Why Nutritional Therapy is Different

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There is reason that I chose to receive my education through the Nutritional Therapy Association.

They’re different. Their approach is different. Our hearts as practitioners are different.

Our first in-person workshop weekend everyone in my class took turns introducing themselves. Tears immediately flowed as we told our stories of why we were there.

Amongst the room there were flight attendants, stay-at-home moms, physical therapists, artists, registered dietitians, nurses, entrepreneurs, school teachers, and many more. Such passion and emotion in each of us, a distinct calling and purpose that drew us there together. We all had such desires in our heart. Our tribe was immediately formed.

I can, with confidence, group the 3,716 NTA trained practicioners as being some of the most passionate and loving practitioners in the world.

Nutritional Therapy is different from other avenues of health. We aren’t a quick-fix or a fad. Our coursework isn’t defined by corporations or big business. We aren’t people out looking for a dollar.

Without further ado,here are 5 of my favorite things that make us different:

We Work to Find the Root:

This is my absolute favorite part about being an NTP. It makes my heart skip a beat.

We dig and dig and dig and search and inspect and ask our community to try and find the root cause as to why our clients are not feeling well. We base our practices on foundational health, beginning at the bottom and working to bring your body back in balance one step at a time.

For example, in my practice, if I have a client come in with joint pain, I don’t immediately assume that they have a joint condition. I dig to find the root cause: food allergies? inflammation? where is the cause of the inflammation? sugar? lack of healthy fats in the diet?

I ask all these questions to gain a better understanding to foundationally (is that a word? I’m not sure…just go with it 😉 ) approach my client’s symptoms. That way we are setting them up for long-lasting results, not just a quick fix.

We Use Whole Foods:

In Nutritional Therapy we stress the importance of a whole food, properly prepared, nutrient dense diet. We encourage our clients to make steps, at their own pace, to find which foods make their body feel and perform the best (and, at the same time, we often find what doesn’t work for their body as well.)

When a more therapeutic level of a nutrient may be needed, we often turn to the assistance of trusted, professional supplement companies to help our client return to health and prosperity.

Are we against modern medicine? Absolutely not! We know that modern medicine has its place.

We “Walk the Walk”:

Not to say other healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals do not “walk the walk” , but every NTP I know practices what they preach.

Do we slip up and/or have some “bad habits”? Well, but of course! Each of us our human!

The best thing about walking the walk is we are constantly learning for and with our clients. We know and understand the struggles and we’re constantly doing our best to better serve those who entrust us with their help.

We Tailor Your Protocol to Specifically Fit You:

Unlike cookie-cutter diet plans, Nutritional Therapists create your nutritional protocol specifically for you. We take the information we gather from paperwork, functional evaluations, conversation, and research to create your specific steps to regain balance in body chemistry and optimal wellness.

In general, no two protocols will be exactly the same or for the same amount of time.

And, depending upon your NTP, they may have other skill sets they can incorporate. For example, I’m a personal trainer and gym owner, so I may recommend specific exercises that may benefit you. Or, I have a great friend who is a massage therapist as well as an NTP; she could recommend massage therapy in your protocol.

We are Trained in Functional Evaluations:

Whether your Nutritional Therapist practices with a functional evaluation is all up to them. But if they are a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner they will have the skill set and knowledge to perform a functional evaluation. What in the world is a functional evaluation? I always explain it like this, ” A functional evaluation is a series of palpations I perform to better indicate strengths and imbalances in your body. They give me an even better indication of where your body may need support.” Also, with the functional evaluation comes Lingual-Neuro Testing.

“In lingual-neuro testing, the taste buds are informing the brain, and the body reacts accordingly. Receptor cells in the taste buds generate impulses in the rostral parts of the solitary tract of the medulla oblongata. The solitary tract is a slender, compact fiber bundle whose primary sensory fibers convey information from stretch receptors and chemoreceptors in the walls of cardiovascular, respiratory and intestinal tracts3. This information travels from the taste buds, through the solitary tract and on to point on the pons4 called the pontine taste area. From here the pathways extend to the lateral hypothalamic area, the autonomic and endocrine control center. Next to the ventral posteromedial nucleus of the thalamus, then onto the sensory cortex (just below the face area). The lateral horn in the spine, where signals from the taste buds are received, has descending fibers proceeding directly to the organs. This is where the decisions are made reflexively by the body—in the central nervous system.”

That quote is from the learning material I was given as a student. It explains LNT’ing far better than I ever could.

Both the functional and LNT are optional to the practitioner or you, but it’s incredibly fascinating and one of the neatest parts of my practice.

Finally, I’ll leave you with the definition of a Nutritional Therapist:

Nutritional Therapist: A new paraprofessional certified to do Functional Evaluations in order to make nutritional recommendations to balance body chemistry and achieve optimal wellness.

I also have a blog detailing what an NTP is here: “What is an NTP?”

I’m so grateful and thankful to be amongst those with this set of initials.

Thank you for reading and if you have any other questions about nutritional therapy, please feel free to email me at katie@naturallykatie.com

In love and health, 


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Disclaimer: None of this information is intended to diagnose or treat any type of illness or disease. Always consult with your physician before making any decisions regarding your health. 

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