What is Nutritional Therapy and how does it work?

What is Nutritional Therapy and how does it work?

 

Nutritional Therapy is a recognised complementary medicine considered particularly suited to those suffering chronic conditions and looking to optimise their health. It uses nutrition science and is focused on a personalised approach to support individuals. It uses a set of fundamental principles which support optimal health outcomes, i.e.

  • Biochemical individuality: understanding and appreciating the importance of variations in metabolic function deriving from genetic, epigenetic and environmental differences among individuals;
  • Person centred: emphasising individual care rather than disease care, following Sir William Osler’s admonition that “It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has”
  • Dynamic balance of internal and external factors: understanding that resilient homeostasis (the buffering capacity to respond to a perturbation) is important for physiological equilibrium;
  • Web-like interactions: understanding that human physiology functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously and without effect on each other; and
  • Promotion of organ reserve: as the means to enhance health span by maintaining genomic stability and mitochondrial capacity so decreasing morbidity.

Nutritional Therapy practice is science and evidence-based and up-to-date. It uses a practice framework which facilitates individualised nutrition and lifestyle programmes by using a wide range of tools to assess health status which means making the right nutritional and lifestyle choices to suit your body can have a very powerful impact to the way you feel and look.

 

Sources used:
BANT – British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy
NTEC – Nutritional Therapy Education Commission