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The Gaia Centre for Holistic Therapy,

17 Frederick Street,

Loughborough,

Leicestershire,

LE11 3BH


Tel: 01509 551513


email: admin@gaiaholistics.co.uk

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A Typical Therapy Session…

Before the Initial Consultation

Prior to your first consultation, you should be asked to complete an in-depth Personal Health Questionnaire. The questionnaire asks for a brief medical history - details of your health problems and symptoms, any treatments you have had or are currently having, details of any medication and/or nutritional supplements, family history and details of your diet and lifestyle factors etc.

You may also be asked to keep a 7 day food diary. You will need to send the questionnaire and 7 day food diary back to the therapist at a time agreed in advance the first consultation so that he/she can fully assess your case and prepare any relevant material. Better information is obtained this way and less time is spent obtaining basic information during the consultation. The questionnaire might be sent to you either by post or by email.

The Initial Consultation

At the initial consultation which should last approximately one hour, your completed questionnaire will be analysed as the therapist and may need to ask you a few more questions to clarify certain facts or collect additional information.

He/she should then explain what they think are the key factors underlying your health issues and the kinds of changes you may need to make in order to improve them.

A mutual agreement should be reached on some practical and realistic changes to your diet and lifestyle – it’s important that you go away with a programme that you know you can achieve and that you are motivated to get on with right away.

After the consultation you will receive a comprehensive report either by post or email detailing the possible factors underlying your health issues and what, in general, can be done to address them, a list of the actions making up your agreed nutritional programme and any other information that may be useful in helping you to successfully put it into practice.

Supplements

Diet is always the main focus of any nutritional programme however, supplements may be recommended for various reasons, for example to compensate for unavoidable dietary inadequacies, diminished digestion or absorption capacity, help restore balance of good bacteria or to meet increased needs due to certain medical conditions.

Any supplement programme will always be designed with your co-operation and often various options are available in order to meet any budgetary constraints you may have. Supplements will be recommended for you to purchase separately.

Follow-up Consultations

Like most complementary therapies, nutritional therapy aims to identify the root causes of any health problem and then come up with a programme of treatment which addresses every aspect. Identifying the root causes may not be straightforward and may require a process of elimination. Furthermore, treatment and recovery usually takes longer, sometimes much longer, before lasting changes are seen.

Follow-up consultations are usually recommended in order to review progress and to make any necessary changes to your nutritional programme. They also encourage motivation and help you to achieve your goals and maximise health benefits. Follow-up consultations are usually about an hour in duration and usually begin one month after the initial consultation.Your unique needs as an individual will be respected throughout, so the nutritional programme proposed (changes to your diet, lifestyle and/or appropriate supplementation) - should be custom tailored to meet your specific needs.If you have any concerns about what is involved in the nutritional programme and the likely costs don't hesitate your therapist should be available for contact. You’ll also be surprised how affordable and cost effective nutritional therapy consultations can be!


Nutritional Therapy and Conventional Healthcare

It is important to note that nutritional therapy is not an alternative to conventional healthcare; it is a complementary discipline which means that it can work alongside conventional medicine in the treatment and support of ill-health conditions.

Always consult your GP if you are concerned that you may have a serious health problem or if you notice any unusual or unexpected symptoms.

Healthy Eating/Dietary Advice

NUTRITIONAL THERAPY

Improve your health and well being through Nutritional Therapy

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional therapy is a system of healing based on the belief that food, as nature intended, provides the nutrients we need to obtain and maintain a state of health.

Nutritional therapy is a holistic discipline; nutrition as the key to good health is the all-embracing fundamental principle used since the time of the famous Greek doctor and founder of western medicine, Hippocrates, to help people of all ages to stay at their personal peak of energy and vitality. Many cultures use food as medicine; ancient traditional health care systems such as Ayurvedic, Tibetan and Chinese medicine emphasis the importance of food as therapy.

More than two thousand years ago, Hippocrates advocated "Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food." Today we say "You are what you eat!" every cell of your body is made from what you eat, drink and breathe in.

Good nutrition is vital for good health. Without access to abundant, good-quality nutrients, our bodies cannot function properly.

Improving your nutrition can bring stronger resistance to disease, enhance your overall health, lift your mood, and boost your vitality.

Unfortunately - for many of us - due to modern lifestyles and food choices, our diets often lack good quality nutrients sufficient for the body's needs. Modern diets, relying heavily on processed convenience foods, hurried snacks, and overcooked meals, can lack sufficient vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fibre essential for fitness and good health.

