I attended a course recently on Female health where we looked at how to support hormone balance and learned about the symptoms and possible causes of conditions such as endometriosis, PMS, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and problems related to the menopause. A few days later I had separate conversations about the course with two friends who both said “can nutrition help with that then”?

This highlighted to me how difficult it can be for Nutritional Therapists to explain what we actually do. Nutritional Therapists are not permitted to claim to diagnose, treat or cure conditions and rightly so as that is not what we do. However, it does make it difficult to promote our services because we cannot say ‘if you have {insert condition/symptom} you may benefit from Nutritional Therapy’.

What we are allowed to say are statements which support overall health such as:

  • Optimal energy levels
  • Healthy blood sugar balance
  • Emotional and psychological wellbeing
  • Optimal digestive health
  • Tolerance to a broad range of food groups.

I’m sure you’ll agree that the above statements sound quite vague.

I doubt many people was up in the morning and think ‘I really with I had optimal digestive health’ and I’m sure they are even less likely to type that into Google.

More likely you would search online for your symptom or health condition and look for someone who can help you and this is where it becomes challenging to advertise Nutritional Therapy as an option.

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is not just about food, even though the title may suggest that it is. As a Nutritional Therapist I use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances, understand how these may contribute to symptoms or health concerns and get to the root cause of the problem rather than purely addressing the symptom(s). In addition, lifestyle plays a big part in how I put together recommendations for my clients. We may look at sleep quality, exercise, stress management and environmental factors too, making it a truly holistic service.

Each client is considered to be unique and therefore I develop personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes, there is no ‘one size fits all’ plan give to everyone.

I use a range of dietary strategies, functional testing, supplements and lifestyle recommendations to get the best results for my clients. However, as effective as Nutritional Therapy is, it’s not a replacement for medical advice so clients will be advised to see their GP if there are symptoms highlighted which need medical attention and expertise.

Who is Nutritional Therapy for?

Without breaking the rules I’ve outlined above, what I can say is if you are unhappy with any aspect of your health, or you are experiencing unwanted symptoms, it would be worth exploring Nutritional Therapy as an option.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of your health, or would like to find out if Nutritional Therapy may benefit you, please contact me.