Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Registered 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.
Each individual is considered to be unique rather than applying a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Nutritional Therapy is complemented by using the Functional Medicine model, that addresses the whole person. This avoids the reductionist approach to health by understanding that all the bodies systems work together. In that same vein, each of us is more than our current health profile. Lifestyle, environment, genetics, diet, physical activity as well as past and present medical history all play a part in our health. A Nutritional Therapist works to identify the underlying causes of illness and disease to then support any imbalances by recommending personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes.
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. Nutritional therapy is not a replacement for medical advice. Practitioners 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.
Links to find out more:
The Nutritional Therapy consultation process is outlined here.
To learn more about the principles of Functional Medicine, click here.
The Functional Medicine model is now becoming more prominent in the U.S. and is repeatedly profiled on the Dr Oz Show, see here.