Nutritional Therapy

Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food’  
 
These words were spoken by Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, over 2000 years ago and are no less true today.
 
The body has a remarkable ability to take care of itself if it is given the raw materials with which to do so.   However in today’s world achieving optimum nutrition is not always easy:
 
-          pollution, stress and a hectic lifestyle cause our bodies to need more nutrients
-          intensive farming, food miles, processing and poor food choices lead to a deficiency of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients in our food.
-          less exercise means we do not need as many calories as our forebears, yet many of the calories we do eat are ‘empty’.
 
These deficiencies along with the effects of stress and confusion over what we should eat cause imbalances in the body that lead to symptoms of fatigue, digestive disorder, hormonal imbalance, allergies etc and ultimately to many of the chronic and degenerative diseases that are becoming more and more common in the western world.  Although advances in orthodox medicine and pharmaceutical drugs can alleviate symptoms (often with unwelcome side effects), nutritional therapy aims to find the cause and rectify any deficiencies and imbalances so allowing the body to heal itself.  
 
To take a simple example - if we have a headache we may reach for the paracetamol, to relieve the pain and enable us to carry on our day.   However this does not address the headache merely blocks the pain signal and metabolising the paracetamol gives the liver an extra job.   Meanwhile the body still has to sort out the cause of the headache - it could be dehydration, eye strain, tension, high blood pressure, low blood sugar, or very rarely something more serious.   By looking for the cause we can protect ourselves from harm, and many existing conditions such as digestive discomfort, hormonal imbalance, fatigue, and weight issues can frequently be alleviated and more serious conditions can be successfully managed.
 

In addition to the right diet, appropriate use of the correct supplements can support dietary changes and target specific issues.    Whilst media headlines can be very confusing, we can offer impartial advice and design a personalised programme that takes an individual’s lifestyle and preferences into account and reviewed as treatment progresses.