The world Health Organisation estimates that 79% of all deaths worldwide are attributed to chronic disease. For the first time in history more people will die from chronic disease (including heart disease, diabetes and cancer) than an infectious disease and there are more overweight people on the planet than underweight.
According to WHO, chronic diseases are largely preventable and the most cost-effective, affordable and sustainable way to deal with them is by prevention with diet and lifestyle.
There are numerous studies and epidemiological data to show that diet and lifestyle choices such as smoking, high stress levels or fruit and vegetable intake have a profound impact on our health.
Is it safe?
One of the Naturopathic Principles states “First, do no harm”. During our training we learn a lot about spotting the signs of something serious and in those cases we always refer people back to their primary care physician for further assessment. We also learn about interactions between medications and nutrients and therefore nutritional therapists are more than equipped to deal with even complex cases of chronic disease in a safe manner.
Is it safe for children?
It is not only safe but essential. By teaching children to eat well you are building the foundation of their health. If supplements are advised for therapeutic purposes, they are carefully selected to get adequate dose for their age/weight and nutritional requirements.
Studies show that nutrition has a huge influence on child’s development. Some even link the impact of maternal diet in pregnancy on their children’s health later in life.
My doctor says diet has nothing to do with my condition and advises against nutritional supplements.
Although doctors are highly qualified and undergo years of training, unfortunately they learn very little about nutrition. There are hundreds of studies on nutrients, dietary and lifestyle interventions showing positive effect on health. Proper nutrition can help with your overall health but also enhance the efficacy of conventional treatment. If your doctor is sceptical I can liaise with him or provide suitable research to support my recommendations.
I am pregnant or planning to be pregnant and I am scared that I can do something that will harm my baby.
We are always extra cautious in case of pregnancy and avoid anything that may be potentially harmful to you or your baby or when the research is lacking.
Your body requires extra nutrients during pregnancy. By supporting it properly you can avoid common symptoms that come with pregnancy as well as making sure your baby is getting plenty of nutrients to help it develop healthily.
There is lots of research into the environment and maternal diet during pregnancy having a long term effect on the child’s health and therefore it is vital to get the right advice.
I am on multiple medications. Can diet affect how they are processed?
Many people are put on different medication without worrying about consequences. The effect of drugs are mostly studied on their own, not when mixed with other medication. Food is powerful. Diet as well as supplements can affect the way some of those substances are processed. As Nutritional Therapists we are trained to recognise drug and nutrient interactions and always check your medication.
I’ve tried changing my diet in the past but I didn’t feel any different. Is it worth the trouble?
There are many ‘fad diets’ out there and everyone is different. Some people for example strive on high fat diets whereas others need more carbohydrates. During the consultation we will consider everything in details to come up with a plan that suits you best.
I don’t believe in quick fixes. The aim is to make gradual and long term changes.
Who could benefit from Nutritional Therapy?
I not only believe that everyone can benefit from Nutrition but that it is everyone’s obligation to look after their health.
The health expenditure is going up and it is becoming unsustainable. The UK population as well as the number of people over the age of 65 are expected to rise, which puts a lot of stress on the healthcare system.
Whether you simply don’t feel at your best and want to improve your health, or you’ve got a few extra pounds to lose and are confused by the multitude of dietary advice there is always something for you.
What is involved in a consultation?
Prior to the consultation you will have to complete a detailed questionnaire and a 5 day diet diary. This is to give me as much information as possible about your current health issues, previous medical history and your dietary and lifestyle habits. Doing so will leave us more time during the consultation so that we can join the dots as to what may be the triggers to your symptoms and what we can do about it. It will also allow you to ask any questions that you may have.
The consultation takes an hour. During the first part I will try to listen to your story, establish the key imbalances and get to know you better. At the end I will do my best to help you understand what is going on, on a deeper level and what is required to support your body. Follow up appointments are best to be scheduled 4-6 weeks after your initial consultation.
Will I have to undergo tests?
Functional tests can be a wonderful tool that can provide us with more information of the triggers, nutritional deficiencies or genetic predispositions. Often times they can give us lots of information to work with making your protocol more personalised and targeted which often saves a lot of time, money and gives better results in the long term.
Some tests can be requested from your GP, whereas others can be done privately. If necessary we will discuss them in detail during the consultation.
Will I have to take supplements?
Unfortunately our diets nowadays are deficient in many nutrients. Poor digestion, stimulants, stress, medication and other factors can further deplete nutrients in the body. In addition, having certain conditions may increase your requirements in vitamins and minerals.
I believe that your diet is the most important and you should be aiming to get a broad spectrum of nutrients from your food.
However in some circumstances diet is simply not enough and additional supplemental support is required.
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