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What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy looks at the diet of the client to achieve their optimum health.
Diet has always been important to achieve good health, but in the early 20th century, biochemists were able to isolate minerals and vitamins to understand their importance in diets. Research was also able to understand the role of enzymes, amino acids, the friendly bacteria in healthy digestion, antioxidants in preventing cancers and slowing the signs of ageing.
How does Nutritional Therapy work?
"We are what we eat" is a phrase which generally gives a basic understanding of the concept of nutritional therapy.
The body requires both macro and micro nutrients in order to achieve good health. Macronutrients are proteins (including amino acids), carbohydrates (starches and sugars), fibre and fats (including the essential fatty acids).
In the modern times, poor diet, decrease of nutrients in the soil, increase in the consumption of junk food, global pollution, chemical farming methods and stressful lifestyles have all helped to reduce the level of nutrients in the diet.
If the body is not given the right nutrition necessary for good health, disease can occur. If foods are being consumed that the body is allergic to,or the food is rich in chemicals, stomach cramps, vomiting or diarrhoea may occur. A nutritional therapist will help to find out what is the cause of disease or discomfort in the body.
What does Nutritional Therapy treatment involve?
A nutritional therapy session normally lasts about 60 to 90 minutes. There is normally a couple of follow-up appointments (about 60 minutes in length) to assess progress and make adjustments to the diet if necessary. These are usually at least a month apart after the initial appointment. The total number of sessions required will depend on the individual.
After taking medical details and discussing the reason for the session, the nutritional therapist may take hair samples, check gut permeability and carry out allergy testing. They will then look at the client's individual diet and their lifestyle, each person is unique so their personal dietary requirements will vary. The nutritional therapist will then recommend adjustments in the diet and eating habits of the client.
Sometimes, a nutritional therapist will need to help a client find out what is causing an allergic reaction or discomfort, but eliminating certain foods and then gradually reintroducing them to determine what is causing the reaction. This programme may take a few months, in order for the body's reactions to be correctly observed and the offending substance identified correctly.
What can Nutritional Therapy help?
Acne, allergies, arthritis, asthma, bloating, candida, chronic fatigue syndrome (ME), coeliac disease, constipation, detox diet, depression, eczema, endometriosis, fertility, fibroids, food intolerances, persistent colds, hayfever, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, indigestion, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), insomnia, irritable bowel symdrome (IBS), energy levels, osteoporosis, menopause, migraines, headaches, PCOs, PMS, nutrition during pregnancy, psoriasis, sports nutrition, anxiety, thyroid issues, weight loss or gain, vegetarian and vegan healthy diets.