What is evidence-based?
This means that I consult the latest evidence from government guidelines such as NICE, SACN and NHS, along with peer reviewed journals and clinical trials.
Is Nutritional Therapy for me?
I am here to educate, guide and support. However improvements can only be made with your compliance. This might mean that you may need to make some realistic lifestyle and dietary changes. Nutritional Therapy is for those people who want to take control of their own health by making these changes themselves.
I have lots of health issues. Can you still help?
Yes! Most of my clients have many health issues. Nutritional Therapy can support several health issues at once because we are working to get the whole body functioning optimally.
I have IBS and digestive issues, how might Nutritional Therapy help me?
After a taking a full health history, we look at your diet as there are many foods and drinks that can worsen IBS and some that can improve symptoms (depending on whether you experience constipation, diarrhoea, cramps and spasms or combinations of symptoms). We also look at lifestyle. Stress and anxiety and history of trauma can be strongly linked with digestive problems as can disrupted sleep and shift work.
We would start by making some simple diet and lifestyle changes and evaluate how you feel. There are some types of diet that may provide relief in some cases for example the low FODMAP diet. Sometimes we might decide on the temporary elimination of a type of food, for example dairy or gluten. This is considered the ‘Gold Standard’ for establishing a food intolerance. A food is eliminated for a period of time and symptoms are monitored. The food is then reintroduced and symptoms are observed.
In certain cases you may be referred back to your GP for testing, such as a coeliac test. Or you may like to try to get to the root of the issue with a functional test such as a stool test. A stool test provides information on digestion and absorption, parasites, infection and inflammation, red blood cells and levels of SIgA (Secretory IgA) in the gastrointestinal tract, which is the body’s first line of defence in the immune system. Results from testing can specifically inform a protocol which may involve short-term supplement use. Referrals to the GP will be made if relevant. As an alternative to testing, we can also try a supplement protocol to help support and heal the gut.