What is Nutritional Therapy?

"I suffered for years with digestive issues & mood swings before discovering I had an intolerance to Gluten and Dairy. After the initial euphoria of discovering the root causes of my issues I was left somewhat bewildered as to whatchangesI needed to make to my diet and lifestyle and how I was going to implement them." Nutritional Therapy was the answer for me.  It treats everyone on an individual basistaking intoaccount not only their diet but their whole lifestyle. I now have much more energy and enjoy many outdoor pursuits, worry free of those digestive problems.  Simple everyday changes mean I can maintain my lifestyle and have the energy to guide others through this maze of nutrition and advice"                                              Margaret Crook

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health and well being. It is used to identify potential nutritional imbalances and show how these contribute to symptoms. This approach allows the nutritional therapist to work with people on many levels by addressing nutritional balance and supporting the body towards maintaining health.

A balanced diet is essential for good health but unfortunately our busy lives mean we often turn to processed and convenience foods which are not only high in salt and sugar but rarely provide the quality and quantity of nutrients we need for optimum health. In addition, many lifestyle factors such as stress, long working hours, smoking, alcohol and exposure to pollution take their toll on our systems resulting in poor physical and mental health, fatigue and lack of vitality. However dietary imbalances, vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be corrected by designing an individual lifestyle programme to suit your particular needs. Nutritional therapy is used to help a wide range of people, from children to adults, with a variety of conditions.

Nutritional Therapy may be of benefit to various conditions including;

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Mood swings
  • Stress
  • Weight management
  • Food intolerances
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Digestive discomfort
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Skin complaints, such as eczema
  • Hyperactivity, depression and insomnia
  • Joint problems, such as arthritis

(However, it is recommended to seek the advice of your GP for a diagnosis of any condition.)

The Benefits

Nutritional Therapy and changes in lifestyle can have many advantages. Many people experience positive benefits including:

  • Increased energy
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Improved digestive function
  • Less prone to coughs and colds
  • Improved weight management
  • Clearer skin and better complexion
  • Less congestion in the body

Everyone from young children to the elderly can benefit from Nutritional Therapy including:

  • Women during pregnancy and after childbirth
  • Pre & post menopause
  • Children and teenagers
  • Those who want to improve their immunity
  • Those who wish to generally improve their health and energy levels
  • Sports men and women
  • Busy housewives

So what happens?

There are several stages to nutritional therapy:

At the first meeting with a client, I will establish the reason for the client seeking help.

I will then spend a great deal of time talking with the client to gain a better understanding of their problem, asking questions about their medical and family history, diet and lifestyle.  

The information gathered is used to identify the nutritional status of the client including factors that could be contributing to specific health problems and look at improving existing dietary habits and routines.  

I offer a Personalised Plan to suit your lifestyle, needs and goals and work with you to make realistic changes in order to achieve them.  This includes meal planning, recipe ideas, advice on exercise and stress reduction all of which are regularly reviewed and adjusted accordingly.

I am fully qualified and fully insured and happy to give talks on the subject of Nutritional Therapy.  I specialise in food intolerance and low sugar cookery & I am happy to give demonstrations in food preparation, workshops or talks about nutritional therapy & its benefits.

Always consult your GP before undertaking a major diet change or exercise regime.

Contact me for more information and to book workshops and demonstrations.