Nutritional Medicine is a science derived modality that considers food and nutrients in relation to health and disease. It analyses the quality of food, its preparation methods and the balance of macro- and micro-nutrients needed by an individual in various life stages.
Nutrition primarily focuses on changing a person’s consumption habits to promote the building of healthier tissues, the release of excess fat or toxins from the body.
Nutritional Medicine studies food and its nutrients and the impact it has on health and wellbeing.
The Nutritional Medicine Practitioner looks at the therapeutic potential of food, dietary choices and nutritional supplements as a way of enhancing health or assist in the management of a wide range of health conditions.
A Nutritionist makes individualized assessments to make sure the individual is eating the right foods or taking the right supplements for their condition and helps lay down the basic foundation for good health so that well being is established.
Why see a nutritionist? People choose to see a clinical nutritionist for a variety of health concerns. Most of the time these are chronic conditions and symptoms that are dealt with medications only, ignored or simply accepted as a fact of life. Everyday things like : weight gain, cravings, tiredness, lack of energy, low mood, sleep issues, pain.
Digestive symptoms : constipation, diarrhoea, reflux, flatulence, bloating, digestive discomfort that you are told is ‘probably all in your head’ or it does not show up in tests.
Hormonal symptoms : PMS, mood swings, ‘bloated-ness’, cravings.
Mental health symptoms : depression, anxiety, mood swings etc.
Children’s symptoms : fussy eating, eczema and other skin conditions, digestive troubles, respiratory issues, behaviour issues, food intolerances and allergies, hay fever and other respiratory symptoms. Everyday symptoms like these stem from our dietary choices, nutrient imbalances, lifestyle choices, environment and our genetic profile.
Nutritional Medicine aims to find the CAUSE of symptoms and address fundamental and functional imbalances to allow the body to heal itself and return it to optimum function.
Nutritional Medicine is PREVENTATIVE Medicine !