What is Nutritional therapy?

Nutritional therapy is the use of food and diet to treat and prevent illness, and to restore the body to its natural, healthy equilibrium. Food has always been used for its medicinal effects, and we know that a varied diet, rich in natural ingredients, is essential for good health. Diet is an integral element in almost all therapies.

In today’s world, intensive farming methods, pollution, pesticides, and refining processes make our diets often far less nutritious than they appear.

Alcohol, tobacco, drugs and stress also rob the body of nutrients. Nutritional therapy is based on the belief that the body is made up of elements that were once the nutritional elements of food. The idea is that health problems crop up when one of the nutritional links is weak or missing.

Nutritional therapy works by putting these back in food and supplements, and also considers when you eat, when and how you exercise and sleep.

Nutritional problems

Possible food allergy intolerance or sensitivity may be identified, and extra foods or supplements or allergy treatment be suggested to provide therapeutic benefits with increased absorption of necessary nutrients. Treatment will always be strictly tailored to the individual.

What can be treated?

Almost anything that can affect the human body or mind can respond to nutritional therapy at some level, such conditions as; anxiety, arthritis, asthma, depression, digestive disorders, eczema, headaches, herpes, high blood-pressure, hormone problems, PMS, osteoporosis, pregnancy, problems, reduced immunities, skin problems, stress, and viruses and more.

Most importantly nutritional therapy is preventative, it can include dietary changes, supplements such as tissue salts, miracle sugars "Sugars that heal, make your body cells work for optimal health", and special diets such as blood type diet of Peter D'Adamo or cancer nutritional programs of Charlotte Gerson.

Advice can be given on what to eat or drink together, and what to eat when in relation to exercise, sleep, medication intake and illness. Special dietary and exercise advice for various conditions, e.g. in diabetes, both for insulin dependent and non-insulin dependent diabetes.

How long does treatment take?

This will be dependent on the severity of the condition and the length of time the condition has been present. The benefits will be noticed as soon as dietary changes are made, however long term illness may take more than 10 sessions to clear. Long term dietary changes will impact all systems of the body to be improved, better health, increased immunity and a raised ability to fight off infection and recover from health problems or injuries.

The initial consultation and case history takes approximately up to 1 hour with follow-up visits taking between half an hour to one hour. Follow-ups are usually at monthly intervals depending on need.

Helen Bowman
ND, Dip Hom, BSc(Hons), Dip Clin Sci, NAET Cert, NAET Instructor Cert, MANP, MICR.
Telephone: 07710 853 914
Email: helen@holistichealthcare.eu