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 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.
Some people simply want to check that they are on the right track with regard to healthy eating. Others may want to lose weight or get help with their symptoms.
Nutritional Therapists recognise that each person is an individual with unique requirements and take time to define personalised nutrition plan rather than a 'one size fits all' approach.
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.
Before the first consultation, the practitioner provides a health and nutrition questionnaire and a food diary for the client to complete. An initial consultation typically lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and in this time the practitioner asks detailed questions about current health concerns, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, medical history, family history, lifestyle, levels of physical activity, use of medication and supplements and diet. The practitioner then evaluates individual needs and uses the extensive evidence base for nutritional science to develop a personalised, safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme which is send to the client by e-mail within 2 working days.
Follow up consultations, usually lasting for 45 minutes, are generally after 3-4 weeks in order to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments. Further follow-ups may be required depending on each individual situation.
If diagnostic tests and supplements are recommended they will be charged separately.
Training: It is important to choose a qualified nutritional therapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of nutritional therapy. By choosing nutritional therapists registered with the CNHC – www.cnhc.org.uk you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.
Professional Association: By choosing a Nutritional Therapist who is a member of BANT - www.bant.org.uk you can be confident that they follow the strict BANT Code of Professional Practice and have professional indemnity insurance for clinical practice.
Nutrition 4 Life will endeavour to provide advice to assist in helping to resolve health issues, however, no guarantees as to improved health can be made.
Client confidentiality will be maintained at all times. Details of your records will only be released upon your written consent. This includes sending details to GP’s.
Nutritional Advice is not an alternative to medical advice, and you are encouraged to discuss your condition with your GP. In some cases, you may be referred to your GP for tests, available on the NHS, which the Practionner believes to be relevant.
Nutrition 4 Life reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee – missed appointments or cancellations within 48 hours will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee, within 24 hours a 100% cancellation fee may be applied.