Nutritional Therapy practically applies the latest theories and research in nutrition and health sciences to individuals seeking to manage chronic disease or promote optimum health.
The focus is to improve physiological function of a number of bodily systems, including the digestive, immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems.
Nutritional Therapy can help alleviate and manage a wide range of conditions and can help improve the health outcomes of many individuals.
Nutritional Therapists recognise that each person is individual so they want to understand their unique stories. This includes their lifestyle, diet, genes and environment. They may suggest lab tests to identify specific imbalances. With this knowledge, they are able to create dietary and lifestyle plans that reduce symptoms and support a client towards achieving optimum wellbeing.
Nutritional Therapy is an evidence-based practice and is recognised as complementary medicine. It is suitable for any individual suffering from a chronic conditions or those who simply want to improve and maintain their diet and well-being. Safe practice is of the upmost importance and all clients must be registered with a GP. Practitioners will sometimes work alongside other healthcare professionals involved in the clients care to explain the nutritional programme provided.
There is a lot of confusion out there about the differing titles that nutrition professionals use.
Is a nutritional therapist the same as a nutritionist?
The main difference is that a practitioner does not require any specific qualifications in order to call themselves a nutritionist, while a nutritional therapist will have undergone at least three years of rigorous training in Nutritional Therapy and be registered with a professional body, such as BANT or CNHC.
Many people can and do set themselves up as nutritionists without any formal training or knowledge. Therefore it is important to always undertake a thorough background and accreditation check when seeking advice from a 'nutritionist practitioner'.
The term 'registered nutritionist' indicates that a practitioner has attained a suitable level of knowledge and has been accredited by a professional body, such as UKVRN.
I am a qualified and accredited nutritional therapist, although I occasionally refer to myself as a 'nutritionist' in order to make this website visible to people who are unsure which term they should search for.
When searching for a nutritional professional, you may also come across the term 'dietitian'. A dietitian is somebody who has completed a degree in dietetics and will normally work within the public sector as an NHS dietitian. While there are many crossovers, dietitians and nutritional therapists come under different accrediting bodies and are not the same.