Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy applies principles derived from current biochemical and physiological scientific knowledge for the purpose of promoting optimal health and well-being while recognising biochemical individuality.  The Nutritional Therapist assesses a person’s nutritional needs to achieve normal physiological function. This means the maintenance of homeostasis, a positioNutritional Therapyn of wellbeing we all seek, but many fail to achieve.

Assessment includes the use of appropriate tests and observations such as case history, anthropomorphic measurements, physical signs, laboratory tests, and nutrition/lifestyle analysis to determine an educational nutrition programme. Assessment also provides the basis for referral to a licensed physician, or other health-care professional.

The educational protocols recommended may include, among other information, nutrition / lifestyle modification, nutritive supplementation, understanding of physiological / biochemical pathways, and evoking of regenerative processes. The use of food and lifestyle changes is recognised as a principle component of achieving and maintaining optimal levels of health. Research is increasingly recognising that foods have nutritive value beyond that related to caloric or macronutrient quantity and quality. A qualified Nutritional Therapist will work with you to achieve the best food selection for your personal needs.

Food supplementation is sometimes challenged by people who recognise that a balanced diet should meet everyone’s unique biochemical needs. Whilst Nutritional Therapists are trained in the application of food as a health modifier, they also recognise, as do more and more scientists, that there are distinct benefits to the use of specific food supplements and nutritional substrates in conjunction with both a healthy and well balanced diet and a specific lifestyle programme.

Severe deficiency of the vitamins and minerals required for life is relatively uncommon in developed nations, but modest deficiency is very common and is often either not recognised or not taken seriously. New evidence, however, may change this thinking. Particularly significant is recent research that suggests moderate selenium and vitamin K deficiency lead to accumulated damage over time as a result of vitamin and mineral loss, leading to age-related diseases.

This research, just published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal, demonstrates the need for public health initiatives aimed at identifying, treating and taking seriously modest vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

“This paper should settle any debate about the importance of taking a good, complete, multivitamin every day,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the (FASEB Journal).

“As this report shows, taking a multivitamin that contains selenium is a good way to prevent deficiencies that, over time, can cause harm in ways that we are just beginning to understand.”

  • McCann JC, Ames BN. Adaptive dysfunction of selenoproteins from the perspective of the triage theory: why modest selenium deficiency may increase risk of diseases of aging. FASEB J. 2011 Jun;25(6):1793-814. Epub 2011 Mar 14. View Abstract

 

 

Choosing a practitioner

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.

You can check whether a Nutritional Therapist is registered with the Complementary & Natural Health-care Council (CNHC) by searching the register at www.cnhc.org.uk. By choosing Nutritional Therapists registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.

Nutritional Therapy applies principles derived from current biochemical and physiological scientific knowledge for the purpose of promoting optimal health while recognising biochemical individuality.  The Nutritional Therapist assesses a person’s nutritional needs to achieve normal physiological function. Assessment includes the use of appropriate test and observations such as case history, anthropomorphic measurements, physical signs, laboratory tests, and nutrition/lifestyle analysis to determine an educational nutrition programme. Assessment also provides the basis for referral to a licensed physician, or other health care professional.

The educational protocols recommended may include, among other information, nutrition / lifestyle modification, nutritive supplementation, understanding of physiological/biochemical pathways, and evoking of regenerative processes.

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