Strong statement here: everyone needs a nutritional therapy practitioner. Why? There are so many reasons!
Most importantly, the nutrition information that’s out there via traditional media, allopathic medical doctors, your neighbor and that click-bait article that came up on your social media are full of partial truths.
Much of what you read is based on one study, or far reaching conclusions that really don’t make sense. Many of the studies out there are funded by companies, corporations or industries with a vested interest in a particular outcome.
Are you confident that you know what you should eat?
The fact of the matter is that we all need to eat. Further, most of us eat many times per day. Each time we feed our body, we are either supporting it in its best biochemical functioning, or not.
There is not one way of eating that is right for all people. Anyone that makes you think that is suspect. (And they probably have something to sell you).
Our food systems have changed drastically over the past 100 years, but what is best for the human body, has not. So how do we figure out what we should be eating?
That’s where working with a nutritional therapy practitioner comes in. Your NTP is trained to help you figure out what is best for your body in your current season of life.
Who Needs a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner?
Just like you access professionals in other areas of your life, working with a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) can help you figure out how your diet and related lifestyle factors are affecting your overall well-being and health.
Whether you’re looking to figure out why you have a mid-afternoon slump, you’re having trouble figuring out your sleep schedule, you suddenly feel like you have a bowling ball in your stomach, or you want to prepare your body for a future pregnancy, working with an NTP is for you!
A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is a specialized type of health coach that has gone through the training program of the Nutritional Therapy Association, an association that has been training nutrition professionals for 25 years, long before most health coaching programs began to pop up.
The Benefits of Working with an Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
1. You get a Comprehensive Nutritional Assessment
You receive a complete nutritional assessment. Using a variety of questionnaires and interview questions, your NTP will give you a thorough assessment, pinpointing areas that could use support.
Whether is is supporting one of the foundations, targeting specific organs or drainage pathways, or lowering your stress, an NTP is equipped to analyze your current areas that need improvement.
2. You get professional support for your health goals
Whether you are trying to lose weight, want sustained energy throughout the day, or want supportive approaches for long standing health issues, an NTP can help you support your body through a food first approach.
Working with an NTP, you will come up with individualized health goals that are right for you at this season of life.
3. You have help taking actionable steps
Whatever goals you decide on tackling, your NTP is qualified to help you come up with specific meal ideas, stress lowering activities, movement and lifestyle changes. They can help you find local resources such as a farm share or CSA share for buying produce.
4. Further Testing is Optional!
Unlike a functional medicine practice, that can have you running thousands of dollars worth of tests before getting an actionable health plan, working with an NTP starts with you. Your history, your current eating habits and your symptoms.
Once you’ve been working on getting the foundational work going, you can be referred out to functional testing as an option for fine tuning. (That said, often after several months of working together many symptoms have magically resolved).
5. You can improve your health and wellbeing
When you go see a doctor, you generally only have 15 minutes to meet which means that you get a quick run through and a prescription on your way out. Your history and your future are barely touched upon for lack of time.
Working with an NTP is a totally different process. By making incremental nutritional and lifestyle changes, your health will gradually improve.
Our clients often find, that just through working with an NTP they become more aware of their body! In time, you will key in to your body’s own innate intuition and will be able to feel great every day.
What to know before you start
As with any healthcare professional, you will want to find an NTP that feels like a good fit. Your NTP can help you come up with long term goals and short term action steps to improve your health.
An NTP will generally use a food first approach, meaning that nutrition or dietary and lifestyle changes will be an important component of your work together. That said, they can also help you make adjustments in the fields of movement, stress, sleep and detoxification.
If you’re looking to come out of your meeting with a list of supplements, you may be disappointed. While supplementation may be an important step in resolving imbalances, it shouldn’t be a forever solution. Ultimately, the goal is to bring your body into biochemical balance.
The bottom line
Just like you use a financial professional to help you prepare taxes, having someone on your team to help you with the day to day things that have the largest impact on your health is a no brainer.
You can try to figure it out on your own. You can sort through the contradicting news articles and corporate agendas. You can follow any number of health influencers on social media. But none of them have your body, your lifestyle, or your priorities.
You have one physical body in this lifetime, so take care of it! Getting professional help to feel your best through every life season, is the ultimate gift to yourself and the universe.
Feeling nourished, strong, and aligned is not just for you, it’s for everyone in your life. When we feel good we radiate that out. So what are you waiting for? If you’re ready to find out if nutritional therapy is right for you, book a free 20 minute discovery call at the button below.