What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional science recognises that the benefit of food goes far beyond calories, carbohydrates, protein and fats. The food we eat contains complex molecules that have a profound effect on our health. Food is information, and each mouthful triggers a signal that creates good health or bad health.
Nutritional Therapy is a recognised complementary therapy, which applies principles from the latest research in nutritional science to support these systems and promote optimum health and peak performance.
Nutritional therapists help identify potential nutritional imbalances and how they can contribute to symptoms by using a functional medicine approach. This approach considers how factors such as diet, exercise, external stressors, our beliefs and past history and internal metabolic processes have an impact on the health of all the systems of our body, not just on one system.
There is a famous quote by Hippocrates
“It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.” – Hippocrates (c. 460 BC – c.370 BC)
I take time to gather a detailed history from each client, working with them in a two way process to understand their challenges and unique path to suboptimal health. I then work with them to create a personalised plan, rather than providing a “one size fits all” prescription. Many clients appreciate the education and care that comes with nutritional therapy in order to understand what is happening in their body.
Everyone has different nutritional needs depending on age, lifestyle and health concerns and as a nutritional therapist, I work closely with my clients to put a tailor-made plan in place that works for them. This includes dietary and lifestyle changes, and where appropriate, nutritional supplements. I also recommend non-invasive laboratory testing where necessary, to help identify underlying imbalances.
In essence, nutritional therapy, using a functional medicine approach is about the whole person and bringing them into balance, which can be summed up as the following:
REMOVE what causes imbalance
PROVIDE what creates balance
We seek to remove poor diet, food sensitivities, stress, toxins, infections and allergies.
We seek to replace good food and drink, relaxation, restoration, sleep, movement, light, water and fresh air, purpose, community, connection and love!
Descriptor from the Institute for Functional Medicine 2018
Functional medicine emphasises a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels, rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis. Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function.
The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches health care professionals how to apply these principles in practice through an intensive 5-day training course called Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice™.
I attended and completed the AFMCP™-UK training in London in 2018.