Nutritional Therapy is:
- An integrated, personalized and scientific approach to healthcare.
- It draws on nutritional and biomedical knowledge to assess the factors that impact on an individual’s health.
- Nutritional therapy employs a critical and systems-based approach recognizing the interacting factors in the onset and development of disease.
- It recommends appropriate intervention(s) to optimize physiological and psychological performance.
- It recognizes that nutrition is essential for the structural integrity and functional capacity of living cells and the multiple ways in which cells interact inside an organism.
- Nutrition not only provides the building blocks and fuel to sustain life, growth and reproduction, but also helps body-and-mind to endure the challenges of diverse lifestyles or genetic backgrounds.
A nutrition plan tailored to a person’s unique requirements can promote optimum function of all the major body systems:
- Intergumentary (skin, hair and nails)
By addressing the potential nutritional imbalances that contribute to clinical symptoms, nutritional therapy can work in many levels, aiding the body’s homoeostatic mechanisms or the natural propensity for maintaining health.
Overall wellbeing, optimum energy levels and blood sugar balance are salient points of discussion in most consultations. Nutritional therapy can support you in various ways whether you are concerned about the demands of your particular lifestyle or you have difficulty in coping with weight management or you would like to optimize your performance in sports, or find your balance through minor illnesses and chronic conditions.
Acknowledgement of the importance of biochemical individuality is what makes nutritional therapy an empowering tool handed over by the qualified practitioner to each person so that they can meet their individual short-term and long-term health goals and needs.
What NT is and is not meant to be
Nutritional Therapy is NOT meant to replace medical treatment and, where appropriate, you will be encouraged to see your physician. NT practitioners can ensure the safety of the public and promote the best health outcomes, often through collaboration with medical and other healthcare practitioners in a scientifically meaningful way that acknowledges the remits, the limitations and possibilities of each discipline.
Prescriptions and Recommendations
Nutritional prescriptions take the form of dietary and lifestyle strategies and may include detoxification regimes and supplementary nutrients including selected phytonutrients. You may also be recommended to keep a food diary, and you will be provided with sample menus and ideas and/ or a detailed dietary plan. Regardless of your personalized dietary guidelines, and unless there are particular food restrictions, I would motivate you to adhere or switch to a mediterranean diet as opposed to the Western pattern diet, but not in any effort to superimpose foreign population guidelines. Emphasis will be placed on plant-based food sources, olive oil, fish (for non-vegetarians), fruit, whole grains, moderate consumption of dairy/ alternatives, control of portions, regular exercise, freshness, balance and pleasure of food.