Why should you consult with a Nutritional Therapist?
Chances are you own and drive a car. Do you know how the engine works? Most people probably have a basic idea of the mechanics involved, know how to top up the water, fuel and oil when needed, but what happens if you run into a problem? For instance a warning light comes on. Do you continue to run the car until it breaks, ‘Google’ how to fix the car in the hope you can do it yourself or take it to a professional mechanic who can diagnose the root cause of the problem and then recommend appropriate action to fix the problem? Even better, if you’re smart you will get your car serviced on a regular basis so that small problems don’t become big problems.
I like to think the majority of people would pay a professional qualified mechanic to look for the root cause and fix problems when they occur, rather than tinkering around with something they are unfamiliar with. So, why do so many of us choose a DIY approach or even worse ignore problems when it comes to our own health? We either ignore warning lights until we become so unwell we need serious medical assistance or we ‘Google’ to find out what each symptom may be caused by and end up trying many different interventions in order to get well, whilst all the while not understanding the root cause of the problem. It isn’t possible to put a cost on how important maintaining good health is, but we often spend a lot of money buying different gadgets to monitor our various body systems, paying for expensive gym membership that we are very enthusiastic about initially, but then gradually lose interest in and trying different therapies in the hope of stumbling across something that may help. Then, life takes over, we get busy, are too tired after a long day at work, have to take the children to yet another club and once again our health takes a back seat; until there’s a problem. People often turn to nutritional therapy when all else has failed, the Doctor has dismissed you multiple times (it’s that time of year so you will feel a bit down, what do you expect at your age or you have a busy life with children you have to expect to feel tired all the time!), you’re beginning to think it’s all in your mind so you soldier on and feel worse and worse (any of this sound familiar?).
How can Nutritional Therapy help? Nutritional Therapists work on a one to one basis with clients to carry out a personalised root cause analysis to understand the different factors that may be contributing to their reduced health (both current and historical). The key here is that the Nutritional Therapist works with each client on an individual basis. It’s a bit like putting a jigsaw together. Each client comes along with a myriad of seemingly unrelated issues and it’s our job to take all the pieces of that client’s puzzle to make a clearer picture and understand what the likely root cause is rather than just treating the individual symptoms. We give you the time you need to be heard as every client has a different story, set of symptoms and history leading up to their consultation that makes them unique. We take time to listen and hear what you are saying – the more we know about you, the more effective your individualised plan will be. A Nutritional Therapist will look at your story, assess your symptoms via a detailed questionnaire and consultation (often supported by the use of specialised tests) and work with you to recommend an individual plan, using changes to diet and lifestyle, tailored to meet each client’s individual needs to support their return to health. Nutritional Therapy allows you to take control of improving your health and make the changes you need to feel better, but your chosen Nutritional Therapist will be with you during each step of your journey in order to support and guide you so you won’t be on your own.
Sometimes a client may consult for something that seems relatively simple, such as heartburn (you’d be surprised what can cause that!) or more complex issues such as problems with conceiving, IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) or just some help on how to eat a more natural healthy diet. What a Nutritional Therapist does not do however, is diagnose nor pretend to cure disease.
Why not consider consulting a professionally qualified, science backed, Registered Nutritional Therapist when the warning light comes on first time, you might be surprised how helpful we can be long before you get to breaking point!!