Most Dieticians work within the NHS. To see a NHS dietician as an outpatient requires a GP referral.
GP's refer patients to a dietician where there is an indication of adverse effects of diet, for example, obesity, allergy, poor growth in children, control diabetes, high cholesterol or cancer related anorexia.
Unfortunately, waiting lists for NHS dieticians are long and also you have to hope that your GP recognises your condition is diet related and therefore willing to refer.
WHAT IS NUTRITIONAL THERAPY?
Nutritional Therapy is regarded as Complementary therapy. Nutritional Medicine works safely alongside conventional medicine. It will complement medical treatment. As the Nutritional Therapist focuses on the link between health and diet – with an emphasis, on identifying the root cause of a health problem.
Diet is the fundamental part of the treatment and the focus is very much on enjoying the pleasure of healthy food. However, short term use of nutritional supplements or herbs may be necessary to help address a particular condition.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE CONSULTATION?
The first consultation will take about 1 hour. Any health problems are examined, and a detailed medical history taken. Patients are also asked to complete a food diary.
Every individual is unique in their genes, physiology, psychology, environment and lifestyle. Our nutritionist will be able to help you understand your personalised nutritional requirements and how to achieve them.
Nutritionist generally works in a preventable role on a one to one basis with patients of all ages.
WHAT CAN NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE HELP?
- Digestive and bowel disorders (IBS, IBD)
- Food cravings
- Pre-conceptional and fertility issues
- Skin complaints (eczema, psoriasis, acne)
- Fungal infections
- Repeated thrush
- Headaches and migraine
- Hormonal imbalances
- Anxiety, stress, irritability, mood swings, sleep disturbances
- Post-menopausal symptoms
- Lack of energy and fatigue, poor concentration
- Cardiovascular problems (high cholesterol)
- Poor immunity and increased susceptibility to infections
- Food intolerances
- Blood sugar problems
- Hyperactive children
- Weight management
Could be caused by food sensitivity, blood sugar imbalances, underactive thyroid, adrenal imbalances or ME.
Such as IBS, often regarded as an umbrella term for something unidentifiably wrong but definitely not right and can be triggered by number of causes such as, food sensitivity, stress, and poor gut bacteria, parasites and most commonly after taking an antibiotic, steroids and also other medication which effect the digestive system.
Once the cause has been identified, the nutritional therapist can work out a programme according to the situation. Most people cannot believe how their health can be transformed just by changing their diets and possibly by taking few supplements.
But it is different for everyone. There is no one size fits all approach and that’s what make Nutritional therapy unique.