Nutritional Therapy is recognized as a complementary medicine relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those seeking support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Nutritional Therapy works as the dietary intervention based on knowledge of nutritional requirement, nutritional status, and genotype in order to create personalized nutrition which can be used to prevent, mitigate, or cure chronic disease. Many individuals experience circumstances that increase their risk factor for a number of diseases. Some of these risk factors include: dietary chemicals, genetic makeup, and physical or emotional trauma. These risk factors, further explained, are dietary chemicals that act on human genome capable of altering gene expression or structure. Individual genetic makeup is likely to play a role in the onset and severity of certain chronic diseases; physical or emotional trauma can contribute to particular food choices and methodologies regarding dietary choices. Nutrients and food components influence functions of the body, protect against disease, restore health conditions, and determine body responses to the environment.
A CNTP considers each individual to be unique and personalizes nutritional programs based on lifestyle, personality, and dietary restrictions.
Whether an individual simply wants to check that they are on the right track with regard to healthy eating or whether they want to lose weight or get help with their symptoms, Nutritional Therapists recognize these individual requirements and take time to personalize nutritional plans rather than use a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Using nutrition and lifestyle approaches to heal the body has been shown to support the health of all major systems of the body including: skeletal, cardiovascular, digestive, immune, reproductive, muscular, nervous, endocrine, and integumentary (hair, skin, and nails) systems. Nutritional therapy also provides support to achieve optimum energy levels, balanced blood sugar levels, emotional and psychological well-being, increased gastrointestinal health, and improved tolerance to broad range foods.
Nutritional therapy as an applied nutrition science promotes health, peak performance, and addresses individual needs. A Certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner (CNTP) uses a variety of tools to assess and identify nutritional imbalances and understands how theses imbalances contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns.
Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer a client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to a qualified medical professional. Often nutritional therapists work alongside of medical professionals to communicate any nutritional therapy program that has been recommended and provided.