“What Is Nutritional Therapy?”
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of optimal health and wellbeing, peak performance and individual care.

Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual's symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards restoring and maintaining health.

Research is increasingly recognising that foods have nutritive value beyond simply their calorie content or macronutrient quantity and quality. A qualified nutritional therapist will work with you to achieve the best food selection for your personal needs.

Severe deficiency of the vitamins and minerals required for life is relatively uncommon in developed nations - modest deficiency is very common and is often either not recognised or not taken seriously. Increasing scientific evidence, however, may change this thinking. Particularly significant is recent research that suggests moderate selenium and vitamin K deficiencies may lead to accumulated damage over time as a result of vitamin and mineral loss, leading to age related diseases.

This research, recently published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal, demonstrates the need for public health initiatives aimed at identifying, treating and taking seriously modest vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Nutritional Therapists consider each individual to be unique (a principle known as ‘biochemcial individuality’) and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a 'one size fits all' approach.

Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.

Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with 'red flag' signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client's care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been recommended.

“Why Use Nutritional Therapy?”
It has been recognised for millennia that there is a close link between what we eat and the health problems we suffer from.

Hippocrates said "Let food be your medicine….". It has been recognised for millennia that there is a close link between what we eat and the health problems we suffer from. Good nutrition is the bedrock of sound health, vitality and increased energy. It can transform how we feel. Nutritional therapy aims to help you optimise your health by eating the foods that are right for you personally. It reveals how eating habits affect specific health conditions. You will be given a detailed and personalised programme of specific changes to improve your health. Even small changes can make a huge difference.

Some people simply want to check that they are on the right track with regard to healthy eating. Others may want to get help with their symptoms. As an experienced nutritional therapist, I will guide, encourage and support you through your journey towards optimal health and peak condition.

Nutritional Therapists recognise that each person is an individual with unique requirements and take time to define a personalised nutrition plan for clients, as no one diet or health programme will be suitable for everyone.

As a profession, we are trained to consider you as a metabolically unique individual and to look for potential underlying causes of health problems which may be triggering your symptoms.

Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been repeatedly shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body (skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory, endocrine, immune, reproductive and integumentary (skin, hair, nails).

Typical priorities in nutritional therapy consultations are achieving optimum energy levels, healthy blood‐sugar balance (in relation to optimising weight, energy, mood and cognitive function), emotional and psychological wellbeing, optimum gastrointestinal (gut) health and greater tolerance to a broad range of food groups.

Below is a description of some of the most common problems clients consult me about:

“Common Problems”
Gut Health

Enjoying good gut health is a cornerstone of enjoying good general health and vital to good quality of life. Nutrition (including foods, food concentrates / nutrients and good (probiotic) bacteria are key components of good gut function. Since qualifying in 2006, I have worked with many clients to provide them with expert advice and recommendations to support optimal gut health. Very common gut-related problems that clients seek help with include indigestion, acid reflux, bloating/wind, constipation, diarrhoea, nausea and IBS.

Stress Management

Optimum health is achieved by understanding both the positive and negative effects of various stressors, and in relation to a particular individual, finding the optimum balance of different sources of stress - hence the concept of ‘optimal stress management’. The tissues that maintain our ability to manage stress successfully are very dependent on nutrition, and the availability of nutrient‐rich foods. There are many other factors also involved, but a healthy diet and lifestyle, along with suitable targeted support can make a real difference to your energy and stress management.

Food Hypersensitivity and Allergy

‘Oral or dietary tolerance’ refers to the extent to which an individual is free to choose foods and enjoy them, without being concerned that some foods will trigger adverse reactions. Where tolerance reduces, or intolerances develop, individuals find themselves becoming increasingly selective over the foods they choose in order to prevent unpleasant symptoms.

Oral tolerance is a ‘homeostatic’ state that is important in order to avoid potentially harmful immune responses against foods, bacteria and other organisms. Good tolerance to food is dependent on a balance between the health of the gut, the bacteria that reside there (that outnumber the cells of our body by around 10 to 1) and the immune system. Nutritional therapists are trained to guide you on food selection (either by using tests or elimination diets) and improving gut health in order to restore good oral tolerance to a wide range of foods again.

Weight Management

Whilst we may instinctively recognise poor food choices and at times alter our selection, habit and reinforcement from those around us can set up a pattern which ultimately leads to a long term weight problem and food and beverage choices which perpetuate weight gain.

Other factors can also affect persistent weight-gain, including poor blood sugar control, food hypersensitivity, poor detoxification capacity, sex hormone imbalance and impaired thyroid and adrenal health, for example.

As an experienced nutritional therapist, I am trained in the assessment of the various factors which can impact on both short and long‐term weight gain. My role is to assist my clients in determining which are the key factors for them and developing a strategy to address these. This includes helping determine which foods are best suited to individual clients and support them through the different stages to achieve a new and healthier approach to body composition and wellbeing.

Detoxification Capacity

We are all exposed to a wide range of toxins every day. Some are a natural part of our diet and environment and some are man‐made. Over human evolution, biochemical pathways within the liver have developed that have allowed our bodies to cope with this onslaught – but some people’s detoxification pathways function better than other’s. As an experienced nutritional therapist trained in the biochemistry of the metabolism of toxins (detoxification). I provide personalised recommendations to optimise the function of these liver pathways and support your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Energy Levels

Adequate and appropriate nutrition is crucial to healthy human energy metabolism. Without the optimal daily intake of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, phytonutrients and energy, in the form of ATP (the equivalent of ‘human cellular petrol’), optimum vitality and physical performance will not be achieved. Even with what may be considered ‘adequate’ nutritional intake, energy demands may exceed energy input and stores, especially in the presence of high stress.

Nutritional therapists are trained to guide you through dietary changes, supplemental additions and lifestyle adaptation that will help you achieve optimal energy, recovery, rest and relaxation that is best suited to your individual need. I am a certified Optimum Energy Coach.

Sleep Disorders

Deep, restful sleep is essential to optimal energy and functioning. Sleep problems are becoming very common as people experience increasing levels of stress and use high levels of stimulants. Problems include difficulty falling asleep and waking during the night. I have a particular interest and knowledge in natural approaches to insomnia.