ill title Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy examines your diet, lifestyle and environment in order to determine your unique nutritional requirements. Dietary and lifestyle changes will be recommended to help you to transform you health by addressing the underlying causes of your ill-health. Laboratory tests and supplements may also be recommended.

How do the consultations work?

Nutrition consultations take place on a one-to-one basis. Before the first consultation you will be posted or emailed a questionnaire to fill in about your symptoms, medical history, diet and lifestyle. The consultation will use the details in the questionnaire as a starting point for identifying the underlying causes for your health concerns. These will be explained and a programme of dietary and lifestlye changes devised, along with supplements and biochemical tests where necessary.

All the information on the questionnaire and any notes taken during consultations are strictly confidential between the client and the nutritional therapist.

How long are consultations?

The first consultation for a new patient is approximately 1 and a half hours. Follow-up consultations are approximately 1 hour. Follow-up consultations are usually around 4-6 weeks apart, with telephone and email support available in the interim.

How many consultations will I need?

The amount of consultations needed depends on the complexity of the health issues and support required. Some health issues can be sorted out in a couple of consultations, others need more time. Many clients choose to come back 1-2 times per year for a nutrition MOT.

What happens during follow-up consultations?

The purpose of the follow-up consultations is to monitor progress since the last visit, evaluate any diagnostic test results and to build on the dietary and lifestyle recommendations to ensure that your programme is still working effectively for you.

What if I have questions between consultations?

E-mail and telephone support is available between consultations.

What's the difference between a Nutritional Therapist, Nutritionist and a Dietitian?

Dietitians and nutritionists are both registered with the Nutrition Society and advise a client on optimum nutrition based on their body mass and explaining the link between different foods and nutrient composition using the Government 'Balance of Good Health model'. Dieticians primarily work within the NHS. Nutritionists are scientists and usually work in academic research, the food industry or the media. Nutritionists are not trained in clinical practice and don't see clients.

Nutritional therapists are complementary health practioners that promote optimum nutrition by devising individual programmes for diet and lifestyle. They are registered with the British Association for Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy and primarily work in private practice. They advise on each person's unique dietary and nutritional needs for metabolic and hormonal function and aim to alleviate or prevent ailments and promote optimal gene expression through all life stages. Recommendations may include guidance on natural detoxification, procedures to promote colon health, methods to support digestion and absorption, the avoidance of toxins or allergens and the appropriate use of supplementary nutrients, including phytonutrients. Biochemical and functional tests may also be recommended.