I think nutritional therapy is one of the most misunderstood professions here in the UK. When I tell people my ‘job title’, a typical response I get goes something like this…
I can answer these questions, but they are more suitable for a dietitian.
In fact, what we (nutritional therapists) do is provide holistic medicine that treats you inside and out by correcting the root cause of your symptoms.
Let’s say you go along to your GP with a symptom (or list of symptoms). If they know of a drug (or drugs) to make them go away, they will hand you a prescription. Most of the time, the drugs do the trick, and it requires minimal effort on your part. You just need to remember to take them!
Mainstay medicine, by and large, is there to suppress your symptoms. But, has that made you healthier? Are you now ‘better,’ or have you just won at ‘wack a mole’?
In contrast, as a Registered Nutritional Therapist, I will view the symptom as a white flag.
I know that it is your body’s way of saying, ‘Hello, I’m struggling here. Something is not right’.
The symptom could be anything, for example, bloating, headaches, joint pain, irregular periods, fatigue, acne.
My job is to puzzle piece what is driving it and, go there!
One of the tools I use will be food, but I am interested in more than just what you eat.
Moreover, good health is more than just the absence of disease; it’s thriving in all aspects of your life. By looking at you as a whole and restoring any underlying imbalances in your body, you will feel better than ever, and have fortified your health for the future.
As I touched on above, several health professionals provide dietary and nutritional advice. Maybe you have searched for a ‘nutritionist, near me’ and been overwhelmed with choices. I often get asked what the difference is, so let’s clear up any confusion.
A Registered Dietitian holds a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in the UK and needs to be registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) to use the title ‘dietitian.’ They usually work within the NHS. However, some have a private practice. They advise and influence food and health policy.
A nutritionist is a general term that can be used by anyone who is offering nutritional advice. The title is not protected by law in the UK. They may not hold any qualifications and, as such, will not belong to a governing body.
A Registered Nutritional Therapist (me) must complete a minimum of a three-year diploma course, approved by the government-backed Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
As a Registered Nutritionist in London, I don’t claim to treat or cure health conditions, but I most certainly support and guide you. In doing so we get some fantastic results! I work in collaboration with your doctor and other health professionals – my sole goal is to support your wellbeing and get you where you want to be.
Now you know how an online nutritionist in London, can help you, are you ready to start your journey to better health?
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