What is Nutritional Therapy ?
We all know that to be healthy we should eat a balanced diet, in modest quantities and at regular intervals and combine it with regular exercise. Unfortunately life does not, for most people, turn out to be as simple as that. We are all individuals with individual needs. The food that one person thrives on, may give someone else terrible indigestion. Equally the diet that cures one persons arthritis might have no effect on someone else with the same condition. There are always many factors which need to be taken into consideration.
Nutritional Therapy is always personal and closely centred around the lifestyle, environment, needs and habits of the client. Nutritional consultants are trained to examine their client's entire lifestyle and make-up, not just what, when and how they eat, but how they sleep, how they work, what exercise they take and how they feel. Consultants are also skilled in nutritional science, including allergy testing, and through a process of elimination and education, can find out if their client is nutritionally imbalanced and if so, how to redress the balance.
The aim is to build up a complete, individual profile and then find a dietary and lifestyle programme to lead the client towards optimum health. Nutritional Therapy is certainly not a quick fix and a certain amount of motivation will be required on the client's part. Sometimes certain foods have to be given up for a period of time, to detect intolerances/allergies.
Nutrition - If you provide the body with the right conditions, it will heal itself. The body is a powerful self regenerating organism. It has all the necessary systems for regeneration, rejuvenation and rebuilding. It has an extremely efficient Immune System which is capable of fending off the most damaging invaders. So why is there disease? The very word means that the body is in a state of Dis-ease. It is certainly not being provided with the optimum conditions that is require to maintain itself healthily. Unless you provide your body with the right conditions, both mentally, physically and spiritually, it will not function at its optimum level. The triangle of mine, body and spirit represents the three inseparable components or our being and wellness. None of these factors can be effected with there being an effect on the other’s. Similarly, you cannot treat one without considering the others.
How is a Nutritional Therapy session conducted?
Personal one-to-one consultation includes a detailed lifestyle assessment as well as informal discussion. The Nutritional Therapy process will be explained in detail, questionnaires/lifestyle diaries will be given to the client which require completion.
Subsequent sessions will include lifestyle evaluation and a nutritional guidance plan which may include selective dietary abstinence for food intolerance testing.