What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy applies nutritional science to promote health and wellbeing.
It is an evidenced-based discipline that aims to consider and address the root cause of health conditions, rather than focusing on symptoms alone.
Nutritional Therapists (also known as Nutritionists), use a wide range of tools to identify and assess potential nutritional imbalances and further understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. Recognising that each individual is unique, a Nutritional Therapist will advocate personalised nutrition and lifestyle protocols tailored to the needs of each individual person.
As a recognised complementary medicine, Nutritional Therapy can support the health of individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking to enhance their health and wellbeing. However, Nutritional Therapy is not recommended as a replacement for medical advice, and clients with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms will be referred to their medical professional.
How Can Nutritional Therapy Help?
Nutritional Therapy can help you understand how your existing diet may be impacting your well-being. It will teach you how to nourish your mind and body by understanding the nutrients you need – specific to your lifestyle or health conditions.
Recommendations may typically look to optimise digestive function, energy levels, hormonal balance or include guidance on supporting the liver’s detoxification pathways. They may include natural foods that better support the immune system or that simply help an individual to achieve vitality and a sense of wellness.
There are a wide range of laboratory functional tests that can be used to identify nutrient deficiencies or biochemical imbalances and where possible, NHS tests will be recommended.
It is important to choose a fully qualified, professionally accredited Nutritional Therapist who is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT), so you can be confident that they follow a strict code of Professional Practice.
60 - 90 minutes
My interest in nutrition grew in my 20’s when I began exploring organic agriculture in Spain and Ayurvedic medicine in India, and I began to realise and experience the huge benefits of using food as medicine.
I spent 3 years teaching cookery and menu planning for a specialist college, working with young people with challenging behaviour and learning difficulties. With a desire to learn the true science behind what I was reading, I went back to studying and trained as a nutritional therapist at the College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Whilst preparing meals for someone suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome, it was clear that nutrient dense, antioxidant rich and easily digestible foods were making a positive impact on her health. During this time, I also had family members struggling with chronic ill health, who were not finding solutions via mainstream medicine and I started to research and turn to various natural health practices to re-establish their health and wellbeing.
I am trained to support all areas of health via nutritional therapy, and have a key interest in female health, hormones, fertility and digestive issues. I use a functional medicine approach and use up to date medical research to produce individualised nutrition plans for my clients.
I am a great lover of food and life and it is important to me that any treatment plan I suggest provides you with an enjoyable experience and achievable goals.
By appointment only
Passionate about women's health
Accredited with governing bodies
Payment options available
Before the initial consultation we will provide you with a pre-appointment questionnaire and a 7-day diet diary for you to fill out prior to your appointment.
The initial consultation usually lasts 90 minutes and includes a comprehensive health history assessment to identify times in your life that may have contributed to a state of ill health or a general feeling of less than optimal health.
As a naturopathic nutritionist, we consider the body as a whole and that all the systems are inter-related. We will explore which of your body systems may be under stress and how this could be impacting your health. Understanding these complex connections in the body is key to positive results.
Where appropriate, additional laboratory testing might be recommended to delve deeper into the assessment of your health.
Following the consultation all your information will be evaluated and you will be sent an individualised diet and lifestyle plan based on an extensive evidence base of nutritional science and to meet your personal needs. This is likely to include some natural supplement recommendations, in order to boost specific areas of your health initially and will be revised at your follow up consultation. The plan will be presented to you via email within 2 weeks.
Follow up consultations are generally recommended 6 weeks after the diet and lifestyle plan has been implemented. During the follow up consultation we will consider the progress that has been made and adjust the plan where needed. Nutritional therapy is not a quick fix but more of a health journey and further follow ups may be required depending on each individual circumstance.
Laboratory testing may be suggested if appropriate. It offers the opportunity to look deeper into what is going on inside the body and provides a more targeted and specific approach to your plan. Costs for testing will be discussed with you and is payable separately. Tests will be sent directly to your home from regulated laboratories. Some tests can be arranged through your GP, and we can write to your GP to try to arrange these.
Privacy and Confidentiality
All information exchanged during nutritional therapy consultations is private and confidential. Clients can request that relevant information regarding personalised protocols or test results be communicated with other healthcare professionals but this will only be undertaken with the full consent of the client.