NATUROPATHIC NUTRITIONAL THERAPY
Seeking nutritional advice can be daunting. Food forms an integral part of our life and is closely linked to our emotions, thus seeking change can be very difficult. This was the reason I began my journey with Nutritional Therapy.
Just like many of you, I recognised that my eating habits needed to improve, so I did what I always do and learnt about it. Truth is I thought I knew what I should be eating but what I learnt changed things completely.
My approach is not to make you feel guilty or ashamed of your habits, but to help you to understand the root issue and to coach you through the process of change. My aim is to EMPOWER you with KNOWLEDGE & CONFIDENCE. We should be able to be flexible about what we eat and enjoy our food.
Nutrients and other food components influence the function of the body, protect against disease, restore health, and determine people’s response to changes in the environment. Under certain circumstances and in some individuals, diet can be a serious risk factor for a number of diseases.
Naturopathic Nutrition is the practice of nutrition within the context of naturopathic medicine. Naturopathy is a system of health care which promotes the body’s own self-healing mechanism.
Each individual is considered to be unique and receives personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all approach.
Naturopathy is based on principles and employs various therapies and diagnostic tools. A Naturopath follows Naturopathic principles with the aim to get the body back to health. The roots of Naturopathy can be traced back to the Greek philosopher Hippocrates, and the Hippocratic School of Medicine in 400 BC. Hippocrates valued the principles of Eastern medicine and believed in viewing a person as a whole, seeking the underlying cause of a disease by using the laws of nature to stimulate healing. Principles used are:
1. The Healing Power of Nature
The body can heal itself, given the right condition and treatment. There is a ‘Vital Force’ which is stimulated to promote health.
2. Treat the Cause, not a symptom
Identify the underlying cause of illness rather than eliminating (suppressing) symptoms.
3. First do no Harm
A Naturopath will always choose the most natural, least invasive and least toxic treatment, to avoid creating other imbalances or side effects.
4. Treat the Whole Person
Recognise a patient’s individuality by taking into account individual physical, mental, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors.
5. Prevention is preferable to cure
Prevention is preferable to cure in order to keep the bodies Vital Force at all times at its optimum.
6. Doctor as Teacher
The Naturopath educates their patients by bringing a better understanding of health, how to maintain it and how to avoid getting sick. This way the patient can take responsibility for himself.
A Naturopathic Nutritionist recommends an individual diet and possibly Supplements or Superfoods following
Naturopathic principals knowing that every person is an individual and requires a personalised nutritional approach to health.
Naturopathic Nutrition focuses on the following:
Use of whole and organic food as medicine
The importance of detoxification and cleansing
The constitution of a patient (TCM / Ayurveda)
Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.