Nutritional Therapy is a way of enabling people to reach optimum health through the use of foods, diets, supplements, functional testing, assessment and support. The primary focus is through food and as Hippocrates famously said ‘let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food’. Nutritional Therapy used evidence based dietary and lifestyle interventions to optimise health and wellness. Everyone is individual and unique and it has be shown that a tailored individual approach works best. Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine.
Nutritional Therapy is based on the scientific principal that the nutrients needed to heal the body and sustain a level of optimum health and vitality can be achieved through food, as nature intended it.
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Unfortunately, the word ‘nutritionist’ is not a protected title and so anybody can claim to be a nutritionist without any training or qualifications or belonging to any governing bodies. However, registered nutritionists will have spent time studying for a qualification and provide evidence based information and guidance on the impact of food and nutrition on the human body and they can often be found working in the world of research and education so always look for the qualifications and registered governing bodies a nutritionist belongs to before taking any advice.
A dietician will generally be found working within the NHS and they are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. A dietician will use science nutrition to create eating plans to help treat certain medical conditions.
A nutritional therapist will have studied for a recognised qualification also enabling them to be registered with a governing body. Nutritional Therapists tend to work privately with clients and will consider every individual to be unique and make personalised nutrition and lifestyle plans rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach which says everyone with the same condition should have the same plan. Nutritional Therapists will work alongside medical professionals and share any nutritional programmes where needed.