Nutritional Therapy by Amanda Heading
In food, excellent medicine can be found, in food bad medicine can be found;
good and bad are relative.
Hippocrates, Father of Medicine
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Diet is one of the main drivers of health, and rather like a car, if you put the wrong fuel in, the engine doesn’t work very well. But what are the ‘right’ foods?
All foods (and drinks) can influence how our body functions. They can help protect against disease, restore health and optimise performance. But as everyone is an individual, each one of us may respond differently to the foods we eat. So, what might work for one person, may not for another. Some foods may heal, some may harm us. We’re all different, so we need an individual approach.
That’s why generalised dietary programmes don’t tend to work long-term; they may seem to help initially, but because they’re symptom-centred rather than person-centred, they don’t address the root causes of why your symptoms occur. Rather like a sticking plaster, they cover them up for a while but the effects don’t tend to last…
Nutritional therapy addresses your diet within the context of your family and genetic history, your lifestyle, life stage and your activity levels. This integrative approach is combined with functional medicine by considering the health of all your body systems, including cardiovascular, neurological, muscular-skeletal, endocrine, detoxification, gastro-intestinal function and immune status.
It combines the application of scientific, evidence-based research along with detailed health questionnaires to identify the imbalances which may be causing or contributing to your specific symptoms. Personalised dietary intervention, addressing these root causes and based on knowledge of your nutritional requirement, nutritional status, and your individual health needs, can be used to mitigate disease, as well as optimise your health or sporting performance.
Being disease-free is one thing, optimising your health is altogether another.
How Nutritional Therapy Can Help You
Improve digestion and absorption of the foods you’re eating, and use these nutrients to maximise health.
Address bloating, flatulence, wind, nausea and abdominal pain.
Support gut health by reducing systemic inflammation.
Reduce musculo-skeletal pain and 'leaky gut'; improve skin and nail condition; promote healthy, active ageing.
Regulate blood sugar levels for sustained energy release and weight regulation.
Support Type-2 Diabetes, aid weight loss, reduce fatigue and maximise energy levels.
Support hormonal balance for thyroid health, menopausal effects and weight loss.
Address both male and female health issues, skin complaints and weight regulation.
Strengthen your immune system to help your body respond to and overcome allergies, intolerances, viruses and infections.
Identify aggravating foods by elimination diet or using functional laboratory tests; utilising nutritional supplements to support your health.
My Therapeutic Approach
My therapeutic approach is to listen to and understand your unique needs and then guide you through the opportunities you have and choices you feel able to make, in order to help achieve your health and fitness goals. I offer both an introductory session to give you a taster of how nutritional therapy can help you, as well as a multi-consultation programme. A multi-consultation programme is recommended in order to identify and address the root causes of your health issues, as opposed to merely treating the symptoms you're experiencing. Multi-consultations also support habit-forming changes and help achieve long-term success, particularly for those with chronic health issues.
Whilst every approach will be different to each individual, programmes broadly consist of:-
A single session providing analysis of your food diary over three days, in the context of your lifestyle habits. Includes an overview of your physical exercise, supplements and medications you may be taking. Whilst this session does not provide any on-going additional support, it's a great introduction to how bespoke nutritional therapy can help improve your health.
A programme of three, bespoke consultations which includes an initial in-depth consultation following completion of a detailed nutritional therapy questionnaire, and two follow-up consultations. All consultations aim to identify the root causes of your symptoms and consider genetic and health history, medication interactions, supplement programme and functional testing*, if appropriate.
Three individualised, progressive health plans are developed specifically for you, with additional information suitable to your needs, including explanatory handouts, meal planning, food swaps and recipes. In addition, regular mini-consult check-in calls are scheduled for support, guidance and to help keep you on track. Find out more...
There are several options are available, depending on your training specification and competition timing. These include in-depth macro and micro-nutrient analysis, as well as functional tests and genetics profiling. Find out more...