Nutritional therapy is the application of nutritional science in order to alleviate health issues and promote optimum health. It is an approach that is beneficial for those with chronic conditions, as well as those simply looking to enhance their health, wellbeing or athletic performance.
Nutritional therapy focuses on the underlying causes of health issues, not just on a set of symptoms. It is holistic in its approach, addressing the whole person rather than specific organs or body systems, aiming to redress balance in the body using evidence-based yet natural nutrition and lifestyle choices.
Nutritional therapists believe that each individual is unique, having their own set of genes, environmental differences, and biochemical individuality. They use a wide range of tools to assess a person's nutritional needs to achieve normal physiological function. Recommendations include making personalized dietary and lifestyle changes based on the individual's unique nutritional requirements, rather than a 'one size fits all' approach.
Supplements and clinical testing may be recommended and these are discussed during the consultation. The cost of these is in addition to the consultation.
Clinical tests are always carried out by reliable and quality assured laboratories. They are most often non-invasive (stool, saliva) and can be carried out at home. They are typically used to assess:
- female, male hormone balance
- adrenal and thyroid issues
- cardiovascular health
- gastrointestinal health (including digestion, absorption, gut flora, intestinal yeast, helicobacter pylori, parasitology, colonic immunology, inflammation)
- immunity (including testing for food intolerance/allergy)
- nutritional status
- osteoporosis profile
This list is not exhaustive.