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What is the difference between a nutritionist and nutritional therapist? 

A nutritionist typically provides evidence-based advice on diet and nutrition for general health and well-being. They often have a degree in nutrition or a related field and work in various settings. In contrast, a nutritional therapist takes a holistic approach, focusing on identifying and addressing the root causes of health issues through personalized nutritional plans and lifestyle interventions, often using techniques like functional testing. They work one-on-one with clients to develop targeted protocols tailored to their specific needs and health goals.

In summary, while nutritionists provide general nutrition guidance, nutritional therapists offer more individualized and comprehensive support to address specific health concerns through nutrition and lifestyle adjustments.

What is the difference between a nutritional therapist and a dietitian?

The main difference between a nutritional therapist and a dietitian lies in their scope of practice and training. Dietitians are healthcare professionals who have completed specific education and training programs, often at the bachelor's or master's level, and are licensed or registered to provide medical nutrition therapy. They work in clinical settings, such as hospitals or healthcare facilities, and can diagnose and treat medical conditions through nutrition interventions.

Nutritional therapists, on the other hand, often take a more holistic approach and focus on addressing imbalances and promoting wellness through personalized nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, without diagnosing or treating medical conditions. They may use functional testing and work in private practice or wellness settings.

Should I see a nutrition and wellness coach? 

Deciding to see a nutritional and wellness coach can be beneficial if you are seeking support and guidance in improving your overall health and wellbeing. A coach can provide personalised guidance, help you set and achieve realistic goals, and offer accountability throughout your wellness journey. Whether you want to improve your nutrition, manage stress, increase physical activity, or enhance your overall lifestyle, a nutritional and wellness coach can provide valuable insights and support to help you make positive and lasting changes.

What does a nutritional therapist do?

A nutritional therapist is a professional who takes a holistic approach to health by focusing on the relationship between nutrition and overall wellbeing. They work with clients to assess their dietary habits, lifestyle factors, and health goals. Through this process, they may utilise functional testing to identify specific imbalances or nutritional deficiencies and may recommend targeted nutritional supplements to address these issues and support the client's overall health and vitality. The overall process involves personilised consultations, the development of tailored nutritional plans, ongoing support, and adjustments to optimise the client's wellbeing.

What happens during the sessions? 

The initial consultation usually lasts between 60-90 minutes. During this time, a comprehensive case history will be taken that will give the us a deeper insight into your health history. I will ask you a range of questions that may include, bowel movements, diet, lifestyle, sleep quality, working environments, general behaviours and habits.

Following the initial consultation, a personalised nutritional and lifestyle plan will be provided, which may include lifestyle, dietary modifications and environmental changes. Supplements and additional tests may be recommended. Follow up consultations are usually shorter and will include a review of the plan, any recommended modifications and any interpretations of test results.

Are nutritional therapists qualified?

Yes, nutritional therapists are qualified professionals who have received specialised education and training in the field of nutrition and wellness. They typically undergo comprehensive certification or diploma programs that encompass the study of nutrition science, functional medicine, biochemistry, and other related areas. These qualifications equip them with the knowledge and skills to provide personalised nutritional guidance and support, considering the unique needs and health goals of their clients.

I qualified from the Collage of Naturopathic Medicine with a diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition (DipCNM). I graduated university with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science (BSc Hons) and Science (Biology) PGCE. I am registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT), Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP) and fully insured to practice.

What is functional/lab testing? 

Functional testing is a diagnostic approach used by healthcare practitioners, including nutritional therapists, to assess and identify underlying imbalances or dysfunctions in the body. It involves a range of specilised tests that go beyond standard lab work to provide a more comprehensive understanding of an individual's health status. These tests may include analysing blood, urine, stool, or saliva samples to assess factors such as nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, gut health, food sensitivities, or toxic burdens. Functional testing helps practitioners tailor pesonalised protocols and interventions to address specific imbalances and support the individual's overall health and well-being.

Can nutrition and wellness coaching help with sleep?

Nutritional therapy and wellness methods can contribute to better sleep. Certain foods, such as those rich in tryptophan (e.g., turkey, nuts, seeds) and magnesium (e.g., leafy greens, almonds) can support quality sleep. Nutritional therapists can provide guidance on incorporating these sleep-promoting foods into your diet. Additionally, adopting a regular sleep schedule, creating a relaxing bedtime routine, and practicing relaxation techniques like meditation or aromatherapy can enhance sleep quality and promote a restful night's sleep.

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