What is nutritional therapy?
Nutritional therapy is described as the application of nutrition science in order to promote individual care, health and optimal performance.
It is today recognised as a complementary medicine and can be beneficial for both individuals with chronic conditions as well as individuals who would like to achieve optimal health and enhanced performance.
As a nutritional therapist all individuals are treated as unique and the nutrition and lifestyle recommendations given are tailored and personalised to each individual. By using a wide range of tools to investigate and identify potential nutritional and bodily imbalances, these imbalances can be supported and individuals may see an improvement of their symptoms.
My practice has a functional medicine approach, where the aim is to find the root cause of an individual's health concerns rather than focusing on just treating the symptoms. By addressing the root cause instead of just treating the symptoms presented, the complexity of health concerns and potential imbalances can begin to be identified.
One symptom often has several causes and one cause can lead to several symptoms or health concerns.
Functional medicine can in this way help bring an understanding of symptoms and health concerns and how it is all connected.
This is facilitated by using pattern recognition, taking a thorough client history and, at times, also through functional testing.
Find out more about functional medicine here.
Nutritional therapy is not just about healthy eating, it relies on science and the latest research and evidence available and is a safe and effective therapy.
Who may benefit from nutritional therapy?
Whether you are looking to increase energy and improve performance, manage weight, improve general wellbeing or you are suffering from symptoms of ill health or chronic health conditions, physical as well as psychological- seeing a nutritional therapist can be beneficial.
It is important to note that a nutritional therapist will never promote nutritional therapy as a substitute and replacement for medical advice. If an individual presents with undiagnosed symptoms which raise concern, so called 'red flags', the individual will be referred to see their medical professional.
This does not mean that a nutritional therapist and a medical professional cannot work alongside each other. Having an open and honest dialogue between health professionals will often further aid an individuals' improvement.
What is the difference between a registered nutritional therapist & a nutritionist?
Working as a nutritional therapist includes seeing clients on a 1-2-1 basis in clinic, giving individualised personalised nutrition and lifestyle advice.
On the other hand, nutritionist work is non-clinical and can for example include work in the food industry, scientific research as well as government work.
Due to the difference between the work involved in these nutrition professions these terms are used separately depending on the work involved.
I am registered as a nutritional therapist with the British Association for Nutritional Therapy (BANT) but may use the job title nutritionist depending on the nature of each specific project and the work involved.
To find out more about nutrition titles visit BANT, my governing body.
Choosing a registered nutritional therapist
It is important to choose a registered nutritional therapist as this will ensure that the practitioner you choose has undergone all the appropriate and necessary training in order to fully understand the practice and the theory of nutritional therapy.
By choosing a nutritional therapist registered by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and British Association for Nutritional Therapy (BANT) you can be assured that they are qualified, fully insured, trained and keep up to date by attending continued personal development (CPD) events and that they also follow CNHC's code of conduct. I am a member of both BANT and CNHC and fully insured via Balens Ltd.