Nutritional therapy works well alongside conventional medicine as well as other complementary therapies to provide an integrative approach to healthcare. People turn to nutritional therapy for many different reasons; to optimise current nutrition, address health concerns or to prevent future ill health.
Nutritional Therapy is not a quick fix or a magic pill, but about getting to the root cause of health issues. It is about learning about your health and taking control of your food choices to support your body to heal and rebalance.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to a nutritional therapy session, but you can expect to learn about which foods benefits you and your individual health, which foods to avoid and how to make healthier choices. You will receive recipe ideas and suggestions on lifestyle changes. What you will not receive is a faddy diet or be told to count calories. You will be supported to build new, healthier habits to fit into your lifestyle which can have a profoundly positive impact on your health.
‘Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food’ Hippocrates
To more effectively support your personalised nutrition plan, it may be helpful to access functional or genetic testing, often to supplement tests that your doctor has carried out for you. Chronic illness in particular can be complex and may benefit from additional testing. A wide range of tests can be accessed; the most utilised tend to be:
Hair Mineral Analysis
Adrenal Stress Profile
Food Intolerance (IgE mediated)
During your consultations, Patricia can recommend and fully discuss testing that may support your health goals. A range of testing facilities are accessed, often dependant on individual needs. Genova Diagnostics, Cambridge Nutritional Science, myDNA Health and ARL Analytical Research Labs are amongst those used.
Making positive changes to your diet can have a profoundly positive impact on your health. In an ideal world if we all ate plenty of vegetables and fruit, were exposed to adequate sunlight, got plenty of sleep and rest and stayed hydrated we would not need to take supplements.
Supplements can be beneficial to address specific vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient deficiencies and to optimise nutrition. You may also consider using supplements due to soil nutrient deficiencies, shipping, storage and preservative processing and the use of pesticides in our food chain.
During a consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss your thoughts on supplementation. If you wish, Patricia can recommend a supplement programme to support your specific needs, which will take into consideration any medication you take and avoid any drug-nutrient interactions.