17th January, 2012
Nutritional Therapy is the term used to describe a therapy which maximises the potential of eating well. As we know nutrition is the way in which the body uses food to nourish itself, helping it to continue to function to its optimum level.
Good nutrition is all about keeping the right nutrients in balance and this is what a nutritionist will help you to do. A nutritionist knows the relationship between diet, food and ill health and they have an understanding of how one affects the other.
Similarly to many other complementary and alternative therapies, nutritional therapy approaches health from a holistic point of view, meaning simply that it treats the body as a whole as opposed to tackling specific symptoms as well as recognising that each individual is unique and will therefore require bespoke treatment.
Nutritional therapy can help to alleviate a wide range of conditions and can assist the recovery of ill health. Many disorders, ranging from chronic fatigue, energy loss, insomnia and depression through to backache, skin complaints, asthma, and headaches can be relieved effectively with nutritional therapy.
In order to do this your nutritional therapist will begin by taking a detailed history of your health, lifestyle and eating regime before formulating a treatment plan which is suited to your needs. You will also receive advice and recommendations about detoxification, supplements and diet.
Nutritionists work in a variety of different situations, many working for NHS, others working in health food stores or for food manufacturers. The nutritionists referred to in this instance however, are those who work on a one to one basis with clients, implementing treatments which address the specific dietary needs of each person.
Is this treatment for me?
The vast majority of us could benefit from nutritional therapy whether it is for a specific reason or simply to stay in good health. With so many conflicting messages about healthy eating a nutritionist can separate the myths from the truth and will let you know what you should be eating in order to achieve a more confident and healthy you.
There are a huge amount of issues which many people feel may be resolved using the help of a nutritional therapist. For instance many parents of overweight children have turned to the therapy to help their children with weight and behavioural problems.
Nutritional Therapy can be an asset to many people, from those wanting to loose weight or change unhealthy eating habits right through to those who are recovering from a terminal illness or even those who suffer from allergies or follow a specific diet. A nutritionist will be able to make sure the body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
What does treatment involve?
The initial consultation...
Before your treatment commences you're nutritional therapist will need to know all about your diet, lifestyle and medical history and to do so they may require you to complete a questionnaire or a food diary to either return before the initial consultation or to take along with you.
During the initial consultation your therapist may briefly discuss the questionnaire with you but will mainly use the time to discuss a personalised nutritional programme using the information they have gathered. The plan will include recommendations of dietary changes, incorporating the required nutrients, vitamins and minerals that you were perhaps lacking in before.
After the initial consultation, your nutritionist will discuss follow up appointments with you which are usually a shorter duration. These follow up's are what allows your therapist to monitor your progress and make certain amendments to your diet as you progress and they also provide you with access to essential support and motivation.
How does a nutritional therapist work?
Nutritional therapists recognise that each persons needs are unique so they work at developing a diet plan which suits the needs of each individual by assessing their nutritional status. This is achieved through considering a number of factors including inherited strengths and weaknesses, lifestyle and environment.
Nutritional therapists will usually operate from a private practice either seeing individuals going via their own initiative or seeing clients referred via a consultant, medical or dental practitioner.
How many sessions will I need?
This factor is really dependant on the initial conditions of ill-health, meaning longer standing conditions may require more treatment than a relatively recent issue or ailment. However, most individuals do report feeling a difference within an average of three to four months. The number of appointments needed will be something you can discuss with your practitioner during the initial consultation.
How can Nutritional Therapy benefit me?
Nutritional Therapy can help to improve many conditions both physical and emotional. Listed below are a few of the problems which are most commonly addressed with the use of nutritional therapy.
- Achieving Goals
- Confidence and Self Esteem
- Getting Older
- Maintaing a Healthy Weight
- Mental Health
- Physical Health and Well Being
- Staying Well and Having a healthy Immune System
If you would like to visit a nutritionist, visit Nutritionist Resource
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