Nutritional Therapy is the individualised application of nutrition science and lifestyle changes in the promotion of optimum health, peak performance and personal 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. With the combination of dietary and lifestyle changes, Nutritional Therapy can have a positive effect on individuals with chronic disease. Prevention is better than cure, and when given the correct information regarding diet and lifestyle for the individual, it can have a lasting effect on possibly preventing chronic ailments in the future.
Qualified Nutritional Therapists would have studied for a minimum of 3 years with an additional 6 months supervised clinical practice. They will be members of the NTOI (Nutritional Therapists of Ireland)and will be fully insured. It is evidence based practice using information from the latest research findings and a therapist would immediately refer the client to a medical professional if presented with any 'red flags'. Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Qualified Nutritional Therapy Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as an alternative for medical advice.
Nutritional Therapy is based on the principles of Functional Medicine which addresses the individual with the disease rather than the disease the individual has.Functional Medicine looks at the body as a connective web of health systems and uses the root and branch theory. By carefully observing symptoms the client may be experiencing, Functional Medicine relates these back to the systems, be it digestive, immune etc that may not be functioning optimally. Research has found that simple things like improving digestion, correcting nutrient deficiencies, improving poor gut health and stress can have incredibly positive impacts on health and general wellbeing.