WHAT IS NUTRITIONAL THERAPY?
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance, and individual care. Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (or Nutritional Therapists) use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows us to work with individuals to achieve nutritional balance and optimal health. Nutritional Therapy is recognized as a complement to both Western (allopathic) and naturopathic medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and well-being.
Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalized nutrition and lifestyle programs rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Our health is determined by a variety of factors and we never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice; we can even work alongside your medical or other healthcare professional to communicate any nutritional therapy program that we recommend.
WHY NUTRITIONAL THERAPY?
Every cell in our body runs and is made from the nutrients we get from our food. These nutrients and other food components influence the function of the body, protect against disease, restore health, and determine people’s response to changes in the environment. Under certain circumstances and in some individuals, diet can be a serious risk factor for a number of ailments and diseases. Common dietary chemicals can act on the human genome, either directly or indirectly, to alter gene expression or structure. The degree to which diet influences the balance between healthy and disease states may depend on an individual’s genetic makeup. Some diet-regulated genes (and their normal, common variants) are likely to play a role in the onset, incidence, progression, and/or severity of common ailments and chronic diseases, including those passed down to future generations. Dietary intervention based on knowledge of nutritional requirement, nutritional status, and genotype (i.e. nutritional therapy) can be used to prevent or alleviate symptoms of these ailments and chronic disease.*
*Adapted from the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy