Nutritional Therapy is a recognised complementary medicine that applies nutrition science in the promotion of health and wellbeing. The acknowledgement that every person is unique and as such requires a personalised approach is fundamental to its practice. Nutritional Therapy is relevant for those with chronic conditions and also for those looking to boost their general health and wellbeing.
Consultations are on a one-to-one basis where the clients long-term health will be discussed in detail. Using a variety of tools a Registered Nutritional Therapists will gather information to build a picture of potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. Personalised nutritional and lifestyle recommendations will be made to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health.
Nutritional therapy is not a replacement for medical advice and clients presenting with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms will be referred to their medical professional. Registered Nutritional Therapists will frequently engage with medical professionals to best serve their clients’ needs.
Who can practice Nutritional Therapy?
To practice as a Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner the practitioner must:
- Have an appropriate NTEC (Nutritional Therapy Educational Commission) accredited qualification and insurance.
- Be a member of British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT). BANT is the professional association for Registered Nutritional Therapists whose primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the interests of the client, the Registered Nutritional Therapist and the profession.
- Be a member of the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary health practitioners which was set up by the government to protect the public.
These provisions are in place to ensure high standards of education, training, practice and integrity in the field of Nutritional Therapy.