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What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is a holistic health modality that uses the warning signs and signals your body sends you to identify and support underlying dysfunction at a cellular or building block level. It is based on the belief that many health problems that riddle our society are a result of weaknesses in physiological function brought on by the modern diet. Nutritional Therapy is a systematic, tried and tested approach to health that utilises personalised nutrition and lifestyle programs. And it's one that ultimately puts control back into your hands.

What does nutrition have to do with your health concerns?

Conventional medicine, at its foundation, focuses on the biochemistry of cells, tissue, and organs. When your cells—the basic building blocks of your body—are nutrient deficient your health suffers, eventually spiralling downwards. Food contains chemical messages, either providing what your cells need to function optimally, or placing a toxic burden on them. Nutritional Therapists are trained to help balance your body's chemistry using the tools of nutrition, supplements and lifestyle.

How does a Nutritional Therapist differ from a Dietician or Nutritionist?

Nutritional Therapy is bio-individualised, supporting each unique person and their body to achieve balance and improved health through nutrition and lifestyle. A Nutritional Therapist uses an in-depth health history, a detailed signs and symptoms questionnaire, a food and mood journal and a hands-on functional evaluation to work out each client’s unique nutritional status, creating a targeted program just for them. Nutritional Therapy is also functional, meaning it looks at the systems in someone’s body as a whole rather than at individual health challenges such as weight, hormones or immunity. 

Nutritional Therapy is therefore able to provide deeper support for each client compared to conventional methods that tend to be used by dietetics and nutritionists. The results are powerful.

What does a Nutritional Therapist do?

As a Nutritional Therapist, I work with your bio-individual physiology and function. Using detailed questionnaires about your health along with a food and mood diary followed by a comprehensive interview, I will refine your health goals before conducting a functional examination during which I will identify and confirm any underlying dysfunction. From there I will determine which nutritional and lifestyle adjustments will best support your body. While the process might seem simple, the results for health and wellness are profound.

A Nutritional Therapist does not treat any specific disease or medical condition. We are trained to evaluate nutritional needs and make recommendations on dietary and lifestyle change, and nutritional supplements.

What are Microbiome Mapping (stool testing) and Food Sensitivity Testing, and what are they used for?

Microbiome mapping is scientific lab stool testing that provides information on gastro-intestinal infections, which can be used to create a personalised and targeted healing protocol using food and natural supplements. Stool testing provides information on overgrowths of bad bacteria; undergrowths of good bacteria; yeast and fungal infections; parasitic and worm infections; gut immunity status; pancreatic function (digestive enzymes); fat digestion; H Pylori; viral pathogens; autoimmune triggers; gut inflammation; and, leaky gut (zonulin). I use the GI-Map, which uses the most up-to-date technology, via NutriPATH Integrative Pathology Services.

Food sensitivity testing is a blood test that provides information on foods the body has become sensitive to, often through gastrointestinal issues such as leaky gut. By removing these foods for 3 or 6 months and rotating some other foods, the gut is better able to heal before these foods are reintroduced. Dietary restrictions are therefore not necessarily permanent. I use ALCAT testing via NutriPATH Integrative Pathology Services.

What is a Restorative Wellness Practitioner and what do they do?

A Restorative Wellness Practitioner is trained in the science of gastrointestinal or gut healing. Based on lab tests—including possibly a comprehensive stool analysis, SIBO testing and food sensitivity testing—I create an individualised and targeted food and supplement protocol to restore gut function and integrity in a holistic and natural way that doesn’t cause further harm. This deeper dive that can be helpful for children and/or people with complex illnesses and autoimmune disease.

It is important to have optimal gut health as it is the powerhouse of the body where 60% of our immunity resides and most of our brain cells live. Healing the gastrointestinal tract can contribute significantly to restoring physical and emotional health.

What is a Certified Gluten Practitioner and what do they do?

A Certified Gluten Practitioner is trained in the root causes of gluten related and autoimmune disorders, along with how to assess and test for them, provide support and educate clients presenting with a wide variety of symptoms.

The Certified Gluten Practitioner Program is the most comprehensive practitioner education available for Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Celiac Disease and Autoimmune Disorders, providing clinically proven approaches to help support clients. It is created and taught by Dr Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN, a world-renowned expert in these disorders.

What is the DNA Health TEST?

The DNA Health test is designed to optimise well-being and health by personalising lifestyle and diet choices and, where necessary, using specific food and supplements to offset any particular nutritional deficit based on specific gene variants. It assists in establishing someone’s optimal nutrition for good health, longevity and disease risk mitigation. Diet is a key factor in determining genomic stability as it impacts on all relevant pathways: exposure to dietary carcinogens, biotransformation, DNA repair and synthesis and apoptosis. Current recommended dietary allowances for vitamins and minerals are based largely on the prevention of diseases of deficiency. However, because diseases of lifestyle are partly caused by damage to DNA it stands to reason that we should focus our attention on defining optimal requirements of key minerals and vitamins for preventing genomic instability.

The DNA Health test report

  • Provides the level of impact of any genetic variants identified

  • Gives an explanation of their impact on health

  • Advises on appropriate nutritional and lifestyle recommendations

  • Highlights specific metabolic pathways that may require extra support

  • Makes recommendations that involve optimisation of quantities of certain nutrients, vitamins and minerals

  • Suggests whether an individual is better able to reduce their cholesterol levels through diet, as opposed to through medication

  • Provides an indication of the degree of susceptibility to the harmful effects of carcinogens ingested in the diet

  • The results are divided in sections of key metabolic function, so that genetic weaknesses and strengths within a functional area can be easily identified. 

What is a Health Coach and what is Health Coaching?

I am also a health coach—a wellness guide and supportive mentor. I educate and motivate people to develop positive and sustainable health and wellbeing choices through tailored dietary, lifestyle and behavioural adjustments.

I see Health Coaching as a collaboration between myself and my client with the aim of improving their overall health and wellbeing. Unlike the traditional health approach where patients are told what to do, I help my clients choose their own goals with the best evidence-based wellness options, strategies, information and guidance. I motivate them through gradual and sustainable success rather than advocating discipline and denial. In other words, I add to my clients’ lives rather than take things away. I also look at my clients as whole people and take into consideration their entire lives.

What does foundational or ROOT CAUSE health mean?

Foundational or core health is about setting the stage for optimal health by supporting and bringing balance to the five foundations listed below. By supporting each of these, and helping clients adopt a more nutrient-dense diet, body chemistry can be brought back into natural balance. All five foundations are built on a single, solid base—a properly prepared, nutrient-dense diet. Reaching optimal health requires sincere commitment, possible lifestyle changes and a positive attitude:

  • Digestion

  • Blood Sugar Regulation

  • Fatty Acid Balance

  • Mineral Balance

  • Hydration

Do you accept insurance?

I don’t accept insurance billing but will provide you with an official receipt.

I would encourage you to not look at the money alone. In terms of the financial burden, if you take into account out-of-pocket medical expenses, the trial and error of supplements (which I usually avoid), the cost of other treatment and sick days, seeing me becomes easier to justify. There are also the other costs of being unwell in terms of the quality of your life, including on your physical and emotional wellbeing, and the impact on your family and work.