What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is a science based complementary therapy that uses a functional medicine approach that aims to empower the client to make dietary and lifestyle changes to help alleviate or prevent ailments and promote optimal health and vitality.
Far from being a punishment, it can be an exciting opportunity to rediscover the pleasure of food to look after the most precious thing we have – our bodies, our brain, our health, and wellbeing.
For our bodies and brain to work efficiently, we need to obtain the right balance of nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, water, vitamins, and minerals.
Because we are all biochemically different with individual requirements, we can often be eating what we think is a healthy diet, but, however it’s not the right one for us or we may be depleting nutrients more rapidly than we are replenishing due to factors such as type of work, sleep, where we live i.e., pollution, stage of life, metabolism, health issues, level of exercise, what we eat and drink etc.
Proper nutrition is all about keeping the right macronutrients and micronutrients in balance, and this is what a Nutritional Therapist will help you to do. 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 opposed to tackling specific symptoms as well as recognizing that everyone is unique and will therefore require a customized treatment.
Is this Nutritional Therapy for me?
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, insomnia, PMS, digestive issues, food intolerances, unwanted weight gain or loss, menopausal issues, PCOS, and anxiety, depression, adrenal fatigue, low thyroid issues through to, skin and hair loss complaints can be relieved effectively with nutritional therapy.
What does Nutritional Therapy Involve?
Before treatment commences your nutritional therapist will need to know details your diet, lifestyle, and medical history, and to do so they may require you to complete a detailed questionnaire and food diary to either return before the initial consultation or to bring along with you.
During the initial consultation your therapist will discuss the questionnaire in depth with you to gain a complete understanding of health issues, and imbalances you wish to correct. This information will used to establish a detailed therapy plan for you, and outline how that we can best work together to help achieve your desired outcomes.
After the initial consultation, your nutritionist will discuss follow up appointments with you which are usually shorter in duration. These follow ups are what allows your therapist to monitor your progress and make certain amendments to your diet as you progress, as well as provide you with access to essential support, motivation, and most importantly accountability to help you stay on track and to benefit from the results that you desire.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
This factor is dependent on the requirements of the individual person, meaning that 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.
To book an appointment, find out more information, or ask any questions you might have, you can always give us a call at our Norwich clinic on 01603 660792 and speak to one of our friendly reception team. Otherwise, you can click to book online.