What is Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is an evidence-based approach that uses nutrition science to promote health and wellbeing. Naturopathy is a philosophy and holistic healthcare system that recognises the healing power of nature.

Using the functional medicine model, this client-centred approach will take into account the presenting symptoms but will look beyond for the root cause of ill health and consider influences to health that may be coming from dietary, emotional, mental and structural factors. This truly holistic system to healing treats everyone as an individual. It encourages the body’s natural healing abilities and by doing so may be of benefit to many common health problems.

The conventional approach to nutrition is that collectively we require similar nutrients on a daily basis and optimum health can be achieved if you stay within these guidelines. However, this uniform approach does not take into account our unique characteristics.

Like fingerprints, we each have biochemical differences that determine who we are and how we interact within our internal and external environments. Biochemical individuality is a combination of our genes, how our environment has shaped the expression of them and ultimately how this affects our nutritional needs.

We cannot assume that everyone will absorb, utilise, metabolise and excrete nutrients in the same way, and with perfect efficiency. This explains the wide response to nutrition; why the one-size-fits-all approach cannot work for everyone, and how our life-cycle and changes may affect our nutritional needs over time.

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.

Who can benefit?

Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body. These priorities often include;

  • support to achieve optimum energy levels
  • healthy blood sugar balance (including, but not limited to diabetes)
  • emotional and psychological wellbeing
  • optimum digestive health
  • tolerance to a broad range of food groups.

 

What to expect

A food diary and basic health questionnaire will be sent to fill in and return (at least 3 days prior to the consultation) to assist in the assessment process and allow for some initial research into your case.

The initial consultation will take up to 90 minutes (follow-up consultations 1 hour), where a thorough case history will be taken and details of any health goal or preferred outcome. It is important to know about your whole life – past and present; including medical history and any treatments used, dietary patterns, digestion, as well as lifestyle factors such as sleeping, exercise, emotional and physical stressors, or major life events. Tongue and nail analysis, alongside basic iridology are also incorporated into the consultation to look at inherent strengths and weakness which may help in the assessment process.

An initial therapeutic assessment will be given as well as dietary and lifestyle recommendations designed to help relieve the presenting symptoms and any nutritional imbalances that may be present. The aim is to empower the client with enough information to want to make these changes (often just small adjustments), so that they can take control of their health in the long term. Supplements may also be recommended at this time.

It may be necessary to do some further research into your case after the initial appointment once a full history has been taken, especially for more complex conditions.

Many conditions respond well within the first few consultations, but some longer-term or chronic conditions may require further support and if necessary a more comprehensive package can be designed.

 

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The Jade Pathway Clinic is located in Stapleford. Enjoying strong links with GPs and other complementary healthcare practitioners in the wider Cambridgeshire area. All treatment programmes are tailored to specific needs and sensitivities, currently the Jade Pathway Clinic provides traditional Acupuncture, Cupping, Osteopathy, Psychotherapy, Counselling, Reflexology, Deep tissue and Sports Massage and Zero Balancing.

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