Nutritional Therapy applies nutrition science in order to the improve health of an individual. A wide range of methods can be used, by the Registered Nutritional Therapists, to evaluate and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand their contribution to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. Nutritional Therapists work to address the individual’s nutritional imbalances and support them gaining and maintaining health. Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Nutrients and other components of food influence functioning of the body, can protect against disease, help restore health as well as support our response to environmental stresses. In some situations and some people, diet can pose a serious risk factor possibly leading to a number of diseases. In other cases an individual may have formed unhealthy eating patterns which have lead to an eating disorders. The degree to which diet influences the balance between healthy and disease states may depends on an individual. Having an unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity can lead to an individual being at a higher risk of disease. Healthy nutrition is best when started early in life and breastfeeding of babies can help healthy growth and improves cognitive development as well as assisting with the development of the babies immune system which will protect them in later life. While growing, and all through life, it is crucial to keep energy intake (in calories) in balance with energy expenditure.