What is Nutritional Therapy?
Who is it suitable for?
Nutritional therapy is relevant for pregnant women wishing to optimise their health for the healthy development of their baby. Likewise, nutritional therapy is suitable for clients presenting with migraines to avoid specific food allergens and take specific nutrients to address the underlying inflammation.
Nutritional therapy is a scientific research tool to ascertain the underlying causes of all diseases - we know from epigenetics research that our genetics loads the gun, but our environment pulls the trigger. Therefore, if we can change our cellular environment by eating the right foods, with the right levels of essential nutrients and rid our bodies of any toxicities, we can address many conditions including gut issues e.g. IBS, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, migraines, multiple sclerosis, musculoskeletal diseases, poor immunity, anxiety and depression to chronic fatigue. The list is endless, but the important thing is to understand is that food and micronutrients can make an enormous difference to symptom control as well as your strength, stamina and general wellbeing.
What happens during a session?
Clients generally book 3 - 5 sessions - the first for a full medical history to be taken from birth to present time, to understand your main health goals and current symptoms from which key nutritional guidance is given to get you started.
Laboratory tests are conducted to establish nutrient deficiencies, metal toxicity and food intolerances. The results inform a specifically tailored therapeutic nutrition programme.
Some clients require chelation programmes to detoxify the body of toxic metals, while others require nutrient programmes to heal leaky gut, reduce inflammation and pain in the body, or support musculoskeletal repair.
All therapeutic nutrition programmes are monitored, so clients are supported to achieve their wellness goals.
Nutritional therapy is integrated alongside conventional medicine and craniosacral therapy sessions to diagnose the underlying causes of symptoms at a biochemical level and rebalance your body with a specifically tailored therapeutic diet and natural nutrients.
Research shows us that many conditions are due to nutrient deficiencies and/or metal toxicities. Deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals can cause many health problems, which is why doctors prescribe folic acid during pregnancy, vitamin B12 to maintain energy levels, vitamin D3 to boost the immune system and iron for anaemia.
The same is true with toxic metals for example toxins from cigarette smoking can cause foetal abnormalities, aluminium can cause dementia and mercury toxicity can cause many symptoms from anxiety, to muscle weakness, to impaired cognition.
So, it's important to find out your nutrient and toxicity levels as well as any food intolerances and have a tailor-made nutrition plan to optimise your health.