(i) What is Nutritional Therapy?
In today’s modern western (or allopathic) medicine, much of the primary focus on client care relates to addressing symptoms, not the causes of underlying issues. If you had a sick tree, would you try and treat the leaves, hoping the problem would go away? Of course not. You would look at the roots, the branches, the quality of the soil, the environment. You would form a holistic overview before making a diagnosis. To this extent, nutritional therapy (and specific practices like functional medicine), uses a range of diagnostic methods and approaches and tries to understand what is at the core of the client’s health issue.
First, and foremost, nutritional therapy promotes and encourages healthy, balanced eating habits. “We are what we eat,” as they say. Eating a balanced, healthy diet full of organic (where possible), wholesome natural produce is a welcome first step in restoring and maintaining good health. Accompanied with lifestyle changes, nutritional therapy may result in real change in a person’s condition and the quality of a person’s overall health.