Is Nutritional Therapy for me?
Do you want to find out if you are getting all the nutrients you need? Are you looking to optimize your energy levels? Do you suffer from symptoms of ill health? Are you keen to have a healthy old age? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it may be worth considering nutritional therapy. Like all nutritional therapists, Faye Baxter considers that each person is an individual with unique requirements; and she takes time to define a personalised nutrition plan to meet your particular needs, rather than simply rely on a ‘one size fits all’ approach. How does it work? Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health and peak performance. It aims to identify potential nutritional and biochemical imbalances and to help you understand how they may be affecting your current state of health. The types of body processes that are analysed for potential imbalances include: The digestion and absorption of food and nutrients, the processing of toxins by the liver, the control of blood sugar levels, the regulation of hormones, such as sex hormones, adrenals and thyroid Immune and inflammatory processes and the metabolism of nutrients to produce energy. All these factors are taken into account when the developing your personal nutrition programme. The nutrition programme is created only after listening to your needs, to ensure that you are given goals that are truly realistic and achievable, taking into account the particular pressures in your life.
Nutritional Therapy – what is it?
Some of us lack the basic raw materials (from food and drink) to function at our best. Pollution, stress, stimulants and an over-reliance on processed foods are just some of the reasons why we may be deficient in vital nutrients. As a result, we may start to get energy slumps, headaches, poor digestion, cravings for sweets or stimulants, or just feel generally sluggish. If you think this describes you, then learning how to eat well can be a vitally important addition to whatever medical treatment you may be undergoing. It is also worth remembering that a number of award-winning research scientists believe that long-term, sub-optimal nutrition is a key factor in today’s ‘epidemic’ levels of chronic disease. Conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune conditions and mental health problems. Nutritional Therapy is not only about understanding the basics of healthy eating. Foods that are good for one person may not be good for another and many of us feel that we are not in optimum health, even though we are eating a supposedly ‘healthy’ diet. If a medical condition is suspected, you always need to see your GP. However, together with prescribed medication, good nutrition can help strengthen the body. Sometimes, symptoms can be exacerbated by exposure to toxins (from bacteria, parasites, allergies or chemicals), factors like poor digestion or absorption, hormonal and brain chemical imbalances or an overburdened immune system can all play a detrimental part in your overall health. A nutritional therapist will work to identify any such potential imbalances that may be contributing to your specific health problems and preventing you from reaching optimal health and peak performance.
Sports nutrition - How a sports nutritionist can help?
Whether you are a bodybuilder, a professional athlete or simply exercising to improve your health, sports nutrition plays a key role in optimising the beneficial effects of physical activity. The aim of a sports nutritionist is to create a nutrition plan for an individual’s training needs. The plan will incorporate both food and hydration. It doesn’t matter if you're casually exercising, training for a professional event or recovering from injury, sports nutrition is integral to the performance. These strategies can also help:
-increase energy levels
-promote good health
-help manage weight
-develop body composition and growth
To create the best nutrition strategy, a sports nutritionist will assess not just an individual's training and diet but also their lifestyle, day to day habits, supplements and if you are taking any medication. We can analyse and support you with your long and short-term goals.
What to expect from a consultation
Faye Baxter uses a Nutritional Health Framework that considers that an individual’s state of health is the result of the interaction between his/her genetic inheritance, diet, stress and also their environment. Before your first appointment, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and you may be asked to seek medical advice to investigate any potential underlying disease. At the initial consultation (1-1/4 hours), a detailed picture of your life story will be taken. This will include your health history, family history, current and previous medications, psychological and emotional factors, exercise, stress levels, dietary habits and any symptoms of ill-health. In certain circumstances, laboratory tests may be recommended. These enable a more targeted and individualised nutrition programme to be devised and they can also help to monitor your progress as you work through the programme. You will be given: – Explanations of dietary and lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your symptoms – Recommendations of appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes. These will be backed up with information giving clear guidelines on foods that you should add to your diet and any that you should avoid. Menu plans will also be provided, where appropriate. Any dietary supplements recommended will be tailored to your specific needs and if you are on medication, a check will be made for any potential drug-nutrient interactions. (Please note that dietary supplements are not a substitute for healthy eating or for medical drugs). Some people may only need two consultations, while others, who may have more deep-seated issues, may feel the need to come back more often, in order to meet their nutritional health goals.
How to book an appointment
Consultations take place at The Oxford Street Therapy Centre, Oxford Street Wellingborough NN8 4HY
Fee for the initial consultation is £60 To book an appointment please contact the clinic on 01933 224454