What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is a complementary therapy which recognizes that each person is an individual who has unique dietary and nutritional requirements. Instead of opposing other therapies, Nutritional Therapists wish to work synergistically with other health care practitioners to benefit the patient. They follow a holistic approach by incorporating diet, food supplements, detoxification, education, environment and lifestyle changes to alleviate or prevent chronic health problems and to promote optimal health.
Nutritional Therapy can be characterised by it's
- drug free nature, but complementary to a patient's existing medical treatments
- overall respect for the body's ability to heal itself;
- practice of treating the cause of the symptoms, instead of masking the symptoms
- appropriate use of good quality supplements to maximise an individuals health
How does a Nutritional Therapist work?
Anatomically, physiologically and biochemically we are all unique. Similarly, our diet, lifestyles, environments, education and socio-economic status are unique.
The human body has a remarkable capacity to detoxify and heal. However the synthetic chemical challenges presented to the human body in the 20th century unnecessarily burden detoxification pathways. Nutritional Therapists advise their patients on how they can reduce their exposure to endogenous and exogenous pollutants and which foods to include in their diet to provide their body with an appropriate blend of nutrients to protect against unavoidable pollutants.
Digestive health is a fundamental pre-requisite for maximising nutrient availability for body function. Many Nutritional Therapists find it more effective to address underlying biochemical imbalances once the digestive tract is relieved of inappropriate foods, has become more receptive to the uptake of nutrients, and is able to eliminate toxins effectively.
The Nutritional Therapy Consultation
Detailed case histories will include: family history, lifestyle, social history, past and current symptoms and diseases from conception and infancy onwards, medication history, nutritional supplement history, current and historic dietary trends and exposure to toxins.
The Nutritional Therapist will explain the underlying factors considered integral in their patient's current state of health, based on the detailed history taking.
Negotiating a Programme:
The Nutritional Therapist will recommend a programme which is targeted to meet the patient's individual needs and will help the patient work out a strategy for implementation. Education is a major part of the consultation thus enabling the patient to take personal responsibility for his/her own health. Many patients experience improvements in well-being quite quickly but others may need ongoing support to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.