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What is a Nutritional Therapist?

Most of us have a general understanding that we should eat better, exercise more, and prioritise self-care for a long and fulfilling life. However, the realities of daily life often get in the way of achieving these goals. With jobs to juggle and the complexities of modern relationships, finding time to prioritize our health can be a challenge. Convenience often takes precedence, and while that's not necessarily wrong, it's important to recognize the silent toll it takes on our well-being. The truth is, neglecting our health can lead to various issues, from minor nuisances like IBS, PMT, stress, and weight gain, to more serious conditions that may require hospitalization.

Today, I want to emphasize the incredible impact that food can have on our lives. Making changes to your diet can often yield remarkable improvements in the symptoms of these conditions, transforming the way you experience life.

So, what exactly is nutritional therapy?

In the past, it was often dismissed as "alternative medicine," but now the science behind nutrition and its impact on health is gaining the recognition it deserves. Prominent medical doctors like Dr. Rangan Chatterjee and Dr. Michael Mosely actively promote the importance of dietary choices. Nutritional therapists utilize the latest research and hypotheses in nutrition and health sciences to create a personalized plan for your unique needs. They may also provide coaching to help you implement the plan effectively and overcome any obstacles that may have hindered your progress in the past.

Nutritional therapy is highly individualized. Practitioners often refer to people as "biochemically unique" because there is no one-size-fits-all approach to eating. For instance, Sandra may be dealing with PMS and weight loss goals, while you might have a history of antibiotic use and had your appendix removed at a young age. Sandra might have a dairy intolerance, whereas you dislike strawberries. The permutations are endless. Your DNA, medical history, current symptoms, preferences, and personal circumstances all play a crucial role in creating a tailored plan with a nutritionist.

This personalized approach requires time and expertise. While you could download generic information from the internet, it doesn't compare to the precision and effectiveness of working with a nutrition practitioner. Moreover, nutritionists may recommend supplements that target specific conditions or support your health goals. However, navigating the supplement landscape without proper knowledge can be risky and expensive.

With such promising results, you might wonder why more people don't see a nutritionist. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the profound effects a personalized food and lifestyle program can have on their symptoms and overall well-being. Newspaper headlines often tout the latest food trends but fail to connect the dots, making it challenging to understand how these changes can apply to your life. Even most doctors, including those in training, have limited knowledge and practical experience when it comes to guiding patients on proper nutrition. Their solutions often lie in prescribing medication during brief appointments.

However, some forward-thinking doctors like Dr. Chatterjee are embracing a broader approach called Functional Medicine. This framework acknowledges that symptoms stem from imbalances within the body. Instead of solely treating the symptoms, nutrition professionals strive to identify the root causes and base their programs on addressing those underlying issues. Think about it: Most medications simply suppress symptoms, with only a few serving as actual cures (like antibiotics). Conventional medicine's predominantly pharmacological approach fails to uncover the root causes. For nutrition professionals, understanding the why behind your symptoms is the starting point for developing a comprehensive solution.

You might wonder, "What if I already know what to do?" Knowing what you should do is just one part of the equation when it comes to improving your health. Staying motivated is often the most challenging aspect of any plan. Having a buddy or coach who can provide guidance, accountability, and support when you deviate from the path can make all the difference. This is where health coaching comes in, ensuring that your efforts don't go to waste and helping you maintain long-term success.

If you feel that you could benefit from this level of support, I invite you to book a free discovery call with me and together, we can explore how nutritional therapy can empower you to achieve your goals and experience optimal well-being!

What is a nutritional therapist?

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