What is Nutritional Therapy anyway?

Now that I have graduated from the Nutritional Therapy Association as a certified Nutritional Therapist, I will work with as many people as I can, helping them improve their health and move toward optimal wellness.  Since many of you are probably wondering what Nutritional Therapy actually is, and what I do as a Nutritional Therapist, I thought I’d write something here to refer people to.

In my opinion, some things that make a Nutritional Therapist unique are:

  • the use of a variety of evaluations that tap into your body’s innate intelligence
  • the belief that optimal wellness is possible, and that pain, fatigue, disease, etc. are not just normal parts of life

Nutritional Therapy is a new paradigm in nutrition and healthcare. It focuses on prevention and reversal of poor health, not by medication or by simply treating symptoms, but by working to rebuild and rebalance the foundations of health through individualized dietary protocols using a nutrient-dense whole-food diet.

Nutritional Therapy is founded on a few basic philosophies:

  • the Standard American Diet is causing a myriad of health issues
  • a properly-prepared nutrient-dense whole-food diet is the foundation for optimal health
  • every person is a bio-chemical individual – there is no one “diet” or way of eating that works for everyone; we must respect our bio-individuality
  • our bodies are equipped with an innate intelligence about what we need for optimal health

Nutritional Therapy is informed by the research of Dr. Weston A. Price, who studied cultures all over the world, and identified and wrote about the powerful connections between our food and our health. He observed that the native cultures, whose diets consisted of locally-sourced properly-prepared whole foods, were in very good health. Common factors among these healthy people groups included the use of fermented foods, both raw and cooked foods, and the inclusion of animal products. To the extent that the cultures were exposed to processed foods, their health deteriorated.

As a Nutritional Therapist, I work with my clients to discover what their health concerns are, what specific nutritional and physiological deficiencies they might be experiencing, and how to address and reverse those deficiencies in a way that is best for them.

I help my clients to improve function and balance in the following foundational elements of health (through the use of a nutrient-dense whole-foods diet):

  • digestion
  • blood sugar handling
  • fatty acid balance
  • mineral balance
  • hydration

By addressing these foundations, many other health issues may be resolved, including:

  • acid reflux & poor digestion
  • fatigue
  • poor blood sugar handling
  • skin problems
  • allergies
  • systemic inflammation
  • hormonal imbalances
  • cardiovascular issues
  • weight management
  • plus many more!

Another really cool part of being a Nutritional Therapist is performing Functional Evaluations,on my clients. The Functional Evaluation utilizes a system of physiological reflexes to identify imbalances or dysfunction. Each reflex is associated with a specific organ or function, and many are responsive to Lingual-Neuro Testing, which is a simple and effective biofeedback mechanism that enables the body to communicate what it needs in order to bring a given organ or system back into balance. This powerful evaluation process provides my clients with valuable information about their health, and gives a baseline to measure progress toward even better health.

This relates to one of my major goals, which is to introduce people to their own bodies. Can you tell me right now what your gallbladder is for, or what your pancreas does? How aware are you of how certain foods make you feel? The process of tuning in to what your body is telling you is a huge part of taking charge of your own health, which is one of my biggest goals for my clients!

I am very excited to start helping more and more people achieve improved health with Nutritional Therapy! Let me know if you would like to make an appointment with me. If you have questions or would like more information, leave me a comment! Also, you can follow my blog to get email notifications whenever I publish a new post. I love getting comments and followers!

For more related information, check out:

Weston A. Price Foundation

Nutritional Therapy Association

Nourishing Traditions  by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD.

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