Nutritional therapists work with patients to identify and eliminate stressful substances in the body and thereby alleviate or prevent illness by choosing an appropriate diet. Nutritional therapy is a way of using diet and supplements to encourage the body’s natural healing.
Nutritional therapists work with clients empowering them to take responsibility for their own health. They carry out diagnostic tests – using hair samples and allergy testing - and take a medical history from the patient, which includes looking at moods, digestion, diet, exercise, stress and family history.
Once the nutritional therapist has all the necessary information they recommend a tailored programme for their client, focusing on which foods to eliminate or increase together with suggested supplements.
Nutritional therapy can help people of all ages with a wide range of medical conditions.
Nutritional therapists usually work in a health clinic or therapeutic environment or occasionally in patients’ homes. There are no set working hours - unsocial hours may be required to accommodate patients.
Since therapists may work at several centres, a driving licence is useful.
As a nutritional therapist you should:
Demand for nutritional therapy is increasing with opportunities throughout the country. Nutritional therapists may work in private practice and with other organisations such as prisons, the NHS and mental health groups.
There are no direct promotion prospects for self-employed practitioners as success depends on building up and maintaining a sound reputation. Nutritional therapists need to be prepared to market their business, often working long hours at first until they have built up their practice.
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