How I can help
an introduction to nutritional therapy
How I work
My work involves getting to the root cause of symptoms, understanding how and why the body becomes out of balance. By addressing any underlying factors that can be found through functional testing, this allows me to help you to achieve your health goals. I take a personalised approach to Nutritional Therapy, taking into account your genetics, lifestyle and dietary factors, as there is no one size fits all to achieve wellness. I can work with you to reduce risk factors, enhance your health and performance and reach your health goals.
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is a science-based approach to help you achieve wellness. The therapy focuses on the nutrient value of your diet, while also taking into account your environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors. It focuses on you and your body as a whole, opposed to focusing on just your presenting symptoms. As a Nutritional Therapist I will help to educate you on the benefits of prioritising your dietary and lifestyle choices, so that you can take control of your own health.
Functional tests are available at additional costs. These are in-depth tests that help to find underlying imbalances, deficiencies or infections that could be contributing to your symptoms. Functional testing can also be used from a preventive approach, maintaining wellness and minimising disease risk.
In what areas can nutritional therapy help?
How can nutritional therapy help you?
Nutritional therapy can help with various conditions and help to correct imbalances in the body, such as:
Skin & Respiratory
- Acid Reflux
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Autoimmune diseases
- Low immunity
- Weight loss
- High cholesterol
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Chronic fatigue
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Thyroid Disorders
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Interstitial Cystitis
your questions, answered
How long until I see results with nutrition?
This depends on how long you have had your symptoms, how motivated you are to change and how well you stick to the recommendations. If you have had a particular problem for years, it may be a few months for you to see noticeable changes. Generally most people tend to see a difference within 12 weeks.
Will the diet recommendations be really restrictive?
Diet recommendations are always tailored to your needs. If you feel your diet needs big improvements to become more healthy, this can be done very gradually, changing only a few aspects at a time. It’s important that your diet includes food that you enjoy and that you can stick to. If it is too restrictive, food is no longer enjoyable and your diet change will not be sustainable. Nutritional recommendations may be restrictive for a short period of time, such as removing possible food intolerances for six weeks, the goal can be to reintroduce these foods afterwards.
Do you include meal plans and recipes?
I tend to recommend specific foods and you can introduce these into your diet however you would like. I do recommend websites and cookbooks for recipes, but I do not write my own recipes and cannot plan a full meal plan for you (e.g what to eat for breakfast lunch and dinner each day).
How many follow up appointments do I need after the initial consultation?
This will depend on how progressed your symptom or condition is. For example, hormonal imbalances can take anywhere from 3 months to a year to become balanced again. Follow up appointments will be scheduled when necessary. The first follow up may be four weeks after the initial, then 8 weeks after the last follow up and maybe just once a year once you enter a maintenance phase.
Are supplements needed if I eat a healthy diet and exercise?
Eating a healthy diet is always the basis and most important factor. However, our soils are depleted, our food no longer has the same nutritional content as it used to, most of us are highly stressed and our environment is polluted. These all contribute to a higher demand of nutrients needed by the body which isn’t achievable through diet alone. If we do discover any deficiencies or infections, supplements will need to be used at a therapeutic dose for a short period of time to address this.
Why are the supplements you recommend more expensive than the ones in supermarkets?
Just like junk food is usually cheaper than higher quality, organic food, supplements also range in quality and price. Cheaper supplements can have more additives and fillers in them, less of the active ingredients and contain forms of minerals that are harder to absorb and utilise. The supplements I recommend use therapeutic dosages, are easily absorbed by the body and help to get results quicker. Additives in supplements may cause reactions in some individuals, as they can contain ingredients such as gluten, dairy, soy and other common allergens. The brands that I choose are hypoallergenic, meaning they contain very few of these common allergens.