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What is a Naturopathic Nutritionist?

As a naturopathic nutritionist I take a functional medicine approach, which is a personalised medicine that deals with primary prevention and identification seeking to address the underlying causes rather than treating and masking the symptoms of serious chronic disease.

The following principles apply:

  • Biochemical individuality - we believe that each person has variations in metabolic function deriving from associated genetic and environmental factors
  • Patient centred care rather than disease centred care.
  • Rebalance the human body - we believe the body works like an eco system; being an orchestrated network of interconnected systems all working together. Should one system be out of balance this will in turn have an effect on others.
  • Health is seen as positive vitality, not just absence of disease!

I offer diagnostic testing to help identify the drivers that are causing the symptoms within the body. I can then offer treatment using a naturopathic diet tailored to the individual. I can also offer guidance on which high strength supplements would be best to treat the condition, re-establish optimal cell function to bring the individual back to optimal health.

The core clinical imbalances that arise can be:

  • Nutritional deficiencies.
  • External and internal stress.
  • Hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances.
  • Free radical damage & inflammation.
  • Toxins & poor detoxification.
  • Poor digestive disorder or microbiological imbalances.
  • Immune imbalances and microbes or viral infections.
  • Structural imbalances - eg. cellular membrane function to the musculoskeletal system

Difference between Nutritional Therapist and Dieticians?

A nutritional therapist works on optimum nutrition levels to treat and prevent chronic illness; therefore we will on many occasions provide a unique supplement program to re-correct imbalances. We look at the client from a holistic perspective and from scientific based evidence via diagnostic testing. We believe that each individual has a different genetic make-up (genomics) and take into account how the interaction of environmental factors can switch on or switch off the gene expression and thus affect cell functionality; therefore we treat the person not the symptoms.

A dietician is a state-registered nutritionist works on recommended daily allowances (RDA) levels which are set by the government and only on occasions will prescribe food supplements if there is a case of obvious nutritional deficiency. They tend to focus on a particular symptom and do not take into account the biochemical individuality of their patient. They tend to work with doctors or within the NHS. 

Why is what we eat so important?

Putting it simply, the human body is made up of and functions from our food:

Protein for growth, repair and healthy metabolism and is obtained from mainly meat, fish, lentils and eggs.

Carbohydrates for energy and obtained from mainly vegetables and fruit and grains

Fatty acids for insulation, hormone production, nerve protection and energy and obtained from meat, fish, nuts & seeds.

Vitamins, Minerals and Phytochemicals  are co factors to help our body function and communicate, found mainly from vegetables and fruit.

These nutrients give us energy; help makes our structure, build our bones and muscles and creates our hormones which regulate how our body functions. If we do not provide our body with the good quality nutrition that it requires, it can have a long-term detrimental effect on our health and well-being.

Our body works as a whole, however is made up of individual systems. These systems such as the cardiovascular, the digestive and so forth, are made up from individual cells. These cells rely on nutrients such as glucose, oxygen, water, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals to develop and work successfully. If we do not provide optimum nutrition for these cells they will not function to the best of their ability and start to dysfunction.  Millions of dysfunctioning cells then create numerous different symptoms and chronic diseases that become apparent in the individual.

To paint the picture, our body is similar a car.  If you put diesel into a petrol car the car will not start or not run smoothly. Therefore what we eat has a direct impact on how we feel and our overall well-being.

Identification and correction of these imbalances will therefore bring your body back to balance and with time your cells will function to optimal level, therefore allowing you to become symptom free, feel re-vitalised whilst bringing you back to good health.

Nutrition vs Conventional Medicine?

Conventional medicine is essential for our well-being and saving lives, however where it fails is in prevention.

Conventional medicine tends to treat the symptoms instead of getting to the cause of the condition and the cause is what triggered these symptoms in the first place!

For example, a person may be suffering from headaches, bloating and skin problems to which a doctor may prescribe painkillers for the headaches, laxatives for constipation and steroid cream for the skin and from once you stop taking the prescribed drug the problem returns!

As a naturopathic nutritionist using the functional medicine approach, we would treat the trigger! 

For example, it could be the digestive system is not performing correctly and has become sluggish. The resulting constipation would cause a collection of toxins that could be causing the underlying headaches and skin issues.

There are many health problems; however most are triggered by the same mechanisms & nutritional deficiencies,

  • External and internal stress
  • Hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances
  • Free radical damage & inflammation,
  • Toxins & poor detoxification
  • Poor digestive disorder or microbiological imbalances
  • Immune imbalances and microbes or viral infections.
  • Structural imbalances; Eg. from cellular membrane function to the musculoskeletal system

Our job is to find the trigger, rebalance the cells functions so optimal health is achieved and then sustains the maintenance of well-being.

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