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Food for Thought: Why Nutritional Therapy is the Missing Ingredient in Your Health Journey

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

A slice of pizza on the wooden board

As someone who has struggled with hormonal issues, weight loss and body image for years, I can appreciate the importance of a holistic, mind-body approach to health and wellness. After years of trying to discover a perfect fad diet that would eventually agree with my body (you guessed it, it never did), I discovered the world of Nutritional Therapy.

It’s not just about eating healthy but understanding the connection between what we put in our bodies and how it affects our overall health. If you think about it, and as trivial as it might sound, "we are what we eat". The stuff we put in our mouths eventually becomes cells, tissues and organs. It creates emotions and thoughts.

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional therapy is a holistic approach to health that focuses on the role of nutrition in optimising physical and emotional well-being. It’s not just about eating healthy foods, but understanding how the nutrients in those foods affect our body’s systems and functions. Nutritional therapy is based on the belief that food can be medicine and that by making specific dietary changes, we can optimise our health and prevent disease.

Nutritional therapy is often used in conjunction with functional medicine to provide a comprehensive approach to health and wellness. By addressing nutritional deficiencies and imbalances, identifying and treating the root cause of disease, functional medicine and nutritional therapy can provide a powerful tool for improving health outcomes.

Who are we, Nutritional Therapists?

Nutritional therapists are trained professionals who use nutrition as a science-based tool to support and optimise health. They work with clients to develop personalised nutrition plans that consider their unique needs, preferences and health goals. Nutritional therapists are trained to identify nutritional deficiencies and imbalances and to recommend dietary changes, supplements and other lifestyle modifications that can address gut issues, energy and stress levels, emotional relationship with food and overall well-being.

The link between nutrition and disease prevention is well-established. Poor nutrition is a major risk factor for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

How Nutritional Therapy Can Help with Weight Loss

One of the reasons why people seek out nutritional therapy is to lose weight. A Nutritional Therapist can help you identify dietary imbalances and deficiencies contributing to weight gain and recommend dietary changes to support weight loss, including guidance on portion control, mindful eating and other sustainable, long-term strategies.

Emotional eating and stress eating are common issues that can contribute to weight gain and other health problems. Nutritional therapy can help address these issues by identifying the underlying emotional and psychological factors driving these behaviours. A Nutritional Therapist can help you to adopt healthy coping mechanisms, and recommend dietary changes and supplements (if needed) that can support emotional and mental health.

The Role of Nutritional Therapy in Gut Health and Digestive Issues

Nutritional therapy can also play a key role in improving gut health and treating digestive issues. The gut is home to trillions of bacteria that play a critical role in digestion and overall health. Through Nutritional Therapy, we can identify dietary imbalances and deficiencies that may be contributing to gut issues and recommend dietary changes and supplements that can support gut health.

Finding a Nutritional Therapist and What to Expect in a Session

If you would like to explore nutritional therapy, the first step is to find a qualified nutritional therapist. Look for someone who is licensed or certified and who has experience working with clients with similar health concerns. In your first session, your nutritional therapist will conduct a thorough assessment of your health history and current dietary habits, and develop a personalised nutrition plan based on your unique needs and health goals.

Nutritional therapy is a powerful tool for optimising health and preventing disease.

Whether you’re struggling with chronic disease, weight issues or digestive problems, nutritional therapy can play a key role in your health journey. So why not start seeing food as medicine and give Nutritional Therapy a try?


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