Food is so much more than just the fuel to our body, with the high demands of life today, it is increasingly important that we provide our body with the whole and nutritious foods we so need. What is healthy food these days? This is where a Naturopathic Nutrition consultation can help, exploring what is best for you, your health and your lifestyle to improve any health concerns or to enhance your well-being.
What is Naturopathic Nutrition?Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy is a complementary therapy to optimize your health through the most natural source of essential nutrients – our food. Empowering you within the consultation to help you make choices needed to support the everyday demands on your body:
- adapting healthy eating habits
- over-coming food weaknesses
- identifying any nutrient deficiencies
- balance the body’s pH for long term health
The initial consultation takes 1½ hours to complete a comprehensive health and nutritional assessment. This involves detailed questioning in complete confidence on your:
- Present health issues
- Current eating habits
- Medical history
- Family medical history
- Primary body systems
Including an analysis of the iris according to iridology practice to understand your constitution and its strengths and weaknesses.
Together we will agree a realistic nutritional plan for you to adopt healthy food and lifestyle choices on a daily basis to progress towards your health goals.
Recommendations are provided on foods to increase and decrease, supplements to overcome any nutrient deficiencies or for health maintenance use and lifestyle choices to improve your health or to maintain your well-being. Tests may sometimes be recommended if your progress is slow.
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How many consultations will I need?
Usually 3-4 consultations over a 3-6 month period will be enough to get you on track with your nutrition and health goals. Then a yearly visit to maintain your well-being and to make adjustments through your different life stages is recommended (eg. Pregnancy, menopause, grief, stressful times, retirement etc.)
However, with more serious health conditions or where a lot of changes to diet are required, further consultations will be needed to support you through progressive changes over a longer period of time (6 -12 months).
Can naturopathic nutrition help you?
Our bodies can adapt to minor health concerns and we often learn to live with daily aches and pains, bloating or digestive discomfort. These may impact our well-being, reduce our energy or lead to further health problems. Minor symptoms may indicate a deficiency of a certain nutrient that can be quickly and easily addressed with the expertise of a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist. Even small changes in your regular diet can have a positive impact on your health and well-being.
Naturopathic Nutrition can be beneficial if you have any minor ailments or support you with any of the following health conditions including:
- Digestive disorders
- Low energy levels and constant tiredness
- Hormonal imbalances
- Skin problems
- Aches and pains
- Sleep problems
- Low mood
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Weight loss and many more...
If there is a nutrient deficiency or an emotion that is affecting your health, one or a combination of the following supplements may be recommended:
- Vitamin Supplements
- Mineral Supplements
- Protein powders
- Super food complex
- Tissue Salts
- Herbal remedies
- Bach flower remedies
Tests can be used to detect or confirm any underlying cause of your illness, intolerance or allergy. Some examples of these tests are:
- Hair mineral analysis
- Food intolerance/allergy testing
- Hormone level tests
- Digestive function analysis
- Parasite screening