What is a Nutritional Therapist?
Nutritional therapy is a complementary therapy, not an alternative medicine. Your GP should always be your first port of call with any health concerns. It works well alongside conventional medicine. Nutritional Therapy is most relevant for individuals with long term sub optimal health, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a 'one size fits all' approach.
Choose a nutritional therapist who is registered with the CNHC and a full Member of BANT. Members of BANT abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics. The CNHC is the government-sponsored regulator.
The Basis of Nutritional Therapy
Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine. It is relevant both for individuals looking to enhance their health and wellbeing and for those with chronic conditions wishing to work with or 'consult' a nutritional therapist in collaboration with other suitably qualified healthcare professionals.
Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalized nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. 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.
Choosing a practitioner
It is important to choose a qualified nutritional therapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of nutritional therapy.
You can check whether a nutritional therapist is registered by searching the register at of the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) . By choosing nutritional therapists registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.
My CNHC registration number is 000011-J11