“Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns.
This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help to support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing”.
BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy)
In more detail…
Nutritional Therapy is an ‘individual-centred’ approach to healthcare that employs assessment and intervention using nutritional, lifestyle-based and related health sciences in order to assist an individual to optimise his or her physiological, emotional, cognitive and physical function.
Wellbeing and good health are a consequence of metabolic homeostasis, where the individual maintains equilibrium in their throughput of energy to retain body function, structure and information. Supporting homeostasis is the key focus of nutritional therapy, which in turn recognises that diet and lifestyle are among the factors that most profoundly influence it. Homeostasis is maintained by the continual adjustment of biochemical and physiological pathways by both endogenous and exogenous means.
Nutritional Therapy Consultations
In a typical nutritional therapy consultation, the therapist will assess the individual’s general health , family history, dietary habits, digestive function and lifestyle. In doing so, the therapist may undertake or commission specific functional tests. The therapist and client will work together to devise a dietary and lifestyle plan suitable for the individual’s circumstances. This may include dietary adjustments, lifestyle changes and food or botanical supplement recommendations.
Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been repeatedly shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body (skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory, endocrine, immune, reproductive and integumentary [skin, hair, nails]). Typical priorities in nutritional therapy consultations are support to achieve optimum energy levels, healthy blood sugar balance, emotional and psychological wellbeing, optimum gastrointestinal health and tolerance to a broad range of food groups.