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What is Nutritional therapy?

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutritional science in the promotion of health, peak performance and an individual’s wellness. It involves assessing the causes of disease and providing therapeutic protocols to address root causes rather than just symptoms. It identifies ways to support individuals though illness and sickness. It is frequently used in sports to gain optimal nutrition for optimal performance!

What sort of things do Nutritional Therapists help?

Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools including laboratory testing to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances. These can range from:

  • long-standing chronic conditions
  • more immediate nutritional demands for peak performance e.g. in competitive sport
  • or for those looking for help to enhance their overall health and well being

Nutritional Therapy practitioners consider each individual to be unique and will set out a personalised nutrition and lifestyle programme (rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach) that works alongside and compliments regular medical advice and treatments.  

Nutritional Therapists are trained to the highest standards to recognise serious and life threatening conditions and will always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional for immediate treatment. Practitioners will always communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in a client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been recommended.

What to expect at your consultation

Prior to your first consultation you will be required to:

  • complete a questionnaire setting out what you need support with
  • fill out a 7 day food diary and
  • supply our Nutritional Therapist with information on any medication that you are taking

These forms will be emailed to you and should be returned in plenty of time before your first consultation. The Initial Consultations will last for approximately 1 hour. During this time, you will be asked detailed questions about your current health concerns and past medical history, including medications, supplements and food habits. In addition we will ask you about your lifestyle and food habits.

How is treatment given?

Our Nutritional Therapist will then evaluate your individual needs and use the extensive evidence base for nutritional science to develop a personalised, safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme.

Within 5 days after your initial consultation, you will receive a personal nutrition and supplement programme via email, which will contain recommendations specific to your particular needs. It will include relevant handouts and recipes where appropriate. All advice will be thoroughly explained to you in a 30 minute phone call to discuss your plan at a time convenient to you.

Most people will require follow up consultations to assess their progress or to make small changes and alterations to their programme. The second consultation usually takes place 4-6 weeks after the initial consultation. These sessions usually take 30 minutes and look to build on the progress that you have made to date.

You may be asked to start taking nutritional supplements or undergo specific tests. All tests are carried out in private regulated laboratories and will incur extra cost, but you will be notified of any extra cost during the consultation. This will only be a recommendation to increase the efficacy of the therapy plan I am recommending.

Take advantage of a free of charge 15 minute phone consultation!

If you would like to speak to our Nutritional Therapist first before committing to an Initial Consultation, please call Richard for your free 15 min phone consultation on 07875-711449.

As a member of BANT and CNHC you can be confident that Richard Bright follows the strict BANT and CNHC Code of Professional Practice, has professional indemnity insurance for clinical practice and also meets the membership entry criteria for BANT and CNHC found at here