Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional Therapists 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 support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional Therapy is a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.
Nutritional Therapists are uniquely trained to understand how nutrients, other foods and lifestyle factors influence the function of the body by considering biochemical individuality in a patient centred manner.
It seeks, through a functional approach, to identify core clinical imbalances that underlie various disease conditions.
Functional medicine is personalised medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease. The patient’s story is a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to encourage the body’s natural healing and immune processes, boost energy levels, improve mental well-being, restore vitality and achieve optimum health.