Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit

NUTRITIONAL THERAPY

Do you experience symptoms such as feeling tired all the time? Or perhaps you have ongoing digestive issues or difficulty managing your weight. Maybe you have been trying unsuccessfully for some time to get pregnant. Are you suffering from premenstrual tension (PMT), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, menopausal symptoms or other related hormonal conditions? Or maybe you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic fatigue or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).

If you have ever experienced any of the above symptoms, you may want to consider how Nutritional Therapy can support you as part of your programme of care. Knowing which foods to include or exclude in your diet and which supplements are right for you can provide a powerful approach to reach the root cause of your health concerns or diagnosed condition. By providing optimum nutrients needed to promote the body’s biochemical balance and stimulate healing, nutritional therapy can help you achieve health, vitality and wellbeing on a physical, psychological and emotional level.

Nutritional therapy is a science-based, personalised healthcare approach that seeks to identify and treat the underlying causes of health issues. Through bespoke programmes it looks to restore health and improve function using dietary, lifestyle and exercise recommendations and, where necessary, diagnostic testing and supplementation. As such, it is a holistic approach to health.

Nutritional therapy recognises that we are all biochemically different based on our genetic make-up and our interaction with our environment. This individuality is an essential part in formulating any nutritional programme as each person has unique dietary and nutritional requirements.

The health symptoms that we experience are often a sign of deficiencies and dysfunction in our bodies. As such it is not just about what we eat, but also about how our bodies process and react to what we eat.

The protocols of Anam Cara’s nutritionist are based on a thorough analysis of each client’s unique story: their health issues and symptoms, their family medical and dietary history, their emotional, social, lifestyle and exercise history and the analysis of functional and biochemical tests.

Recommendations may include guidance on supporting the core systems in the body such as hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances, energy metabolism, detoxification, digestion and absorption, immunity and inflammatory function, and structural imbalances from cellular membrane function to the skin and musculoskeletal system.

Ultimately, the aim of nutritional therapy is to give your body the raw materials it needs to support the body’s innate ability to regulate and heal itself.

What can be treated?

Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Even though legislators of today would like to eradicate this message, nutritional therapy, the use of food and nutrients, can help alleviate a wide range of conditions, and assist in the recovery from many ill-health situations. These include: stress and adrenal fatigue, inflammatory conditions, arthritis, cardiovascular problems, migraine and headaches, digestive disorders, weight issues, immune dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, PMT/PMS, menopause, fertility, chronic fatigue, depression, skin conditions and more. It can also be used as preventative medicine.

Anam Cara’s nutritionist took up nutritional therapy in search of relief from her own complex health issues and now applies her knowledge, dedication and the science of nutrition to educate and empower her clients to improve, overcome or manage their conditions, to promote optimum health, peak performance and disease prevention.

She is a qualified Nutritional Therapist (DipCNM) and a fully insured member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (mBANT).

She trained at The College of Naturopathic Medicine and her qualification title is that of a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist. Her modality is nutrition but she will use, advise and recommend other naturopathic treatments such as reiki, massage, enemas, colonics, detoxifications, saunas, sitz baths, iodine tests, Barnes temperature tests, counselling, light therapy, ear candling and anything else that provides a natural way to healing. She does not carry these functions out herself but she uses other Anam Cara practitioners in these particular fields to support the client’s in-house programme of care.

“As is within, so is without,” says Anam Cara’s nutritionist. She adds:

“As a nutritional therapist my work integrates within the team at Anam Cara because we share the philosophy of wholeness, that everything is connected. For example if we want to see a positive change in the world, we must first bring about that change within ourselves. The world within is the cause, the world without is the effect.

“You can apply the same theory to the human body. The gut is acknowledged as the second brain and any imbalance in the gut often manifests as a physical, psychological or spiritual disturbance, the external symptoms of disease.

“Nutritional therapy identifies the link between nutrition and health, especially gut and brain health. Treatment plans are specifically devised to assist Anam Cara clients on their road to recovery.”

The origins of naturopathy & Anam Cara

The principles of naturopathy were first used by the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400BC. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to induce cure. It was from this original school of thought that naturopathy takes its principles. These are the fundamental principles that also guide the programmes of care at Anam Cara, namely:

  • The healing power of nature – nature has the innate ability to heal
  • Identify and treat the cause – there is always an underlying cause, be it physical or emotional
  • Do no harm – a naturopath will never use treatments that may create other conditions
  • Treat the whole person – when preparing a treatment plan, all aspects of a person’s being are taken into consideration
  • The physician as teacher – a naturopath empowers the patient to take responsibility for his/her own health by teaching self-care
  • Prevention is better than cure – a naturopath may remove toxic substances and situations from a patient’s lifestyle to prevent the onset of further disease

College of Naturopathic Medicine