This will enable me to use additional alternative methods of assessment, such as looking at the tongue to gauge a patient’s digestive functioning. Naturopathic nutritional health is about looking at the person as a physiological individual and working with their body’s natural ability to heal, using diet and lifestyle moderations, rather than focusing on the illness or disease.
As a teenager, I had various ailments including recurrent tonsillitis, which was usually accompanied by a fever and malaise. In my 20s, I suffered with hormonal issues and skin complaints, which were also dealt with using medication. After feeling generally unwell for several years, I decided to investigate alternative and complimentary approaches to my health and have not looked back since.
I have been interested in the capacity of nutrition for several years. I have visited many nutritional therapists who have helped me regain control over my health and after several years of experimenting with foods and reading about nutrition I decided to gain a qualification, so that I could help others to feel better and regain a sense of well-being and optimal health.
Changing your diet can be daunting at times and we can all get stuck for ideas of what to eat and what to avoid. We often don’t recognise the foods that are causing us harm, or foods that are benefitting us. I truly believe that nutritional therapy helps people make informed decisions in nutritional health, helping people to look and feel their best.
I always try to eat wisely at home, and keep up to date with new research within the field of health and nutrition. My passion and commitment to healthy eating has filtered down to my children, who thankfully are now becoming aware of how they feel when they eat certain foods. I use a lot of natural remedies with them in the hope that they heal naturally, without need for excess medications.
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Registered Nutritional Therapists 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 maintaining health. 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 consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. 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 provided.
- Information from British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
I am a qualified Nutritional Therapist, graduating from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. I have been fortunate to train alongside some of the most reputable practitioners in the field of nutrition and pathophysiology, gaining knowledge and understanding of the potential effectiveness of diet and natural therapies.
I have been so enlightened by the transformations that nutritional therapy can bring about, that I have now enrolled on the extended course in naturopathy.
To begin with, you will complete a 5-day diet record so that I can see any micro- and macro-nutrients that you may be deficient in or have excess of. You will bring this along to the initial consultation where I take a full case history from you, which includes childhood illnesses/vaccinations, your current health and lifestyle (including any medications and supplements that you are currently taking), and discuss any concerns that you would like to address. I then formulate an individual, tailored plan to fit in with your life, allowing for possible time constraints and restrictions. The plan will be reviewed during a follow-up consultation 4-6 weeks later, where we can discuss your progress and adjust the plan if necessary.
The initial consultation lasts for 1 hour and costs £65; any follow-up appointment lasts for 45 minutes and costs £45.
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