Nutritional therapy is a practice of personalised Lifestyle Medicine (also called Functional Medicine), which is used to optimise health, fitness and wellbeing.
The challenges of modern-day life (lack of time, convenience foods, skipped meals, nutritional deficiencies, pollution, stress, anxiety, poor sleep…..the list goes on); can overwhelm our bodies’ systems, resulting in a multitude of interconnected health symptoms.
There is now a wealth of scientific research looking at how foods, food derivatives and environmental inputs influence health at a molecular and biochemical level.
Nutritional Therapy offers a completely personalised approach to health.
In the main, modern medicine treats symptoms. It rarely tackles the question of why these symptoms may be occurring. For example, if you get frequent headaches you may take a lot of painkillers. In the short term this can solve the problem, but pain is a warning sign, there to tell us that something is going wrong. Painkillers don’t tackle the source of the problem. The why.
Working together, we look upstream from symptoms and aim to identify any biochemical imbalances and their root cause. This is our start point. The source of the symptom rather than the symptom itself.
It is easy to get into a downward spiral with our health, but it can be just as easy to get into an upward spiral if we know the best place to start. Small and well-targeted changes to diet and lifestyle really can have a significant and positive impact on health and well-being.
Food for Thought
We are one giant metropolis of living cells, half human and half microbial.
All these cells are in constant communication with each other using hormones, neurotransmitters (brain signalling chemicals) and cytokines (messenger molecules released by our immune cells). The “conversations” that our cells have help them to decide what functions to carry out; should they mend and repair, build muscle, manufacture energy, store fat, fight infections, make memories, synthesise feel-good molecules, reproductive hormones, etc.
Modern life can place a huge strain on our cells. Their “conversations” can become unhelpful. This may result in a whole host of unfavourable symptoms.
In order for our cells and their communication systems to thrive we have basic requirements. These include water, amino acids, fatty acids, glucose, vitamins and minerals. Our beneficial gut microbes feast on the undigested remnants of our meals, preferring fibre. These gut microbes can influence our weight, energy levels, food cravings, mood and how well we cope with infections and disease.
Food really is so much more than calories; it is information for our cells and our microbes. Optimal nutrition, sleep, exercise, taking time out, fun, laughter; all this helps our cells to flourish; promoting better health, energy, and wellbeing.
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Nutrition and lifestyle interventions may be able to help with many chronic conditions including: