Q: Why should I take supplements if I have a healthy diet?
A: You may well ask if I eat a healthy balanced diet, why do I need to take supplements? This begs the question – what is a healthy diet? is it to include 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day (or 11 as research suggests) and are we following this recommendation? Research suggests that just one third of 19 to 64 year olds are following the ’5 a day’ Food Standards Agency recommendation. If you are browsing this site you may well be eating yours – well done! But have you stopped to consider the air miles that your chosen piece of fruit may have travelled to get to you? Air miles and the harvesting of commercially grown fruits and vegetables before they are ripe results in reduced nutrient content. In addition soil is also becoming depleted of minerals as a result of intensive farming methods.
Essentially we are made up of nutrients and require them to function, most of which we need to obtain from what we eat. Without adequate supplies of nutrients, deficiencies result and our bodily functions and systems may be negatively affected, resulting in poor health and even chronic disease.
When used appropriately at an optimal dose and for an adequate period of time, under the guidance of a nutritional therapist supplements may produce considerable health benefits.
If you have a question about supplements please let us know and we will do our best to help.
Q: What is the difference between a Nutritional Therapist, Dietician and Nutritionist?
A: Nutritional Therapists must meet the National Occupational Standards that are regulated by the Nutritional Therapy Council. Nutritional therapy incorporates carefully considered individual prescriptions for diet and lifestyle with the aim of alleviating or preventing ailments and promoting health. Nutritional therapists may work with a variety of patients including those with chronic health problems that have been unsuccessfully treated with conventional medicine. Including digestive and bowel disorders, hormonal imbalances, fatigue, low mood, stress, migraine, skin disorders and auto-immune conditions.
Dieticians work primarily within the NHS and are regulated by the Health Professions Council. Dieticians use nutrition to devise healthy eating plans for patients to treat specific medical conditions.
Nutritionists may work in the food industry, research or academia. they are qualified to provide information to the public about healthy food and eating, but not about special therapeutic diets.
Nutrition Advisor/ Dietary Advisor – other complementary therapists may offer nutrition advice and there are many short courses on nutrition advice but these do not meet the National Occupational Standard for nutritional therapy.
Only nutritional therapists and dieticians are trained in clinical practice to give personal health advice and are required to practice with full professional indemnity insurance.
Q: What is functional testing and why do I need it?
A: Functional testing is an advancing area of laboratory testing which can help to identify hormonal, gastrointestinal, nutritional and metabolic imbalances as well as food intolerances. In many cases test kits are delivered to you so that samples may be taken at home and can then be sent directly to the laboratory for analysis. The results obtained assist nutritional therapists in assessing the factors which may be contributing to your symptoms.
There are a huge variety of tests available, if you would like more information please contact us or browse our functional testing page.