Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care.
Registered Nutritionist, April Alexander, uses a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns.
This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining both physical and emotional health.
Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Nutritionists have access to a wide range of functional tests to determine underlying conditions such as:
- hormonal imbalance;
- thyroid and adrenal dysfunction;
- digestive disorders;
- food intolerances
- nutrient deficiencies
April recognises that each person is an individual with unique requirements and will take time to define personalised nutrition plans rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
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.
What a nutritional therapy session typically involves?
Before your first consultation at Physio Plus, April requests the client keeps a food/drink/sleep/emotion journal that can be forwarded before the session.
An initial consultation typically lasts 60 to 90 minutes, and in this time detailed questions will be asked regarding current health concerns, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, medical history, family history, lifestyle, levels of physical activity, use of medication and supplements and diet. April then evaluates individual needs and uses the extensive evidence base for nutritional science to develop a personalised, safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme.
Follow up consultations are generally after four weeks in order to monitor progress, to make further adjustments and plans of action moving forward.
What Nutritional Therapy can help:
Alongside private consultations, April has a passion for education – knowledge is power. April lectures mature students currently striving to attain their Nutritional qualification and leads workshops throughout the country for the general public, corporate companies, schools and community groups. Workshops are diverse and tailored to suit the group involved.
Most recent workshops have included:
- ‘Optimise your gut health, improve your immunity and emotional health’,
- ‘Cooking course – nutrition for everyday living’
- ‘Healthy meal prep on a budget’
- ‘The importance of gut health and how this impacts all areas of your life’
- ‘Sugar – the not so sweet truth’
- ‘Change for good – create the lifestyle you love’
- ‘Ditch the fads’
- ‘Eating with the seasons – supporting your emotional and physical wellbeing’