What Is Nutritional Therapy?

In short, it looks at food as medicine. The overall essence of Nutritional Therapy is about getting to the root cause of a disease, or symptoms, so appropriate steps can be taken to support the body’s innate healing abilities through the use of whole and organic foods as medicine. The body is very clever, providing it with the right environment will go a long way to healing many aliments. 


What type of diet should we be on? There are some general guidelines I think are going to benefit the majority of people but there isn’t one diet that suits every single human being. A diet to help heal IBS or heal an autoimmune disease are both going to vary. So it’s not a one size fits all answer. However putting a focus on whole, preferably organic where possible, foods has been shown to lower inflammation, optimise vitamin and mineral deficiencies and balance blood sugars. If you optimise those areas you aren’t likely going to need to be seeing someone like me! 


Are sweet treats off limits? No way!! I personally love a sweet treat and use the book ‘Livia’s Kitchen’ for healthier baking alternatives. Try banoffee squares or the chocolate mocha tart and you won’t turn back!

Should we be on supplements? This is one of the most commonly asked questions I get. Unfortunately my answer is not a straight yes or no. Like diet, supplementing is unique to the individual depending on things like age, genetics, metabolism and so on. Some supplements are safer than others. For instance, taking too much vitamin C may give you loose stools but taking too much iron could be toxic. Either way it is important to treat supplements like medications, it is always best to seek advice from a nutritional therapist or other healthcare professional before starting a supplement. 


Should we eat gluten? For many people gluten is a problem. This doesn’t mean everyone needs to put the bread aside but many do benefit from removing it from their diets. Gluten sensitivity is different from coeliac. Coeliac is a true allergy to gluten and a autoimmune disease. Remember it is not all doom and gloom for bread lovers! Lots of people seem okay with gluten. Many people with autoimmune conditions might find it worthwhile to give a gluten free diet a trial. 


Nutritional advice doesn’t have to be daunting or restrictive, it’s not about telling you what you can and cannot eat, often it’s small changes that can have a big impact on your health. Let’s just say, I’m not running around drinking green smoothies and nibbling on raw kale every day!