Who can benefit from seeing a Nutritional Therapist?
Most people can benefit from a consultation. In this world of processed foods and conflicting dietary information it can be difficult to know if you are making the right food choices. Given that every cell in your body is made from the food you eat, improving your diet can help with most symptoms. Ensuring the body is supplied with the correct nutrients, whilst making sure the organs of elimination are open, can ensure the body can function at its best.
How long does it take to see improvements?
This varies with each individual case and specific condition. Most people however start to feel better within the first couple of weeks. Achieving optimum health can take longer and will depend on how chronic the condition is at the start of the process. Most people come back for at least two consultations, but many come for more.
How often would I need to have follow-up consultations?
It is important to see if the changes are having the desired effect, plus what may need adjusting in the recommendations. After the first follow up, additional appointments are usually after 4 to 8 weeks. The consultations are an education process during which you will gain the knowledge and know-how to make health food choices, prepare healthy meals and supply your body with what it needs.
If I eat healthy food do I need to take supplements?
This is a very common question. If you eat the perfect diet from freshly picked, locally grown food in season, don’t consume or are exposed to substances that use extra nutrients in the body such as alcohol and stress, then yes you may be able to get all the nutrients from your diet.
The food we eat today is often depleted of nutrients for a number of reasons. They are grown in depleted soils, they are picked before they are ripe, and they are stored for long periods of time as well as transported many miles. Many foods are grown with the use of pesticides and fertilisers which the body has to deal with, increasing our need for nutrients. Lifestyle factors such as stress, smoking and drinking can all increase our need for nutrients. In short, it may be hard to get all your nutrients from your diet. In saying that however, supplements are not a substitute for a healthy diet and this must always be the main priority.
Do you offer any tests?
A number of diagnostic tests can be arranged to help identify underlying health issues. These range from simple tests that can be done at home to laboratory testing. Tests can be arranged for food intolerance, candida, parasites, toxic metals, stress, liver detoxification, leaky gut, hormone imbalances etc. All laboratory tests incur additional costs.
What is the difference between a Dietician and a Nutritional Therapist?
Dieticians work mainly in the NHS and need a referral from a GP. They mainly look at macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat, and fibre). They deal a lot with weight problems, diabetes and cardiovascular health.
Nutritional therapists work with each client on an individual basis, taking a full case history to fully understand your symptoms. They will give a full explanation of why your symptoms have arisen plus a diet and supplement programme agreed with you. They offer a comprehensive wholistic approach.