Nutritional Therapy

(You are what you eat!)

Nutritional Therapy can be described as a healthcare system using individual diet and supplement programmes to enhance food assimilation, correct nutritional deficiencies, combat allergies and reduce toxic overload.

In truth there is no one right approach to nutrition when considering illness but there is a general acceptance to what constitutes a healthy diet:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Organically grown produce free of pesticides and artificial fertilisers
  • Plenty of fresh, filtered water
  • Low intake of fat, sugar, salt and protein
  • Reduced consumption of processed foods

Okay, so it's nothing you probably haven't read elsewhere but the weight of evidence is inescapable.


The importance of sufficient hydration is now well accepted and cannot be over emphasised. Much speculation concerns the amount per day but as a guide, six medium glasses of plain, pure water is recommended.


Preservatives, artificial colours and flavour enhancers are a well established and integrated part of the modern diet. It is a well known fact that some of these additives can create significant problems for some people ranging in severity from light to extreme reactions. Processed foods are packed with additives. Careful selection in the shops will help to reduce the amount of additives you expose yourself and your family to.


The demands and stresses of modern living are different for each of us but for some, the toll exacted in biological terms is deficiency and imbalance. The use of vitamin mineral and herbal supplements can restore the deficiency and balance leading to a greater degree of well being and health.

It should be noted that taking vitamins does not make up for an unhealthy diet. This must be your first and overriding goal must always be - to maintain what's generally accepted as a healthy diet (see above).

Clinical assessment will determine using laboratory tests of blood, sweat and hair samples whether the individual is lacking in certain vitamin or mineral and supplemenation can be commenced. But with the huge and bewildering range of vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements available on the market today the question is how does the ordinary person determine the efficacy of a particular product? The answer is, unfortunately, with extreme difficulty.

It has been estimated that ten million people in the UK take supplements every day. The industry is worth nearly ?350m a year. Before you go adding to that huge amount, I would suggest that you satisfy yourself that you have qualified answers to the following questions :

  • Do I need it?
  • Is it safe for me to take?
  • Are there any side effects?
  • Does it interfere with any medication I'm taking?
  • Do I know it works?

A nutritional therapist will be able to advise you on all of the questions and you are recommended to consult a qualified practitioner before you put your hand in your pocket.


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