Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy: What is it?

Most of us know that the food we eat affects the way we feel, however the thought of using food truly to support the body and mind to be free from disease and prosper is perhaps a step too far for many. Is that even possible? The short answer is YES.

Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy recognises that every person is unique and therefore has an individual set of dietary requirements. It is a nutritional therapist's job to establish what improvements or changes an individual can make to their diet to improve overall health and well-being.

The Principles of Naturopathic Nutrition

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Naturopathic Nutritionists contest that the body has an inherent ability to heal itself (when given the right environment) and, when working at an optimal level, to ward off disease.

  • Treat the whole person. Naturopathic Nutritionists work from the perspective that health and disease are more than just germs and infection. Mental, physical, spiritual and environmental factors each play a role. Naturopathic Nutritionists take all of these factors into consideration when developing treatment. So, where a conventional health care professional may prescribe medication to suppress symptoms, a naturopath may look for alternative approaches because the goal is to restore health, not simply banish illness. 

  • First, do no harm. This tenet is, of course, part of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians. Naturopathic Nutritionists generally avoid methods that merely relieve symptoms without addressing the cause. This is the foundation of another principle:

  • Identify the cause. Instead of treating symptoms, naturopaths seek to identify and treat the underlying cause. Symptoms are not the cause of illness - they simply indicate that your body is out of balance. The cause is often more difficult to identify. It could be anything from a vitamin or mineral deficiency to an emotional problem. By identifying and addressing (or removing) the cause, the symptoms can be relieved rather than suppressed. 

  • Prevention. Naturopathic Nutrition places great emphasis on prevention. Naturopathic Nutritionists assess your risk factors and make suggestions that will support your good health.

  • An educator. The role of a Naturopathic Nutritionist is also as an educator/teachers and try to teach patients how to take responsibility for their own health. This may involve suggesting nutritional, emotional, dietary or other lifestyle changes.