What is Nutritional Therapy?

​​​Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care.
Nutritional therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms, goals and health concerns. Using this approach allows me to work with my clients to address nutritional imbalances and help to support the body to heal itself. Nutritional Therapy is widely recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.​​
As a registered nutritional therapist, I consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I 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. I work alongside medical professionals and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in my client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided, if and when needed.

It is important to be mindful of the fact that in Ireland and the UK, anybody can call themselves a nutritional therapist / nutritionist / food coach and write food and health blogs. Unfortunately, this means that there are people out there who practice as Nutritionists or Health Coaches who may have little or no formal education. While many of these practitioners are professionals, and some are excellent at what they do, they are not accountable to any governing body and are unlikely to be adequately insured.

How to find a qualified Nutritional Therapist? 

​When searching for a practitioner, I suggest ensuring they are qualified, insured and registered with a professional body such as NTOI or BANT.
NTOI (Nutritional Therapists Of Ireland), require all of their members to hold a minimum 3 year diploma in Nutritional Therapy and to be trained in basic biochemistry, physiology and pathology as well as supervised clinical practice. As such, a NTOI Nutritional Therapist is qualified to work in private practice and see clients on a one to one or group basis. Being a member of NTOI, you must be fully insured, comply with the requirements for continuing professional development and practice within their code of ethics.
www.ntoi.ie

BANT (British Association of Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy) practitioners must have met the required standards of training, be fully insured and adhere to the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the BANT Professional Practice Handbook. It’s members must hold a 3 year diploma or a degree in nutritional therapy, nutritional science or equvilent.
www.bant.org.uk
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