What is Nutritional Therapy?
Is your skin making you feel self-conscious?
Have you tried every diet under the sun but still can’t lose weight?
Are your digestive issues affecting your daily life?
Do you feel unnaturally exhausted?
Are your periods irregular and painful?
Have you got feelings of anxiety?
Nutritional therapy can help with a whole host of symptoms such as these. It looks at the underlying imbalances in your body and aims to address these as opposed to simply treating the symptom. So, for example, when you come to me for support with your eczema, there is every chance I’m going to ask you about your poop. It’s been shown there is a strong link between gut health and skin health, so by rebalancing your gut health you may start to see an improvement in your eczema symptoms.
Sounds simple doesn’t it? The problem is we are all unique. Our body is a finely tuned set of systems that, in an ideal world, all work in sync with each other. So when imbalances arise in one area it has a knock-on effect on others, leading to your own complex matrix of imbalances.
Even if all the clients I saw had gut imbalances, the likelihood is each one would have a different nutritional therapy plan taking into account their history, lifestyle, dietary preferences, genetics, environment, family history… and so much more.
My approach is very simple. I have a three step programme that I take my clients through
We look at how we can make changes to what and how you eat to support you in achieving your goals. As we work together over a period of 3 months we make any changes gradually to ensure they are sustainable. I will provide you with recipe ideas and suggestions for food swaps to help you take ownership of your new ways of eating.
The changes we make in step 1 may alleviate some or all of your symptoms. But often the root cause of your symptoms is much more complex and requires more specific interventions to address any imbalances. If relevant, we will use functional tests, such as stool tests or hormone tests, to get a good picture of what’s going on inside you.
This is an equally important step. Stress, poor sleep, lack of movement… these are just as important as food. If you aren’t prioritising you already, then now is the time to do just that.
Nutritional Therapist, Nutritionist, Dietician?
It's confusing, isn't it? There is so much conflicting advice out there how do you know who to trust?
Anyone can call themselves a nutritional therapist or nutritionist as they are not legally protected titles. Cue all those 'nutrition experts' on social media telling you about the latest must-have diet product or promoting the latest must-do diet trend. But only Registered Nutritional Therapists and Registered Dieticians are trained and qualified to see clients on a 1:1 basis.
The British Association of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) is a voluntary professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists. By registering with BANT I demonstrate that I have a high standard of education, as well as extensive training in a 1:1 clinical setting. As well as being registered with BANT, I am also governed by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is an independent UK register of complementary healthcare providers, setting the standards that Nutritional Therapists must meet.
Not sure if Nutritional Therapy is right for you? Fill in my application form so I can understand a bit more about you, and then I'll get in touch to discuss how my personalised approach could help you.
There is no obligation to work with me following this, but it's a great opportunity to have a chat and discover more about what I offer.