Good nutrition is the key that unlocks the body’s innate ability to heal and stay well.
Good nutrition is the key that unlocks the body’s innate ability to heal and stay well
A 2014 Government report, Living Well for Longer, revealed that out of the 5 top causes of deaths in the UK - cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and liver disease - responsible for approximately 150,000 deaths annually, two thirds could be prevented through early detection, lifestyle changes and nutrition. Unfortunately, many of us find the growing, often conflicting health advice, overwhelming making it harder to know where to begin our journey to health. This is where nutritional therapy can help.
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy is a science-based complementary therapy which aims to maximise one’s health potential through personalised nutritional and lifestyle changes. Nutritional therapy takes a holistic approach, focusing on finding the root cause of health concerns, rather than merely treating the symptoms. It considers digestion, hormonal and blood sugar balance, hydration, detoxification and nutritional status of the person to be at the core of optimal health, and uses nutrition to address imbalances and to promote wellness. Health is not merely the absence of disease but a state of complete harmony between body, mind and spirit. In order to achieve this, we need to shift healthcare from a disease-focused model aimed at treating conditions towards disease prevention and health optimisation.
The main tool in nutritional therapy is the use of wholesome, unprocessed, foods that promote healing and proper functioning of cells and organs, as well as the therapeutic effects of particular nutrients for specific ailments. By aligning nutrition with individual health needs, nutritional therapy aims to promote wellness and vitality.
How Can You Benefit from Nutritional Therapy?
Whether you are looking to be healthier, increase energy, lose weight, achieve better sleep, overcome sugar cravings, learn healthier eating habits, or are struggling with a chronic illness, nutritional therapy can help you to improve your health and to achieve your full potential.
I use a functional medicine approach to address symptoms and to understand the underlying cause(s) and imbalances in the body that contribute to disease, using a person-centered and systemic approach where all aspects of your health are considered including your medical history, health concerns, environmental exposure, current lifestyle and dietary intake. This will enable me to identify your unique needs. Treating the person as a whole, rather than focusing on conditions means that the response will be tailored to you, and you alone, and together we will agree on an achievable plan that will support your needs and health goals. Nutrition does not simply provide us with energy but it is the key that unlocks the body’s innate ability to heal and stay well.
What If I am Already Receiving Treatment from my Doctor?
A nutritional therapist will aim to work with your medical doctor in order to ensure you are on the most appropriate protocol to promote your health and to eliminate the risk of any drug/nutrient interaction. It is important to acknowledge that a nutritional therapist will not treat or diagnose disease but aims to support the body’s own ability to heal with nutrition, and will, therefore, refer on to a medical professional if deemed necessary. Although nutritional therapy acknowledges that medications may be a necessary course of action, as a complementary therapy, it can have a role to play in supporting with side-effects as well as increasing efficacy and maximising the effect of mainstream treatments.