Jo Mead BSc Nutritional Medicine, mBANT, RCST, VTCT, ITEC, AOR, MIBMS, CNHC
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of optimum health and peak performance, disease prevention and client care. Whether you have been diagnosed with a specific illness or lived with a variety of health problems for years, nutritional therapy can help you to take control of your health.
The food we eat has a huge impact on the way our body functions and can influence our mood; energy levels; digestive function; resistance to disease; skin, bone and joint health; hormonal balance; fertility; cardiovascular health; weight management and mental health. By providing your body with the nutrients it needs to function optimally and helping it to digest and absorb them properly, nutritional therapy can help you to experience a wide variety of health improvements, such as increased energy, clearer skin, balanced mood, enhanced fertility, reduced pain, or lower risk of chronic disease.
As a complementary therapy, it can work alongside conventional medicine and where appropriate, your therapist will encourage close communication with your GP or medical consultant.
Who Can Benefit?
Nutritional therapy is appropriate for absolutely everyone, your therapist is able to provide nutrition advice across all age groups and lifestyles, from weaning to packed lunches and family meals to eating out. Children often respond quickly to nutritional therapy, which aims to uncover the root causes of health issues, rather than just treat the symptoms. It has proved to be very effective in treating a variety of male and female health issues and each nutrition programme is individually tailored to your health goals, lifestyle, food preferences, culinary skills and budget.
What Should I Expect from a Consultation?
Prior to your first consultation, you will be asked to complete a detailed health questionnaire and 3 day food diary. Your therapist will discuss these with you, establish the main health issues you wish to address and explain their possible underlying causes. They will then work with you to create a realistic, achievable nutrition programme, tailored to your individual needs. Many clients find that small changes to their diet can make a big difference to their health and the emphasis is on designing a programme that fits around your current lifestyle.
Where appropriate, nutritional supplements and laboratory tests may be recommended and will incur an additional cost. Depending on your health issue, most clients require up to 2 follow up consultations, about 4 weeks apart, but in cases of chronic illness, more sessions are recommended. Your nutritional therapist will assess your progress with regard to your nutrition programme and symptoms or health issues; deliver test results where relevant; and amend or add to your programme accordingly.
For further information on types of health issues which can be addressed through nutritional therapy, or to discuss how a consultation might help you to achieve optimum health contact the clinic on 01932 888 663 or Jo 07939210609 or www.bodyandnourishment.co.uk