What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy is a holistic approach to help you optimise health in a targeted, personalised way. Nutritional therapists do not diagnose or ‘treat’ health conditions. Instead, we identify what body systems are under stress and look at the potential root causes of your symptoms.
Every cell and system in your body relies on a range of macronutrients, vitamins and minerals as either building blocks or for cellular activities such as energy production and detoxification. Most people do not have the full quota of the nutrients they need for their bodies to perform the many tasks necessary to be and stay healthy.
As part of your initial consultation we will look carefully at your existing diet and lifetyle, identify any potential deficiencies and introduce changes at a pace and way that suits you and your individual situation.
In many cases symptoms resolve over time with the right changes in diet, lifestyle and applying appropriate supplementation. Some health problems, however, may benefit from further investigation. A range of functional testing is available, which can be discussed and used according to individual circumstances.
Various tests available to clients include:
- Vitamin and mineral status. Many people are deficient in vital vitamins and minerals. Common deficiencies include; Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Magnesium, Zinc and Selenium. Omega 3 levels can also be low, affecting cell membrane function.
- Gastrointestinal testing. If, despite following nutritional advice, gut issues do not resolve it can be useful to do appropriate testing to target diet and supplementation more accurately.
- Hormonal testing. Hormonal imbalances can cause a wide range of issues and it can be beneficial to do testing to ascertain the levels of various hormones and hormonal metabolites.
- Genetic testing. This has become much more affordable and can provide valuable personal guidelines in terms of lifestyle and nutrition.
Often people take their health for granted and put up with ‘minor’ annoyances like fatigue, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, constipation, headaches etc.
For many people, it is not until things progress to the point that their life is impacted in a more significant way that they take more notice and realise what a gift good health is. Without it, it can be as if you are in your own personal prison, as dramatic as that may sound.
I have experienced this first hand. A series of unfortunate events changed my life significantly. I became very ill and unable to work for over a year.
This led to my using more targeted nutrition as part of my protocol and I gradually got better. I decided to learn about nutritional therapy in greater depth and did a three year course with the College of Naturopathic Medicine.
It was a very thorough, science based course which ensured we were well prepared to provide guidance to clients in a considered, well evidenced manner.
During the course of my 200+ hours of clinical experience I have witnessed many transformations in clients’ health, which has been immensely satisfying and rewarding.
It has made me even more passionate about helping others to be what they should be and enjoy life with energy and vibrancy, rather than in fear, discomfort or pain.
My particular areas of interest are women’s health from adolescence to beyond menopause, gut health and increasing ‘Healthspan’ – ie helping people ensure that their later years are as functional mentally and physically as possible.
I am also keenly interested in the link between gardening, health and the environment and am running a series of events called ‘Growing for Health’, covering how you can use plants and gardening in a targeted way to help your health, wildlife and the environment.