Integrative nutrition is using food and supplementation (when needed) to optimise how the body is functioning rather than cure a particular disease. Everyone is individual so we look at which systems in a person’s body is not functioning correctly; there might be imbalances in the biochemical pathways or in the microbiome (gut).
To understand your how your body is biologically functioning, tests can be performed to see what is happening. These could be in the form of blood tests or functional tests e.g. stool tests for gut health, urine test for hormone detoxification or DNA tests to name a few. They will be applicable to the individual needs. They are not blanket tests and they are not performed on the NHS. Tests are not always necessary and it’s up to the individual and their budget.
The aim primarily is to use food as a medicine. So, we discuss what you are eating and tweaking your diet to add in foods that you aren’t eating. Therapeutic supplementation only happens for nutrient deficiencies. Eating whole, real, minimally processed foods is the key to remaining healthy. However, in some people, it’s not what they are eating but their body is not absorbing the foods properly and we investigate the reason why.
What conditions can be helped by changing your diet and lifestyle?
If you are feeling unwell and have a chronic condition that isn’t responding to medical intervention then Integrative Nutrition might by the way forward for you.
Here are some of the typical conditions that can benefit from diet and lifestyle changes:
- Chronic fatigue
- Menopause symptoms
- High cholesterol and blood sugar dysregulation
- Chronic pain
- Fertility issues
- Digestive health issues e.g. IBS, constipation, diarrhoea
If you'd like to find out more about Integrative Nutrition - or if you'd like to book an appointment - you can do so by calling us today on 01722 421 242.