About Nutritional Therapy
What is nutritional therapy?
Nutritional therapy is an evidence based approach to achieve optimal health through individual targeted nutritional and lifestyle changes. Rather than simply looking at the symptoms, nutritional therapy looks at the body as a whole whilst seeking the root source of health concerns and issues. We are all metabolically and biochemically different and therefore we do not use the ‘one size fits all’ approach. Instead clients are treated as individuals and are given a personalised nutrition and lifestyle plan addressing their individual requirements to achieving optimal health.
What is the difference between a nutritional therapist and a dietician?
Nutritional Therapists usually work in private practice and see clients on a one to one basis who wish to consider alternative and complementary medicine. By applying their knowledge of nutrition science, nutritional therapists see clients with chronic conditions to help minimise symptoms and as well as seeing healthy individuals looking to prevent disease.
The title is not protected by law but Nutritional Therapists have undergone a high-level of training and are regulated by The Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC), a governing body, Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and a professional body such as the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).
Dieticians are the only professionals in the field of nutrition who are statutorily regulated. A dietician has to obtain a degree in dietetics in order to practice. They are recognised by NICE and the NHS and so the majority of their work is in an NHS setting. In order to practice dieticians need to be registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)