Nutritional therapy

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health and individual care. Typical priorities in nutritional therapy consultations include support to achieve optimum energy levels, healthy blood sugar balance, emotional and psychological wellbeing, optimum gastrointestinal health and tolerance to a broad range of food groups.

Nutritional therapy looks at an individual’s health through an approach called functional medicine. Functional medicine attempts to assess certain health conditions through analysis of physiological symptoms and interactions with their environment over time. Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and maybe suitable if you have a chronic condition or are looking for support to enhance your health and wellbeing.


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A nutritional therapist uses a wide range of tools to evaluate the health of a patient and subsequently advises on lifestyle and dietary/nutritional practices to maintain good health, reduce the risk of disease and help support chronic conditions. This is all underpinned by the recognition that every person is unique rather than a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. It is not a replacement for medical advice but rather the aim is to work alongside the medical professional and keep them informed of why any nutritional recommendations have been made.

It is important to remember that Nutritional Therapy is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and if a practitioner identifies any 'red flag' symptoms indicative of a serious health issue, they will refer clients onto an appropriate medical professional.

Research indicates that nutritional therapy maybe beneficial for supporting:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Weight management, low energy

  • Stress, Type 2 diabetes

  • Skin health

  • Hormone health

  • Anti-aging


What to expect

Before the initial consultation you will need to complete a nutritional therapy questionnaire and food diary. During the consultation this questionnaire and food diary will be examined in full detail together with delving deeper into current health concerns, symptoms, health history, family history, lifestyle, medication, supplements and diet.

We will then go through your diet together and assess how it may be contributing to your symptoms. You will then be provided with dietary advice, meal ideas and handouts to support your main health concerns. A bespoke Health Optimisation Plan (HOP) outlining your goals and including specific dietary guidelines will be drawn up together. I may also suggest laboratory testing and supplements which I can organise for you should they be deemed appropriate.

Testing

Functional testing is frequently recommended in nutritional therapy and a few of the many tests available include:

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  • Food intolerance testing

  • Comprehensive stool analysis

  • Thyroid

  • Adrenal

  • Genetic fitness/nutrition data

  • Micronutrient screen

  • Toxic metals

 

Your nutritional therapists

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Dr Nina Fuller-Shavel
MA Hons MB BChir DipION

Nina is a qualified Nutritional Therapist with degrees in science and medicine from Cambridge University. She is a member of British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), as well as being fully registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Nina is passionate about the role of nutrition and functional medicine in promoting our health and wellbeing. She uses an evidence-informed yet client-focused approach to create comprehensive personalised plans to address her client’s unique needs.

 
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Julie Weston
DipION FdSc mBANT CNHC

Julie graduated from the esteemed Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) based in Richmond, London in 2013, after 5 years of part-time study. She is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), the professional body for Nutritional Therapists.

Julie aims primarily to support women. Today’s lifestyles frequently mean high workloads and increased stress, commonly leading to functional imbalances within the body. Optimising digestive health can frequently form a critical part of the wellness programme and is an area Julia specialises in.

 

Dietician & nutritional session times

Monday 9:30am - 1:30pm
Nutritional therapy with Julie
Wednesday to Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Nutritional therapy with Nina                                       
Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Nutritional therapy with Nina

Dietician & nutritional session fees

Nutritional therapy initial consultation (90 min)   £75 Julie
£120 Nina
Nutritional therapy follow-up consultation (40-60 min)   £50 Julie
£80 Nina