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Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine based in the application of nutrition science to support and promote health. It is appropriate for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those seeking to enhance their health and sense of wellbeing via a personalised nutrition plan.
The main focus of Nutritional Therapy is to promote wellbeing and optimum health by balancing and maintaining the function, structure and energy processes of the different body’s systems. This may include:
Balance the endocrine or hormonal system
Achieve healthy and sustainable weight
Optimise and support energy levels
Maximise fitness and sports performance
Support the inner ability to adapt to lifestyle pressures
Balance the nervous system
Promote healthy digestion
Increase vitality and boost brain function
Nutritional Therapy is not a replacement for medical advice and practitioners believe in collaborative and integrative care. They will liaise as necessary with those involved in the client´s healthcare such Medical Doctors and/or Consultant, to explain any nutritional therapy program that has been provided.
The Nutritional Therapy process
Prior to the consultation, the client will be asked to complete a health and nutrition questionnaire which serves as first clinical assessment to analyse the client’s lifestyle, dietary habits, medical and family history, current symptoms, and food preferences. During the consultation the practitioner will ask further questions and interventions such as dietary modification, supplements and functional testing will be discussed to help develop a more appropriate and accurate programme.
Then, based in extensive nutritional science research a suitable dietary programme will be provided to help support and optimise the client’s health according to individual needs.
Follow-up consultations are generally held after four to six weeks in order to monitor the process and make any necessary adjustments. Your practitioner will support you in every step and further follow-ups may be required depending on individual needs.
Choosing a practitioner
When looking for a practitioner always check that is a member of BANT and the CNHC. These professional associations will assure you that they have been trained to National Occupational Standards, that they are fully insurance and that their knowledge is up-to-date.