Food not only provides us with the nutrients we need for energy, growth and repair, but also the considerable range of compounds needed to support our immune systems, help in the detoxification of harmful substances, sustain our microbiomes and so on.
Our DNA, which produces the proteins that make life possible, are heavily influenced by the food we eat, so much so that food can alter which proteins are produced and how they are produced which affects the balance (homeostasis) of our internal environment. If we don't consume the nutrients our body needs our functioning may decline and we are at risk of dis-ease.
Simply put - our eating habits determine our state of health.
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is a complementary medicine practice that uses natural food, supplements, specific diets and lifestyle advice to help address a range of health issues.
It is informed by evidence from the field of nutrition science and is based on the philosophy of determining the underlying cause of an illness, rather than the treatment of symptoms. If we can determine the root cause and the drivers that are contributing to a problem, we can then understand WHY the body is imbalanced or in a state of dis-ease and devise a personalised nutrition and lifestyle plan specifically tailored to restore 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 environment also presents demands since we are exposed to pollutants, chemicals, artificial light and plastics, to mention just a few, all of which 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 PMS 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
- Nutrition support during cancer treatment
Or you might simply want a nutrition & lifestyle review to help increase general health and wellbeing.
What is involved?
Free 30 minute chat
I offer a free 30 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.
If you decide to go ahead with Nutritional Therapy, 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 initial consultation.
Initial consultation 90mins – £120
I take a full case history where we investigate all the body systems to understand the how and the why of your health issues. We will also discuss your current aims and health goals. I will need a list of all medications and supplements you may be taking.
I will then devise a suitable personalised plan to help rebalance your nutrient intake and adapt your lifestyle . I will explain any factors that might be a presenting barrier to your health or recovery. Functional laboratory testing may be recommended in certain circumstances to help ascertain your precise health 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 agree a plan of action.
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
Simple diet review 60 mins – £80
To review your current dietary intake or diet model and provide a nutrition report and tips with free 15 min follow up chat to check implementation.
Nutritional Therapy is a complementary practice and does not claim to diagnose, treat or cure any disease including cancer. The information provided by a Nutritional Therapy practitioner is not a substitute for medical advice and in some cases referrals to GPs or medical teams may be advised.
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