What is the world is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner?
An NTP is a paraprofessional certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association to perform Functional Evaluations in order to make specific nutritional recommendations for their clients. The goal with these recommendations are to balance the body chemistry by strengthening weaknesses in the foundations of health in order to better pursue and achieve optimal wellness. An NTP does not diagnose or treat disease.
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy is an integrative approach to wellness. The primary goal of nutritional therapy is to re-gain balance in the body by addressing nutrient deficiencies. Nutrient sufficiency is obtained through a properly prepared, nutrient-dense, whole food diet, and it provides essential building blocks for the body to balance itself. Through carefully designed bio-individual dietary, lifestyle and supplement recommendations, along with sensible advice for adequate hydration, rest, and stress management, Nutritional Therapy promotes optimal health.
Consequently, body chemistry can be effectively balanced and dysfunction can be reduced or eliminated by this approach.
How does Nutritional Therapy work?
Nutritional Therapy (NT) is rooted in science that stems from both modern Western and traditional Eastern medicine. First, NT is based on the idea that our bodies are amazingly capable of restoring balance when given the right fuel. Therefore, a nutrient rich, properly prepared diet is at the heart of all recommendations.
The work of great nutritional pioneers like Weston A. Price, DDS, Dr. Francis Pottenger, MD, Royal Lee, DDS, and Melvin Page, DDS, provide supporting scientific evidence regarding the positive effect of a healthy diet on health. Their studies show that the consumption of a properly prepared, nutrient-dense diet paired with targeted, high quality supplements (used when necessary and for a short period), health can be completely restored at the cellular level.
When assessing a particular client’s nutritional needs, information is gathered from a confidential health questionnaire, a detailed food journal, the consultation interview, and a hands-on Functional Evaluation (for in person consultations only). Utilizing this information, a Nutritional Therapist is able to clearly answer the following important questions:
1) Are nutrient deficiencies present in the client?
2) What particular nutrient(s) will work to restore and balance the client?
3) When is the client sufficient?
Who will benefit from Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy benefits a wide range of individuals including children, adults, athletes, pregnant women, and the elderly. Whether you are dealing with a specific condition, a systemic problem, or an overall lack of energy, a nutrient-dense, properly prepared diet and healthy lifestyle modifications will help get you back to good health.
In my words:
As an NTP I work with you as an individual. I meet you where you are on your natural, nutritional journey and, together, we pave a path that is right for you and your body’s needs.
We begin by addressing the foundations and once beyond the foundations,
we focus on more specific details tailored for you.
Through paperwork, consultation, and, if given permission, a physical functional evaluation,
I learn more about you. Each of these steps provide me with keen insight about what your body needs to perform at its very best.
If you’d like more information on nutritional therapy
please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a complimentary, 15 minute phone call.