Nutritional therapy is a professional approach to health which focuses on YOU as a whole person. There's no 'standard menu' because we formulate bespoke diet and lifestyle protocols specifically and uniquely for your needs.
Using a Functional Medicine approach, I look at the underlying causes of your symptoms: the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’. I consider the systems of your body that may be under strain and support their self-regulating and recuperative processes. For example, digestive health can have a profound impact on mood and mental clarity.
After researching your individual needs and history, we create food and lifestyle plans to promote your body's health. This could include increasing or reducing certain foods, or improving your intake of specific vitamins or minerals. These steps are remarkably effective. In addition, instead of 'side-effects', people often notice 'side-benefits' to their health.
As a complementary practice, nutritional therapy operates in concert with mainstream medicine. For more detailed information on Nutritional Therapy and its legal and professional governing bodies, follow these links to the UK’s Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council, (CNHC), and the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT). This video offers an excellent summary in 2.5 minutes.
I always ask my clients to send any recent medical test results they are willing to share with me.
However, in some instances, certain private tests allow us to gain a clearer picture of the issues which underlie symptoms.
I have taken specific training in the interpretation of these fairly complex tests, and update my knowledge regularly.
Some typical examples are:
Thyroid blood tests, which provide T3, antibody and related nutrient levels, as well as the standard T4 and TSH.
Genetic tests with LifeCode Gx Nutrigenomics, which reveal both the predispositions which may be at play, and the specific nutrient and lifestyle knowledge which may be harnessed to address them.
DUTCH urine tests, which analyse both hormone levels and metabolism of hormones in depth.
Stool tests, which register a broad picture of the gut microbiome, revealing for example bacterial imbalances or parasites which may hinder healing.
All testing is entirely optional, and may be carried out in simple procedures by the client at home.