What is Nutritional Therapy?
Definition of nutritional therapy
Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition and lifestyle medicine sciences in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these might contribute to an individual's symptoms and health concerns.
This approach allows us to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes
Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a 'one-size-fits-all' approach. Personalised nutrition is tailored specifically for you, taking into account your health journey, your health goals and dietary preferences. Nutritional therapists may use functional tests to inform recommendations that are based on your unique biological individuality.
Nutritional therapy practitioners do not diagnose or treat disease and do not recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice. They will always refer any client with 'red flag' signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client's care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.
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Nutritional therapy explained by the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT)