Nutritional therapy is the art of using food and supplements to help to change and support the biochemistry in the body. A nutritional therapist will work with you to clarify your health goals, to ascertain your physical needs by taking a detailed health history and by appropriate testing if required, and to take into account your personal lifestyle. It is important to find a solution that will work for you body and also be practical and able fit into your lifestyle. There are usually several ways to achieve the same thing and this what you and your therapist would discuss. Everybody needs to eat and so it makes sense to get the optimum benefit from your food and lifestyle to enhance anything else you are choosing to do for yourself.
How does Nutritional Therapy work?
There are a number of different factors which can influence how well your body uses the food you ingest. Firstly, we need to see if your digestive system is working well, and if not, how we can improve it. It is not uncommon to find people who have compromised digestive systems due to the stresses and strains of modern life. Having good digestion means you will receive the benefit of the food you eat.
The quality of the food you eat, when you eat, what you do, and the ratio of the different food groups can all influence how well your body utilises your food. It should be possible to fine tune what you are doing to give you greater benefit. It can be an empowering experience to appreciate the extra energy and vitality you can experience by tweaking or changing your diet in a more dramatic way.
It also helps to have somebody to discuss different approaches with, as there is much conflicting information in the public domain and this can be disheartening when trying to do the best for yourself and your health.
Conditions that may benefit from Nutritional Therapy:
- Digestive complaints such as IBS, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, indigestion
- Fertility support, including IVF
- Immune system support or rebalance
- Sleep issues
- Hay fever, allergies, coughs and colds
- IBS, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, indigestion
- Pain relief, muscular & skeletal pain, arthritis
- Migraines & headaches
- Menopausal Symptoms.
- Painful periods, irregular periods, PMS
- Stress, anxiety, or depression
- Lifestyle conditions like cardiovascular support & palpitations
- Almost any health condition will benefit from additional energy and ample nutritional resources
How many sessions will I have?
This will depend on your symptoms. Generally, your nutritional therapist will suggest coming for 1 to 3 sessions initially to fine tune and make the changes your body is able to do at a comfortable manner. After this, you may be able to maintain your current lifestyle, or you still have health goals you would like to address. Usually your treatments occur every month and then can spread out to every 2-4 months as your symptoms improve. Your nutritional therapist will talk to you about this and will work with you in a way that suits your and your circumstances.