FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Registered Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.
What are your views on Supplements?
Although NUTRIME’s crusade is about establishing a balanced and nutritional eating programme and lifestyle there is sometimes the requirement support via supplementation.
Nutritionist Vs Dietician - What’s the difference?
In general terms Nutritionists create and apply the scientific knowledge to promote an understanding of the effects of diet on health and well being, whereas Dieticians interpret and communicate the science of nutrition to enable people to make practical food choices.
Nutrition Therapy takes this one stage further. BANT Nutritional Therapists are trained, certified, licenced and insured to use the scientific nutritional knowledge in a therapeutically curative and healing way. Nutrition Therapy treats and looks at the whole body and the underlying causes of illness rather than just treating a symptom.
BANT Therapists are also expected to prove their commitment to continual professional development by taking part in the BANT CPD scheme keeping them up to date in the latest scientific advancements, developments in nutritional research and latest new diagnostic tests.
Nutritional Therapists are trained to sympathetically use the complex dynamic interactions of food and nutrients within the body's biosystem to work in harmony with the body and kick start it's natural synergy, defense and normal operational systems rather than overide them like so many modern medicines do.
A dietitian uses the science of nutrition to devise eating plans for patients to treat medical conditions. They also work to promote good health by helping to facilitate a positive change in food choices amongst individuals, groups and communities.
Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of optimum health and peak performance, disease prevention and patient care.