Food provides the nutrients that not only give us energy and vitality but also contain medicinal properties that protect us from disease and help us recover when we get ill. Every time we ingest food or drink we are exposing ourselves to microbes, chemicals and hormones that can either feed disease or fight it. So how you feed yourself is vital.
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is a complementary medicine practice that uses natural food, supplements, specific diets and lifestyle advice to help address health issues ranging from general concerns to chronic conditions.
It is based on the multi-faceted field of nutrition science which is rooted in chemistry, biology and other emergent fields like ‘nutrigenomics’. It utilises functional testing where appropriate and is able to provide a person-oriented approach to restoring and optimising health.
Why is Nutritional Therapy relevant?
Our bodies have evolved numerous ingenious mechanisms to ensure our wellbeing and all we need to do to maintain health is to have quality sleep, regular exercise and ‘proper’ nutrition. However this is not as easy as it sounds since modern living often involves long working hours, high stress, reduced sleep, too little exercise and increasingly poor nutrition, any of which can become driving factors for the development of inflammation and chronic disease.
Our environments also presents demands in having to deal with exposure to pollutants, chemicals, artificial light and plastics to mention just a few, which all add to the daily ‘toxic load’ our bodies must process. It’s no co-incidence that the more detached we become from natural living and nature, the more our physical and mental health is challenged.
On the bright side, diet and lifestyle are two factors that we can readily modify to improve how we function. In fact nature and plants still hold the key for much of our medicine today and simply increasing the amount of natural, nutrient-dense foods in our diets can go a long way to stimulating our innate healing mechanisms to restore health.
Who can it help?
You may have symptoms relating to:
- Digestive issues
- Weight management problems
- Low energy & fatigue
- Stress and mood issues
- Poor sleep
- Bone health
- Skin conditions
- Aches and pains
- Hormone imbalances including menstrual or menopausal issues.
Or you may want support with a specific health condition such as:
- Diabetes/ blood glucose management
- Gut diseases – IBS and IBD
- Thyroid issues
- Autoimmune diseases.
Or you might simply want a nutrition & lifestyle review to help increase general health and wellbeing.
What is involved?
Nutritional Therapy aims to find the root cause of your symptoms taking the whole body into consideration. It involves gathering a comprehensive medical history with dietary intake to determine how this is linked to your symptoms or condition.
I offer a free 15 minute chat to understand what your health goals are and so that you can learn more about Nutritional Therapy to see if it will be of benefit.
Before the initial session, I will send a simple medical history questionnaire with a 5 day diet diary for you to complete and return a minimum 48 hours before your consultation.
Initial consultation 90mins – £120
I will take a full case history with dietary intake along with your aims and longer term goals. I will also need to know any medications you are taking.
I will then devise a suitable personalised nutrition and lifestyle plan to help rebalance your nutrient intake. We can discuss changes to the factors that might be a presenting barrier to health or preventing recovery. Functional laboratory testing may be recommended in certain circumstances to help ascertain your status and develop a more targeted approach. I will get your plan to you within 48 hours and we can discuss it via Zoom or telephone call to make sure it’s acceptable and you understand my rationale.
Follow up session 45 mins – £70 to review your progress and make adjustments to your nutrition plan as needed. You may need one or more of these depending on your health situation and they are typically 4-6 weeks apart.
Updated nutrition plans will be sent within 48hours
For simple diet review 60 mins £80 –to review your current dietary intake and provision of nutrition plan and free 15 min follow up chat to check implementation.
Contact me to book a call and find out more…