Nutritional Therapy links what you eat to your overall health. It is a natural approach which helps people to maximise their health potential by focusing on eating or eliminating particular foods for therapeutic benefit.
Nutritional Therapists advise on a wide range of health concerns from relatively minor issues such as dry skin, insomnia or fatigue to chronic health complaints such as inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis or depression. Nutritional therapy can also help prevent potential illnesses, aid in weight gain/loss and support pregnancy.
Rather than treating the symptoms of illness, a Nutritional Therapist will treat the root cause of the problem through dietary adjustments and, sometimes, supplements to help support the body.
The initial consultation typically takes 1-1½ hrs. During this time a thorough and detailed case history will be taken, looking at past and current illnesses, family history of illness, past and current medications and current diet and lifestyle. Also during the consultation some non-invasive functional testing may be required such as tongue and nail analysis, and blood pressure.
Your Nutritional Therapist will work with you to discuss your aims and needs. An individual treatment plan will be devised for you with necessary dietary modifications and the inclusion of vitamin and mineral supplementation if required. A food intolerance test may be advisable but it is not essential. The primary aim of a Nutritional Therapist is to give you the necessary skills and knowledge required to achieve your own optimal health.
Food intolerances occur when the digestive system is no longer able to process particular foods as they pass down the digestive tract. This results in a build up of many poisonous toxins, which then pass through into the bloodstream where they cause infection and inflammation in the body.
At Nourish by Nature we provide the Lorisian Food Intolerance Test. This simple pin prick blood test is quick and easy to perform and involves drawing a small amount of blood from the finger. Your blood sample will be sent for laboratory analysis where it will be screened for intolerance’s to various foods. Laboratory testing is the only reliable scientific way of testing for food intolerances. People who have food intolerances tend to have two to three primary problem foods and a small number of secondary foods. This test is able to detect those primary problematic foods.
Usually a follow up appointment is required to monitor your progress and to make any changes to your treatment plan. A follow up appointment takes approximately 45 minutes.