintain standards.
A Nutritionist typically works for food companies and research or food-related industry but are not trained to consult individuals to assess specific issues. Their work is more focused on advice regarding food products, labelling or nutrition science.
A Nutritional Therapist is similar to a Dietitian as they can consult individuals but differ as they use a functional approach with a tailor-made programme as described above. As the title 'Nutritional Therapist' is not currently protected by law, it is essential to ensure that you see an approved therapist registered with BANT and the CNHC. They will have undergone extensive training to gain accreditation and are required to carry out annual Continuing Professional Development to maintain standards whilst abiding by specific codes of conduct to remain certified.
Why Nutritional Therapy?
Perhaps you are suffering with a chronic condition, or have had tests but have been informed that all results are normal with nothing to worry about and yet you still have symptoms and don't feel 100%.
Perhaps you have low levels of particular vitamins and minerals or have a diet which is imbalanced, maybe with unhealthy fats, too little protein or refined carbohydrates. You may be making a change to your diet and need support, perhaps you are wondering how to eat a more plant-based diet but want to make sure you are receiving all the nutrients you need. Or you may be needing support through a particular life stage.
A Nutritional Therapist can help to identify your particular vitamin and mineral needs and support you in making changes to your diet and lifestyle using a natural and staged approach to begin your journey to health and wellness.
A Registered Nutritional Therapist will look at your personal and family history, question you about current and past symptoms, look at your diet and lifestyle, evaluate your nutritional status, offer functional testing if appropriate and work with you to provide a personalised plan. They are professionally trained in dietary change, food plans, recipes and shopping ideas, functional testing, supplements and lifestyle management.