A nutritionist applies the latest theories and research in nutrition and health science to individuals seeking to manage chronic disease or promote optimum health. You are treated as an individual when it comes to your health and dietary intake and the integrated nutrition approach is to identify your specific needs while also help to reveal where possible. This is often the case with digestive health and autoimmune issues.
Nutritional Therapy practically applies to individuals seeking to manage chronic disease or promote optimum wellness, the latest theories and research in health sciences and nutrition. The focus is on improving physiological function of the complex network of bodily systems, including digestion, immunity, hormonal and cardiovascular systems. Nutritional Therapy can be a very powerful approach to help alleviate and manage a wide range of conditions and improve the health outcomes of many individuals.
Nutritional Therapists work with a variety of clients – people wanting to optimize performance, avoid future health complications and those with chronic health problems, to provide advice on disease prevention and control. Everyone is an individual with a unique physiological make-up and unique dietary and nutritional requirements. A comprehensive case history is taken from each client covering current and past health concerns, current and past diet and lifestyle and family health. Biochemical laboratory testing may be requested to help assess nutritional status, functional capacity and inherited strengths and weaknesses. Clients will then receive carefully compiled recommendations on diet and lifestyle which may also include guidance on supporting digestion and absorption, natural detoxification, managing stress and the avoidance of allergens or toxins.
The initial Nutritional Therapy consultation may take 1 – 1½ hours, during which time a thorough case history is taken and the client’s requirements discussed. The Nutritional Therapist will then produce individualised recommendations on diet, specific nutrients and lifestyle, very often providing meal ideas, recipes and practical tips for moving towards a healthier lifestyle, and resources. The Nutritional Therapy consultant may also recommend laboratory tests or referral to other healthcare professionals, and often works in a multidisciplinary team with other lifestyle and wellness specialists.
In order to monitor progress and ensure the recommendations suit the client it may be necessary to return for a follow-up consultation which will usually last between 45 minutes and 1 hour. However the aim of a Nutritional Therapist is to give clients the knowledge and skills to manage their own health, so follow-ups are usually short term.