What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition and health science to enable individuals to optimise their health potential.
It is client centered and a systems based biology approach that focuses on finding the root cause of ill health.
Nutritional Therapy may help to alleviate a wide range of conditions and support recovery using food and – where appropriate – dietary supplements.
It is intended to compliment medicine and to support your medical practitioner’s diagnosis and treatment plan. Dietary changes may be made under the supervision of a medical doctor.
It promotes the benefits of good, wholesome, unprocessed foods for optimal well being, as well as the therapeutic effects of particular foods for specific health conditions.
What is a Nutritional Therapist?
A qualified Nutritional Therapist is someone who holds a 3 year diploma in Nutritional Therapy and is trained in basic biochemistry, physiology and pathology as well as supervised clinical practice. As such, a Nutritional Therapist is qualified to work in private practice and see clients on a one to one or group basis.
A Nutritional Therapist offers personalised diet and lifestyle advice which is tailored to your individual health needs and goals. This includes carefully chosen dietary recommendations, practical meal suggestions and recipes as well as tips on how to incorporate the changes into your lifestyle.
How can Nutritional Therapy benefit me?
Nutritional Therapy is suitable for everyone, young and old, for those who would like to alleviate specific symptoms, as well as those who would just like to improve their overall health and wellbeing. In a nutshell, Nutritional Therapy helps you to identify the foods that make you look and feel your best.
What health concerns will benefit from Nutritional Therapy?
- Digestive Problems Constipation, Diarrhoea, bloating, IBS, Reflux, Food allergies/Intolerances, diverticulitis
- Weight problems Weight gain/inability to lose weight, sugar cravings, blood sugar imbalances, diabetes
- Cardio-Vascular Health Raised cholesterol, high blood pressure, Metabolic Syndrome
- Hormonal Imbalances/Women’s Health Infertility, PMS, PCOS, Endometriosis, Menopause symptoms, Recurring Thrush, Cystitis
- Skin Conditions Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea
- Mental health & General Wellbeing Low mood, Anxiety, Fatigue, Poor Concentration
- Autoimmune conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, that often do not respond to conventional medicine
What kind of diet & lifestyle advice can I expect to receive from a Nutritional Therapist?
As part of the consultation process, your Nutritional Therapist will go through your medical history and assess your current health status.
Your Nutritional Therapist will discuss personal health symptoms, needs and goals and devise a personalised nutrition plan on this basis. You will be offered personalised lifestyle advice which is tailored to your individual health needs and health goals. This includes carefully chosen dietary recommendations, practical meal suggestions and recipes as well as tips on how to incorporate the changes into your lifestyle.
Your Nutritional Therapist will work with you to devise a meal plan that is nutritionally balanced, practical, enjoyable and sustainable. If any foods need to be reduced or eliminated for a period of time, they will suggest viable alternatives that will maintain nutritional needs.
Where necessary, they may also prescribe natural supplements in safe doses e.g. probiotics and/or vitamins and minerals to help alleviate certain symptoms or optimise nutritional status. However, food is always the main part of the protocol.
How can I find a qualified Nutritional Therapist?
By using the NTOI Practitioner Directory you will find a NTOI certified Nutritional Therapist who is fully insured and up to date with clinical methods and the latest research. If you wish to check whether a practitioner is registered with the NTOI but not listed, send an inquiry through the contact form at the bottom of the page.
NT and Other Nutrition Professionals
Nutritional Therapists and Dietitians are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease. They advise people on what to eat in order to support a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal
One distinct difference is that Nutritional Therapists don’t work in hospital settings and are not trained in critical care nutrition management
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