It may be something of a cliché but we truly are what we eat. Research shows that more than 80% of the British population are not getting their recommended daily amount of essential vitamins and minerals.
Nutritional therapy uses the science of food and diet to promote the body’s ability to heal itself, maintain good health, achieve optimal fitness and to prevent disease.
Trained therapists will identify nutritional deficiencies as well as food allergies and intolerances to food.
A nutritional therapy treatment is about much more than just healthy eating. It will involve making changes to your diet and may also include taking vitamin and mineral nutritional supplements.
Nutritional therapists often work with patients who have long term health problems that have been difficult to treat with conventional medicine. However, nutritional therapy can be beneficial for anyone who wants to improve their health and wellbeing. Conditions that can be addressed through nutritional therapy include:
- Allergies and food intolerances
- Digestive problems and bowel disorders, including irritable bowel disease and bloating
- Lack of energy, tiredness and chronic fatigue
- Stress, depression and anxiety
- Hormonal imbalances, menstrual disorders and infertility
- Skin disorders
- Poor resistance to infection
- Migraine, chronic headache and sinus congestion
- Weight management.
Nutritional therapy is not just about a healthy diet and must be tailored to the individual. It aims to stimulate the body’s self-healing ability by providing the correct nutrition for the needs of individual patients and helping to cleanse their system of accumulated waste and toxins.
Each individual’s needs are unique, depending on their genetic make-up, lifestyle demands, diet and environment. Nutritional therapists identify the best blend of diet and food supplements to help their patients achieve maximum health and wellbeing.
When you make your appointment with a Good Health Centre nutritional therapist, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire about your health, symptoms and lifestyle and return it to the clinic before you visit.
Your first appointment will normally last one hour and consists of further investigation into your health and preparation of a tailor-made nutritional programme. If necessary, tests may be suggested to confirm the nature of the problem. Your nutritional therapist will them make recommendations about your diet, any specific supplements or herbal remedies they feel are necessary and other lifestyle changes such as physical exercise. You may also be recommended other ways in which you can promote your own good health.
Further consultations with your nutritional therapist will last around 30 minutes each. Typically, three to four visits are needed over three to six months. These follow-up consultations can often take place by telephone if you prefer.
Nutritional therapy is a powerful, safe, natural and effective approach to improving health and wellbeing. However, some vitamins can be toxic when taken in large doses. It’s important to follow your therapist’s advice. If you take different supplement mixes in addition to what you have been recommended by your nutritional therapist, you could be accidentally overdosing on certain micronutrients.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women, children and people with a serious illness should always seek medical advice.