Do you know about Nutrition Therapy and Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is the combination of various ‘Evidence-based Health and Natural’ modalities, that all aim to identify the true cause of a patient’s ill health and facilitate healing by supporting the body’s innate healing ability. By combining botanical medicine, nutritional science, and lifestyle strategies we can create optimal health and the prevention of disease.

Nutrition Therapy applies principles derived from current biochemical and physiological scientific knowledge for the purpose of promoting optimal health and wellbeing whilst recognising biochemical individuality. By assessing the individual’s nutrient needs, the Nutritional Therapist clinician aims to aid the normal physiological function and maintenance of homeostasis, a position of wellbeing we all seek, but sometimes fail to achieve.

Definitions for ‘food’ and ‘diet’ seem so misunderstood nowadays, it is not just about putting something in the mouth, chewing and swallowing it. Food should be nourishing, tasteful, enjoyable, and energising.

FOOD

“Material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, to maintain and repair vital processes and to furnish energy”

DIET

“Food and drink regularly provided or consumed”

“Habitual nourishment”

Food is packed full of complex, biologically active molecules and it is no surprise that it has an impact on our health. Currently we often eat with pleasure in mind and treat cooking as a hobby, whereas our bodies are hard-wired to treat food as a basis of our survival. We have cravings for sweets and fats that can lead us down the path of bodily destruction, which we have to overcome to nourish our body for optimal performance.

Some people predict an age of diets customised to individual energy needs and disease susceptibility. But no matter how good the science, that will still take some time. In the meanwhile, we need to conquer the eating for health and pleasure at the same time.

Striking a balance is sometimes difficult, fraught with complications, and possibly confused by marketing messages. A Nutritional Therapist will guide, encourage and support you through your journey towards optimal health to achieve your goals in life.

Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been repeatedly shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body.

WHAT HAPPENS IN A NUTRITION THERAPY AND NATUROPATHY CONSULT?

The first time you meet, Paloma will be gathering all the information she needs about your current health symptoms and past medical history (including family history). Be prepared to talk about the nitty-gritty details of your health – including the necessary ‘poop’ talk. It is very possible that you have never had a health practitioner spend this much time going over as much as you will go over in your first hour together. It’s vital that you do this so that Paloma can successfully pull together these facts and direct you towards the best possible interventional approach. If Paloma requires more investigation to be done, then pathology and Functional Medicine testing can be ordered – which could involve either blood, saliva, urine, or hair mineral analysis testing. Paloma also has the ability to carry out pathology and body sign diagnostics as necessary.

It is always valuable to come along to your first consult armed with any recent test results (generally from the last 12 months) and a record of your food choices (ideally the past 7-14 days) with any related symptoms – a template for recording this can be downloaded in the Book a consult section of this website.

What to Expect in Your Consultation

After the initial phone assessment, your practitioner will send you the relevant questionnaires for you to complete online before your appointment. This helps you to clarify your health goals and often makes you remember things you might have forgotten about! It also helps your practitioner to understand your wellness goals, medical history, your family medical history and also what might be driving your health concerns.

There is a food diary to complete, and your practitioner will ask you to upload, email or bring in any medical test results you may have, along with any supplements or pharmaceutical medication you’re taking so they can ensure you are taking these safely and that potentially dangerous depletions interactions may be mitigated.

COMMON ISSUES TO SEEK NUTRITIONAL THERAPY

> Thyroid-related conditions
> Frequent cold and viruses
> Feeling continuously tired
> Weight Management
> Indigestion
> IBS
> IBD
> Chron’s Disease
> Food intolerances/allergies
> Skin problems
> Headaches, migraines
> Hormonal problems (period pain, PCOS, infertility, PMS, amenorrhea)

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Common symptoms related to the gastrointestinal tract and digestive systems are inflammation, bloating, constipation, gastric symptoms such as heartburn, reflux, bad breath, general discomfort, diarrhoea, vomiting, swallowing, unexplained gain or weight loss, ulcers, Helicobacter pylori, small intestinal overgrowth, parasites, food allergies or food sensitivities.

WHO IS NUTRITION AND FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE RECOMMENDED FOR?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. It may manifest as abdominal pain, varied bowel function, whether constipation or diarrhoea, flatulence, nausea, or anxiety among others. Causes and symptoms vary from person to person.

Food choices are known to play a critical role in alleviating the symptoms of IBS. Food intolerances, infections, deficiencies, hormones, and lifestyle choices are all considered during the consultation and we may also suggest functional testing to be able to better tailor the recommendations for you.

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During different life stages, the body experiments high physical stress and many changes, especially structural and hormonal. The increase in body weight, dietary changes, added to metabolic challenges for the body make nutritional therapy and functional medicine, botanicals and personalised supplementation of great help during this time. This not only helps with typical “period pains or acne” but also decreases the chances of complications during pre-menopause, adolescent PCOS, fertility and period management. 

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Nutritional Therapy and Functional Medicine for athletes 

People that practice sport regularly and at a high intensity is exposed to injuries that can compromise their performance and even their ability to practice it at all. That is why in the UK, Australia and most European countries, elite sports people use Nutrition Therapy and Functional medicine care regularly.

Many sport schedules and stress responses end up creating irregular hormonal and digestive patterns resulting in underlying causes and diseases such as diarrhoea, PCOS, anxiety and poor recovery status. Correcting those is a basic element to improve athletic performance.

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Nutritional Therapy and Functional Medicine for gut health

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. It may manifest as abdominal pain, varied bowel function, whether constipation or diarrhoea, flatulence, nausea, or anxiety among others. Causes and symptoms vary from person to person.

Food choices are known to play a critical role in alleviating the symptoms of IBS.

Food intolerances, infections, deficiencies, hormones, and lifestyle choices are all considered during the consultation and we may also suggest functional testing to be able to better tailor the recommendations for you.

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Nutritional Therapy, Functional Medicine and Hormones

During different life stages, the body experiments high physical stress and many changes, especially structural and hormonal.

The increase in body weight, dietary changes, added to metabolic challenges for the body make nutritional therapy and functional medicine, botanicals and personalised supplementation of great help during this time.

This not only helps with typical “period pains or acne” but also decreases the chances of complications during pre-menopause, adolescent PCOS, fertility and period management.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Nutritional Therapy and Functional Medicine for athletes

Nutritional Therapy and Functional Medicine for athletes.

People that practice sport regularly and at a high intensity is exposed to injuries that can compromise their performance and even their ability to practice it at all. That is why in the UK, Australia and most European countries, elite sports people use Nutrition Therapy and Functional medicine care regularly. Many sport schedules and stress responses end up creating irregular hormonal and digestive patterns resulting in underlying causes and diseases such as diarrhoea, PCOS, anxiety and poor recovery status. Correcting those is a basic element to improve athletic performance.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

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