About Nutritional Therapy
Nutritional Therapy is an approach to improving health through individually tailored nutrition and lifestyle changes. It promotes the benefits of good wholesome unprocessed foods, as well as the therapeutic effects of particular foods for specific health conditions. Training is based on the principles of Functional Medicine, an evidence based, patient centered approach to healthcare that focuses on identifying and preventing the underlying causes of chronic disease.
The functional medicine approach is to recognize signs and symptoms of illness as messages from the body indicating an underlying imbalance in one or more systems. The Nutritional therapist tries to identify what the underlying issue or imbalance might be, what may have triggered it and what may be happening in your current diet or lifestyle to keep it there. Specific foods, supplements and lifestyle changes are applied to encourage the body to restore balance and function at its best.
Nutritional therapy is not a replacement for medical advice or treatment but has a complimentary and supportive role in your health care. A nutritional therapist does not diagnose, treat or cure medical conditions.
Nutritional therapy does not offer a quick fix solution to health issues, however, it provides the individual with an opportunity to exercise some control over their own health outcomes through tailored nutrition and lifestyle recommendations.
In Ireland a qualified Nutritional therapists will have competed a three and a half year higher diploma course with a minimum of 250 hours of supervised clinical practice. The functional medicine model provides a framework for other studies which include nutrition, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nutraceuticals, biochemistry, practitioner development, health coaching and more.
The Nutritional Therapists of Ireland [NTOI] are a professional association supporting qualified Nutritional Therapists in Ireland. Certified practicing members must be insured, comply with the NTOI Code of Ethics and meet on-going CPD requirements of 30 hours per year.
Conditions that may benefit from Nutritional Therapy
- Digestive Issues
- Healthy Eating
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Cardio-Vascular Health
- Skin Conditions
- High Blood Pressure
- Autoimmune conditions
- Anxiety / Mood issues
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Women’s Health
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What to expect from a Consultation
After initial contact I will send you a questionnaire which you will complete and return. Allow a week to do this, as the questionnaire is detailed and you are asked to record a 3 day food diary. On receipt of the completed questionnaire a suitable appointment can be arranged. Before our first consultation I will have reviewed the details of your diet, lifestyle, past illness, medical conditions, current signs and symptoms etc.
The consultation will be in two parts and lasts in total 90 minutes. In the first part I will talk through the completed questionnaire and food diary with you, adding or clarifying information. This will help me formulate your personalized protocol and get to know you the person. In the second part, I will explain my findings to you and we will agree on some suitable nutritional and lifestyle recommendations. You may receive some information to take away from the consultation and your tailored recommendations will be send within 48 hours.
A follow up consultation may also be arranged at this time. A follow up takes between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Initial Consultation – €85
Follow-Up Consultation – €50
Please note that your personal information will always be dealt with in the strictest confidence and in compliance with GDPR.