Five things you may not know about Nutritional Therapy

So what exactly is Nutritional Therapy? Here are five things you may not know.

1.     Nutritional Therapy supports the body’s innate desire for balance and health by making sure our everyday diet meets our nutritional needs and is free of allergens, irritants and toxins.

2.     As well as choosing the rights foods, it is also vital that we digest these foods well, absorbing and assimilating nutrients efficiently. Therefore, supporting our digestive capacity is also one of the key aspects of nutritional therapy work.

3.     Nutritional therapy addresses lifestyle, as this is intimately connected to our nutrient needs and our capacity to assimilate nutrients.  Nutritional Therapy guides and supports clients in adopting lifestyle changes around exercise and stress management.  

Did you know that different types of exercise are useful at different stages of life, or when you’re feeling very stressed?  If you’re highly stressed I may suggest you reduce high intensity exercise and increase low to moderate intensity workouts, as well as starting or increasing time spent meditating.  This modulates the response from your adrenal system.  Equally I may ask older people to take up safe weight training to improve their hormonal balance, energy and general sense of wellbeing.

4.     Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. These tools include things like biochemical and functional testing. testing reveals biochemical data, which helps to make the interventions more specific and effective.

5.     Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health, wellbeing and longevity.  

In the UK, qualified registered nutritional therapists are members of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council CNHC and most often also members of professional body BANT.