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Introducing Alyson...

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Alyson Carter

BA Hons, Dip Nut
Registered Nutritionist MBANT
Registered Nutritional Therapist CNHC

at Nutrition 4 Life

How good nutrition gave my child a life worth living...

When my daughter Olivia was 2 years old she was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD); she had minimal eye contact, no speech and was not really in touch with the world. This was devastating news; we felt she had been given a life sentence and were certainly not given any help or advice. Truth was, 20 years ago very little was known within conventional medicine about this terrible condition.

So I took to the internet – luckily that was around in those days – and read a lot of research by Paul Shattick from the University of Sunderland. I am also from Sunderland, although I live in Hemel Hempstead now, and so thought it to be a good omen and, as it turned out, it certainly was. His research is based around the opioid (morphine) effect that casein (protein in milk) and gluten (protein in wheat) can have on the brain in unfortunate individuals who have a gut so weak that these proteins can make their way through the gut wall, up the bloodstream and into the brain through the blood brain barrier. When they get there they can have a devastating effect, namely to ‘numb’ the brain!

So to cut a very very long arduous story short on March 12th 1997 I removed all casein and gluten from Olivia’s diet. She ate wholefoods, very little refined sugar and took certain supplements, recommended by Paul Shattick, to help improve gut integrity and relax the digestive system. She improved instantly; she developed eye contact, started speaking and generally engaging with the world. Her diet remained based around these same principles for the subsequent 18 years.

Fast forward to now and she is a beautiful young adult and really does have a life worth living …. a promising career as a dancer and a lovely boyfriend and I really do believe most of this, as well as having an incredibly supportive extended family, is due to a change in her diet at a very important time in her development.

Having lived through this miraculous transformation, I left my senior managerial role in retailing and trained as a Nutritional therapist and my goal is to inspire all my clients and educate them in the power of food.

Food plays an enormous part in our lives and it is so easy to get it wrong but easy to put right with a bit of help from us.

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The formal stuff...
Alyson is a Nutritional Therapist having graduated from the College of Naturopathic and Complementary Medicine in London.

She is registered with the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) and is a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT). Alyson works out of The Naturality Wellness Centre in Berkhamsted and also does home visits.
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Explaining Nutritional Therapy...

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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 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?

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.

What to expect from a Nutritional Therapy Consultation?

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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.

Choosing a practitioner

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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 – 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 - you can be confident that they follow the strict BANT Code of Professional Practice and have professional indemnity insurance for clinical practice.

Terms and conditions

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.

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