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What is Nutrition?

Nutritional advice is a huge area covering prevention, treatment and understanding. There are also a range of seemingly conflicting theories and ideas relating to nutrition. Therefore this web page only gives a small snap shot of what is involved and what is provided.


Why seek nutritional advice?   

Classic reasons for seeking advice from a nutritional therapist include:

Overweight and wanting to loose excess body fat.

Underweight and needing to gain healthy body mass.

Sports requirements, requiring more energy, or a different body fat ratio.

Difficulty in balancing elements such as cholesterol, fat levels, salt levels, sugar levels.

Persistent or repetitive health concerns such as low energy, poor immune system performance, lack of sleep.

High blood pressure, low blood pressure, poor adrenal gland support.

Many of the above are either medical or medical related conditions. In these cases it is essential that you seek medical advice in addition to addressing your diet. A good nutritionalist works alongside your doctor by helping you to address dietary concerns. It is not however a substitute for medical treatment or advice. In additional weight control requires dietary and exercise to be taken into account.

How does it work?

The nutritional therapist will take a case history and get other details from you, such as health, exercise levels, aims and objectives, mental state.   Other information such as blood type are useful.

From the data collected the nutritional therapist will plan out a course of healthy diet and possibly supplements in order to achieve healthy objectives. Where needed you will be referred to your medical doctor for any safety checks or medical advice. 

Where possible blood type, personal taste, culture, sports, health, family history and other pertinent topics will be considered in order to build a personalised dietary plan.     


The body builds up a range of toxins, mental and physical. Detoxification is an essential part of recovery and well-being.

So why not buy a diet book instead?

Most people who seek professional support have already tried that! Most people find out the simple truth that diets "off the shelf" are not customised to peoples needs, and are oversimplified and over hyped. Principles used by many leading diets may well be used as a guide or base line, however each client has personal, environmental, medical, cultural and other issues that can result in individual needs.

Diet, foods, exercise and their effects

A good nutritionist will have a grounding in other therapies too. A range of this from stress levels, eating disorders, comfort eating, body image, self- confidence, sports activities, age and culture all impact on what is needed by the individual. Therefore the therapist should be able to address these related issues either personally, or through colleagues. 

Supplements and Vitamins

Many clients are put off taking supplements because of the conflicting advice given in the media and the medical profession. The RDA (recommended daily allowance) for vitamin levels is the level frequently quoted as what is needed. this is far below the Optimum Daily Allowance, and far below therapeutic levels of vitamins and supplements. Common sense applies: if you take more out of your body (through sports, illness dieting etc) then you need to put more in! The more complicated side of this is choosing the right and safe supplements for you. it is useful to have a trained professional taking an overview of what you are taking, to ensure safety, and a sensible combination of products. Some combinations cancel in effect, others complement, some may have safety concerns in combination.

Natural therapies  

The principle of nutritional advice means that a range of other therapies including meditation, relaxation, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, life coaching, Reiki healing, crystal healing, herbalism, Ayurveda and counselling all work well as part of, or alongside it.

What is Herbalism?

Herbalism is the use of various plants and herbs for their balancing, cleansing and healing properties.


How are herbs used?   

Most people think of herbalism treatments as being primarily about taking herbal pills, capsules or teas. However the range of treatments is far larger than that. Herbs can be used in cooking, poultices, creams, ointments, lotions, oils, baths and much much more.

How does it work?

Herbalism works on a number of levels. However in holistic herbalism the herbs can be used for stand alone purposes, for example pain relief. However as well as symptomatic relief, herbs are used to treat the whole person.  Herbal advice is provided as part of nutritional therapy.

Holistic Treatment

Most conventional medicine is based around giving a "pill" or other treatment for each symptom. Herbs can be used this way too. Indeed most conventional products (like aspirin) are derived from herbs and plants. However in herbalism we are more concerned with getting to the "root" of the problem by treating the person as a whole. Therefore the whole system of the body is addressed, in the hope of taking away the cause of dis- ease in the person and strengthening the person's ability to heal themselves.

Can you combine herbal and conventional treatment?

You should always seek medical advice for any suspected illness or injury. Many people then combine herbal products and treatments with conventional medical support. It is important to tell both the medical doctor and the herbalist what medications and herbs you are using.

The NOS National Occupational Standards for these topics are the NOS Herbalism and Healing, with some additional Nutritional related NOS as well.


We are complementary health practitioners, not alternative health practitioners. This means that we work WITH the medical profession. If you have an illness or injury, or if you are going to embark on a new diet, fitness plan or if you have any uninvestigated symptoms, you must consult your medical doctor. 

In the first instance drop us an email or use the feedback form to contact us. We can then advise whether we feel we can appropriately assist you.

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