BSc(Hons), FdSc, DipION, mBANT, CNHC
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What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, 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 maintaining health.
Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant both 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.
Why use Nutritional Therapy?
Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been 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 support to achieve optimum energy levels, healthy blood sugar balance, emotional and psychological wellbeing, optimum gastrointestinal health and tolerance to a broad range of food groups.
Choosing a practitioner
It is important to choose a qualified nutritional therapist who has undertaken all necessary training to understand the theory and practice of nutritional therapy.
Before consulting a nutritional therapist ensure that your practitioner is a member
of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT),
the UK’s professional body for nutritional therapists, which represents the seal
of excellence for nutrition health professionals. Also that they are registered
with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), as recognised by the
Department of Health. Membership of both of these professional associations gives
you the confidence that they have achieved the highest standards of education, qualification
and continued up-