NUTRITIONAL THERAPY

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science to promote optimal health. It is recognised as a complementary medicine and may benefit individual’s with chronic health conditions and those wishing to generally improve their health and wellbeing. Nutritional therapists recognise that nutritional and biochemical imbalances may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health issues. Harpenden Nutrition works to identify and correct these potential imbalances, helping to support the body towards optimal health and equilibrium.

Nutritional therapists practice within the functional medicine guidelines, applying an integrated, science-based healthcare approach. It involves understanding the possible etiology of chronic diseases and identifying potential antecedents, triggers and mediators linked to the onset of such conditions. This approach recognises that through a combination of genes, lifestyle and environmental factors, individuals are biochemically unique. This uniqueness is taken into account for individual tailored interventions to be applied to restore physiological, psychological and structural balance.

THE CONSULTATION & WHAT TO EXPECT

Prior to the consultation appointment, a nutritional therapy questionnaire and a food diary will be posted out to you which will require your completion and return to Harpenden Nutrition before the appointment date. This will allow a full analysis of your case history to be conducted prior to the meeting.

During the initial consultation, a thorough review of the questionnaire and the food diary will be conducted together. Additionally, detailed questions about key health concerns, symptoms, medication, supplements, medical and family history, and lifestyle will be asked. In agreement with the client, Harpenden Nutrition will then endeavour to compile a personalised, safe, realistic and effective nutritional and lifestyle protocol. Subject to agreement with the client, non-invasive laboratory testing may be recommended to help identify potential underlying contributory factors. If appropriate, the incorporation of nutritional supplements may also be recommended. An initial consultation typically lasts for 60 minutes.

The follow-up consultation is typically conducted 4 weeks after the initial consultation. This session provides the opportunity to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments. Follow up appointments may be conducted by telephone or Skype if it is difficult for the client to attend clinic in person. A follow-up consultation typically lasts for 45 minutes.

In the interest of safety, it is recommended that you consult with your GP if you are seeking nutritional therapy, particularly if you are currently taking prescribed medications. Extensive research is conducted to ensure that there are no contra-indications with any prescribed medications. Nutritional Therapists may occasionally feel the need to contact your GP or medical professional with any ‘red flag’ symptoms.

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