What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is the art of balancing cutting-edge Nutrition and Health Science with Personal Coaching Skills to build optimal health.
Based on the functional medicine approach, it takes into account that while our genes may create the potential for certain diseases and illnesses, these conditions can only become manifest if triggered by dietary and lifestyle factors.
This is evident in today’s biggest health problems - chronic fatigue, insomnia, fibromyalgia, stress, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. Study after study has now shown that the correct diet, lifestyle and nutritional medicine can prevent these from occurring and assist in recovery.
Therefore, the most crucial factor for dealing with a chronic illness, optimising performance and building robust health is diet and lifestyle. So where do you begin and how do you get the results you desire?
Chronic illness can be tough to deal with. When we are healthy it’s easy to stay that way if we are conscious of our dietary and lifestyle choices. But once we fall into ill health it takes a lot more intervention to get us back on track.
An example would be type 2 diabetes. A normal person needs 200mcg of chromium per day to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, but a person with diabetes would need 500mcg to have a therapeutic effect and allow them to recover. And of course, many other dietary factors would have to be taken into account too.
While it’s easy to find health information these days in books and on the internet, it’s difficult to know if this advice will be effective or appropriate for you. Finding the ‘right’ information can be difficult in a sea of sometimes generic or contradicting advice. Some plans are complicated and overly restrictive, while others are ineffective. You have your own personal web of conditions and lifestyle factors, so trying to find what works for you may be overwhelming.
Conventional medicine does not allow much time to get to know the patient, nor is it equipped to deal effectively with chronic illness. The average ‘consultation’ with a GP is 5 minutes. This provides no time to understand the reasons why the patient has arrived at their state of ill health.
Doctors will take a note of the symptoms, make a diagnosis and match up the symptoms with a drug which may come with side-effects. But without getting to the root cause, the illness will only get worse over-time and the medicine may become less effective.
In contrast, a Nutritional Therapist works with you holistically, treating you with natural medicine. True healing requires detective work and that requires taking the time to understand your unique set of circumstances.
Though taking a detailed account of all aspects of your health we can get to the root cause of your condition. Only then can we use diet, supplements and lifestyle changes to bring you back to balance. The result is wellness due to improved health rather than just suppressing the symptoms. We aim to build robust health that is symptom-free.
The Nutritional Therapy Process
The first consultation may take up to 90 minutes as we need to ask you more specific questions regarding your health. We then need to formulate a picture of what’s going on for you and we’ll share this information with you so that you can better understand your condition. We’ll then agree with you on certain protocols with the aim of relieving symptoms and beginning to build long-lasting health.
After a set period of time, we’ll meet again and discuss how you have got on. We’ll then spend time working on a new protocol to further build your health. These follow-up sessions last anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour and each session builds on the last. You’ll continue to feel better as we proceed. As we work on each health concern you’ll notice other benefits too, such as increased energy and mental clarity.
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