Nutritional therapy

What is nutritional therapy?

Digestive disorders, food intolerance, sleep issues - they’re all signs your body is trying to tell you something is out of balance.  Ignoring these symptoms for too long may lead to chronic, long term disease.

 

Nutritional therapy can help address these symptoms by finding the root cause of your health concerns.

Implementing specific nutrition and lifestyle changes can have the most profound and

positive life changing effects on your health.

The two and a half minute video from the British Association for Lifestyle and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) below provides an overview of what nutritional therapy is all about. 

How a nutritional therapist works

Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and on this basis, recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and 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 your care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.  

Please note Nutritional Therapy is not a replacement for medical advice, medication or investigations recommended by a health care professional. If you have any concerns relating to your health, it is always recommended you speak with your health care advisor first before undertaking a nutritional therapy consultation. While Nutritional Therapy is a recognised complementary therapy, it cannot by law claim to treat or cure any named condition.

Ways nutritional therapy can support your health

  • Allergies 

  • ​Blood sugar imbalances

  • ​Blood pressure irregularities

  • ​Bone health

  • Brain health

  • Cholesterol levels

  • Cravings

  • Detoxification​

  • Digestive disorders 

  • Endocrine support (adrenals, thyroid)

  • Energy levels

  • Food intolerances

  • Healthy ageing

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Joint health

  • Migraines / headaches​

  • Skin conditions

  • Sleep problems

  • Stress

  • Weight management

How is nutritional therapy regulated

A fully qualified nutritional therapist should be registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) as well as having full membership of a CNHC approved  organisation such as the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).  Only those practitioners who have studied approved courses (either a degree or 3-4 year diploma), are able to gain BANT membership.

 

BANT is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists whose primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice. This serves to protect the client’s interests, nutritional therapy as a practice, and the nutritional therapist.The CNHC is the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners. Sponsored by the Department of Health, the CNHC's key role is to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration and ensuring that all registered practitioners meet the relevant National Occupational Standards.

 

In November 2009 the Department of Health stated:

 

“CNHC is the only voluntary regulatory body for complementary healthcare which has official government backing. No other organisation has the same exacting criteria or focus on safety and quality.”

 

Nutritional Therapists must meet the CNHC’s standards and maintain their professional skills through an ongoing programme of Continuing Professional Development in order to display the CNHC quality mark.

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