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What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy, or clinical nutrition, is a natural, evidence-based approach to support health and help prevent illness. The aim is to identify possible underlying causes of unresolved health conditions, which conventional medicine may find difficult to treat.
It looks at a person's lifestyle and habits overall, and is guided by trying to prevent lifestyle-related chronic diseases.
Laboratory testing* maybe used aswell as careful assessement of a client's health history to work out what is causing his or her's health concern.
*In some cases nutritional therapists may recommend functional laboratory tests**. These tests are not available in the Irish medical system and are recommended only where relevant to the client. The tests are done through licensed, accredited laboratories and help to give an indication of your cellular status and deficiencies. Laboratories used include Biolab Medical Unit www.biolab.co.uk, Genova Diagnostics www.gdx.net/uk/, Regenerus Laboratories www.regeneruslabs.com. They help to provide a more complete picture of the health of a person and help identify problems before chronic conditions and disease develop. Examples of these might include comprehensive digestive stool analysis & parasitology, salivary cortisol testing, female hormonal panel testing or IgG food intolerance.
**This is an additional cost and depends on the type of test requested.
Nutritional Therapists undertake clinical training as part of their qualification to meet requirements set out by the Nutritional Therapists of Ireland (NTOI) and must complete 30 hours of CPD (continuous professional development) annually to be a member of the Nutritional Therapists of Ireland.
NB. Only Dieticians and Nutritional Therapists are trained in clinical practice to give one-on-one personal health advice. Both groups must practise with full professional indemnity insurance..