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What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is an integrative and evidence-based approach to health that combines scientific knowledge with natural modalities, with an emphasis on whole-foods and nutraceuticals, to support individuals in achieving optimal well-being.  This approach focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes underlying health symptoms and disease, and aims to support an individual's health through devising a highly personalised health protocol.

 

Naturopathy is a complementary and integrative approach to healthcare which focuses on supporting the body’s innate capacity to promote homeostasis and restore health. It incorporates various holistic modalities, such as herbalism, acupuncture, massage, hydrotherapy, orthomolecular medicine, and nutritional therapy.

 

Naturopathic Nutrition is a specialised branch of naturopathy, which focuses primarily on the role of whole foods and nutrition in supporting optimal health. The choices we make in our diet directly influence essential biochemical processes, such as enzyme function, neurotransmitter production, detoxification, immune responses, hormone balance and more. These intricate mechanisms depend on the availability of specific nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and other bioactive compounds obtained through our diet. By embracing a well-rounded and nourishing diet, we provide our bodies with the necessary building blocks for these processes to function optimally. By understanding these connections, we gain insights into how nutrition can unlock the body's potential for vitality and well-being.

 

Naturopathic nutritionists not only consider an individual's unique biochemical, environmental, and genetic makeup to inform their protocol but also provide personalised lifestyle strategies to enhance overall well-being. By integrating dietary recommendations with practical lifestyle approaches, they empower individuals to make positive changes that support their health and promote long-term wellness and vitality.

 

Following a comprehensive review of your overall health, current symptoms and medical history, practitioners will develop personalised naturopathic nutrition protocol that support the individual's unique needs and goals. They may also utilise both conventional medical testing and specialised functional testing to identify underlying issues and tailor their treatment approach accordingly. It is important to note that naturopathic nutritionists can work alongside conventional medical care, providing a complementary and integrated approach to support your individual needs.

 

Furthermore, naturopathic nutritionists emphasise the importance of individuals making informed decisions about their health. By providing education, guidance, and personalised recommendations, naturopathic nutritionists support individuals to become active participants in their health. We believe that education and empowerment are essential components of your health journey.

 

Naturopathic Principles

1. Do no harm - we strive to use the most natural, least invasive treatments possible to avoid causing any harm to the body.

4. Treat the whole person - we take a holistic approach to healthcare, considering all aspects of a person's physical, mental, and emotional health.

2. The healing power of nature - we believe in the body's inherent ability to heal itself when given the right tools.

5. Prevention - we emphasize the importance of preventing illness through healthy habits and lifestyle choices.

3. Identify and treat the root cause - we work to identify and treat the underlying cause of illness rather than just addressing symptoms.

6. Doctor as teacher - we believe that educating and empowering patients is key to achieving optimal health and preventing illness.

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What health concerns can benefit from Nutritional Therapy?

  • Gastrointestinal Issues (Constipation, Diarrhoea, Bloating, IBS, Reflux, Food allergies & Intolerances, Diverticulitis, Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis)

  • Hormonal Imbalances/Women’s Health (Infertility, PMS, PCOS, Irregular cycles, Endometriosis, Menopause symptoms, UTIs, Thyroid issues, Stress)

  • Skin Conditions (Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Fungal infections)

  • Immune-related Issues (Asthma, Hay fever, Candida/Fungal infections, Recurrent Infections and General Immune Support)

  • Mental health & General Wellbeing (Anxiety, Depression Fatigue, Stress, Nervous System Dysregulation)

  • Brain and cognition (Alzheimer’s, Focus, Memory, ADHD, general cognition optimisation)

  • Energy-related Issues (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Mylagic Encephalitis, Adrenal Health, Burnout, Mitochondrial health).

  • Cardiovascular Health (Elevated Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Metabolic Syndrome, Elevated Homocysteine)

  • Metabolic Health (Diabetes type 2, blood sugar imbalances, sugar cravings, weight gain/inability to lose weight)

  • Autoimmune conditions (Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis)

  • Environmental Toxins & Detoxification support (Heavy Metal detoxification, Mould exposure, and General Liver Support)

  • Men's health (Prostatitis, infertility, and hair loss)

Who can benefit from Nutritional Therapy?

Whether you want to optimise your health, address specific symptoms or health conditions, or are seeking preventive measures for known genetic predispositions, nutritional therapy can provide valuable support. By addressing potential nutritional imbalances and providing personalised recommendations to enhance your well-being, nutritional therapy serves as a proactive approach to maintaining good health and preventing future health issues.

 

Nutritional therapy can also be beneficial for individuals undergoing medical treatment, post-surgery recovery or managing potential side effects or nutrient depletions associated with certain medications. By working in collaboration with your healthcare team, a nutritional therapist can help optimise your nutrient intake and support your body's healing process.

 

In summary, nutritional therapy is suitable for anyone, regardless of their current health situation. By understanding your unique needs and working together, a nutritional therapist can help you achieve your health goals and promote lasting well-being.

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