The basis of nutritional therapy
Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak
performance and individual care. Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools
to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may
contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to
work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards
maintaining health. Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine. It is
relevant both for individuals looking to enhance their health and wellbeing and for those
with chronic conditions wishing to work with or ‘consult’ a nutritional therapist in
collaboration with other suitably qualified healthcare professionals.
Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalized nutrition
and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Practitioners never
recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any
client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also
frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other
healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy
programme that has been provided.
What a nutritional therapy session typically involves?
Before the first consultation, I usually provide a health and nutrition questionnaire for the
client to complete. An initial consultation typically lasts 60 minutes, and in this time I ask
detailed questions about current health concerns, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment,
medical history, family history, lifestyle, levels of physical activity, use of medication and
supplements and diet. I then evaluates individual needs and use the extensive evidence
base for nutritional science to develop a personalised, safe and effective nutrition and
Follow up consultations are generally after four weeks in order to monitor progress and
make any necessary adjustments. Further follow-ups may be required depending on each
It is important to choose a qualified nutritional therapist who has undertaken all the
necessary training to understand the theory and practice of nutritional therapy.
Anna Winek our therapist is a fully qualified Nutritional therapist registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by
searching the register at www.cnhc.org.uk and The British Association for Applied Nutrition
and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) by searching the register http://bant.org.uk
By choosing nutritional therapists registered with the CNHC and BANT you can be
confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.