The basis of Nutritional Therapy
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional therapy practitioners 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. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine. It is relevant both for individuals looking to enhance their health and wellbeing and for those with chronic conditions wishing to work with or ‘consult’ a nutritional therapist in collaboration with other suitably qualified healthcare professionals.
Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalized nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.
Nutritional Therapy isn’t a one-pill-fits-all solution. It can take time for the body to respond and to come back into balance. It is about resolving underlying factors involved and so it is a more comprehensive therapy than one which only treats symptoms. It will vary according to the individual but it is not unusual to see significant symptoms right away.
To understand the differences between Nutritionists, Dieticians and Nutritional Therapists have a look at the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT) website by clicking on this link: BANT or The Nutritional Therapy Council.