The environments we live in and the lifestyles we lead also affect our bodies, placing stresses and strains on us both physically and mentally, and these too have an impact on the nutrition that our bodies need in order to cope.

Nutritional therapy is about finding out what a client's nutritional needs are, either to achieve peak performance or to heal an illness caused, partially or wholly, by nutritional imbalance and then to devise a set of adjustments to diet and lifestyle in order to achieve better health. Positive self-habits will be introduced to help facilitate change.

You may be surprised at just how powerful seemingly small changes to diet and lifestyle can be in resolving many different ill-health conditions. The human body has a fantastic ability to keep itself in good condition if it is given the right nutrition.

Nutritional therapy is safe for babies and children as well as adults, and the change of eating patterns that is typically prescribed usually has far fewer side effects than synthetic medicines.

Embody Guide to Nutritional Advice

Detoxification

Toxins can accumulate in the body from many sources, resulting in feeling lethargic and below-par. A natural detoxification reduces this toxicity and generally results in feeling invigorated and revitalised.

Increased Health and Vitality

Many factors, such as lack of nutrients and blood sugar imbalance, can cause the body to be weary and tired. A customised nutrition programme can positively raise energy, optimise health and boost vitality.

Weight Management

There are numerous reasons why a person’s metabolism may be preventing weight loss. A nutritional therapist can identify these and devise a personal programme to support the body as it rebalances itself and loses fat.

Clinical research and practice has found that individual diet and supplement programmes tailored to your specific needs, may be beneficial in many areas.

Health conditions relieved effectively with Nutritional Therapy include:

....and many more.

Embody Guide to Diet and Nutrition

Individuality

Individuality is a very important aspect of nutritional therapy. Unlike conventional healthcare where everyone with a particular symptom or health complaint tends to be treated in the same way, often with prescribed medications, the nutritional therapist takes time to recommend just what treatments will be most effective for each individual client.

The diets and lifestyles of individuals vary enormously and so do the environments they live in and the stresses and strains they experience. Other factors, such as the genes we are born with and the conditions we have been exposed to throughout our lives, also have varying effects on the nutritional needs of our bodies at the present moment.

All of this means that every person is unique. Nutritional therapy recognises this and tailors a programme for each individual, consisting of dietary and lifestyle changes designed to promote optimum health and/or recovery from illness.

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What people have said about Nutrition for Health:

“Due to considerable weight gain over several years (under-active thyroid finally established), I decided to contact a Nutritional Therapist. An in-depth consultation took place, followed by a written package containing her recommendations. I found the consultation and information sent to me extremely helpful. I lost 9lbs between my first and second appointment (about 6 weeks) and also found that other problems I was experiencing, such as thinning hair and bloating, improved too.”

W, West Bridgford

“I was suffering from bloating, stomach cramps and dry itchy skin. The Nutritional Therapist  diagnosed this as a wheat and dairy allergy, proposed changes to my diet, predominantely a vegetarian detox, and within a few weeks the difference was incredible!”

DS, Grantham

“I found the Nutritional Therapist’s help invaluable in getting my nutritional needs on track. I had been suffering from two ailments for many years – dermatitis and cystitis. The Nutritional Therapist gave me an in depth interview of my past and present health issues and came back with a plan of eating the right foods to eliminate and reduce these symptoms. The diet made a difference to my overall health, I saw a dramatic difference in my skin and my cystitis went completely. I even lost a few pounds! I have adopted some of these foods into my diet regularly and, if I feel that the symptoms are coming back, I use all the components that were suggested to get my health back on track.”  

LB, Nottingham

“Whilst staying in Nottingham, I needed some help in trying to re-integrate different food groups back into my diet after a particularly bad spell with a Candida yeast infection. The Nutritional Therapist created a series of diet plans, and fabulous easy recipes, to help me get my diet back on track. The muesli recipe is out of this world!”  

LD, Bristol

“Whilst I had lived with low energy levels for many years, I was quite resistant to the Nutritional Therapist’s suggestion of stopping eating foods that she felt were contributing to this situation. But one of this treatment's strengths is to suggest healthy and tasty alternative foods so that my diet has been enhanced, not reduced. Over time, my energy levels have increased dramatically and my taste buds have been reawakened – much like I have!”  

JH, Nottingham