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WHAT SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY INITIAL CONSULTATION?
Once you book a consultation on my website you will receive a few forms to complete within the forms you will have to provide the following information,
The names of any medication you have taken or are currently taking
Any supplements you are currently taking and their brand names
A three day diet diary to show me at the consultation
During the consultation make sure you are in a quiet, relaxed, private environment for the zoom call as we will go through your medical history and personal questions.
COMPARING NUTRITIONISTS, DIETITIANS AND NUTRITIONAL THERAPISTS
While all three professionals - nutritionists, dietitians, and nutritional therapists - share a common goal of improving health through nutrition, their methods and focus areas vary considerably.
Nutritionists typically guide individuals, groups and organisations to adopt healthyeating habits and lifestyle changes, primarily serving those already in good health. The information they provide is not typically personalised to unique health circumstances.
Both dietitians and nutritional therapy practitioners bring their specialised training into play while working with individuals seeking nutrition advice for specific health goals orconditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. Their evidence based nutritional advice finds application in various clinical settings, helping clients navigate their health journey.
Dietitians vs nutritionists may formally diagnose nutritional diseases (deficiency states like Iron-deficiency anaemia) and prescribe supplements available on the NHS to correct these. They may also use medical nutrition therapies, such as Ensure when treating people with severe eating disorders. Only dietitians can provide hospital-based care and support clients with chronic kidney disease.
Nutritional Therapists, with their personalised and holistic approach, cater to the unique biochemical needs of an individual. They delve into an individual's lifestyle, personal health goals, and genetic predispositions, offering a tailored plan to address nutritional imbalances and promote overall well-being.
Nutritional Therapists often use a broader range of supplements, including those with optimised bioavailability or side effect minimisation, formulations of multiple nutrients in single products, and phytochemical or probiotic supplements unavailable on the NHS. They may also employ a broader range of laboratory tests that help the practitioner to understand the client's current physiological state of health, imbalances and personalised requirements.
WHAT IS NUTRITIONAL THERAPY?
Nutritional therapy is the practice of considering every aspect of health, diet, and overall lifestyle when giving nutrition recommendations. It is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care.
Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health.
Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine. Client’s may seek the help of a Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner for chronic health conditions or for health optimisation. The frequency of visits depends on individual circumstances but are typically 4 weeks apart.
Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care.
WHAT IS NATUROPATHY?
Naturopathy also called Naturopathic Medicine is a medical system that has evolved from a combination of traditional practices and health care approaches popular in Europe during the 19th century.
The principles of Naturopathy were first used by the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400 BC. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to induce cure. It was from this original school of thought that Naturopathy takes its principles.
People visit naturopathic practitioners for various health-related purposes, including primary care, overall well-being, and treatment of illnesses.
Naturopathic practitioners use many different treatment approaches. Examples include:
Dietary and lifestyle changes
Herbs and other dietary supplements