A comprehensive food-diary and health history is analysed within the context of an individual’s lifestyle, which can help to identify any underlying factors preventing a state of optimal wellness.
How it works - Dietary plans tailored to the individual
The varying needs and goals of the individual will also define their ‘optimum nutrition’, so advice – underpinned with evidenced based research – will be tailored to the individual, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ symptoms to their medical professional.
They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.
How it can help - General health concerns
- Nutritional Therapy can help you understand how your existing diet may be impacting your well-being.
- It will teach you how to nourish your mind and body by understanding the nutrients you need – specific to your lifestyle or health conditions.
- Recommendations may typically look to optimise digestive function, energy levels, hormonal balance or include guidance on supporting the liver’s detoxification pathways.
- They may include natural foods that better support the immune system or that simply help an individual to achieve vitality and a sense of wellness.
There are a wide range of laboratory functional tests that can be used to identify nutrient deficiencies or biochemical imbalance and where possible, NHS tests will be recommended.
It is important to choose a fully qualified, professionally accredited nutritional therapist who is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT), so you can be confident that they follow a strict code of Professional Practice, have indemnity insurance for clinical practice and meet the membership entry criteria found at this link: www.bant.org.uk/bant
DID YOU KNOW?…
. . . Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of Zinc? – which is a key modulator of our immune cells. Sprinkle milled seeds on yoghurts and salads.