Nutritional Therapy in Kendal, Cumbria and remotely via Skype with Liz McWatt, BANT Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
“Everyone has a Doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work.
The natural healing force in us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food.”
What is Holistic Nutritional Therapy?
I provide a genuinely holistic approach to Nutritional Therapy which is naturopathic and focuses completely on you, the whole person.
In assessing how I can help you to the best of my ability, I will consider not only your diet, but I will also look in depth at your symptoms, medical and life history, potential emotional factors, stress and lifestyle issues, all of which play a vital role in your health and well-being.
I may suggest functional tests to help me accurately assess what is happening in your body; if you have recently had blood tests done by your Doctor I will include a functional assessment of these as part of my comprehensive evaluation of your individual requirements.
In this way I aim to identify and work with underlying causes of any health issues, rather than focusing on suppression of symptoms.
My holistic approach uses food, lifestyle recommendations, an individually tailored supplement programme to help your body efficiently function to its optimum ability. In this way I aim to support efficient detoxification, promote metabolic balance and support maximum energy production so that together we can help to stimulate self healing and promote long term health, vibrancy and well-being.
It is my intention to help you achieve the maximum possible level of health and well-being that you can, whatever your age and level of health, to help you live your life to the full.
What can you expect from a Nutritional Therapy consultation with Liz?
When you book an appointment, I will send you a comprehensive questionnaire.
At your first consultation I will take a detailed history which will include an overview of your general health, family history, dietary habits, digestive function and lifestyle factors. Your assessment may include the use of appropriate observations and physical signs.
I may recommend functional tests if I feel they would be helpful.
Following your first consultation I will then devise a dietary and lifestyle plan suitable for your own individual circumstances based upon the information you have given me. This may include dietary adjustments, suggestions for dietary support, lifestyle changes and food or botanical supplement recommendations.
It is important that your Family Doctor is fully aware of any health problems you may have; if you have not already consulted him / her with regards to any health concerns you may have, please do so prior to your first appointment.
What are the benefits of Nutritional Therapy?
Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been repeatedly shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body (skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory, endocrine, immune, reproductive, skin, hair and nails). Typical priorities in Nutritional Therapy consultations are 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.
In summary, eating a healthy balanced diet that is specifically designed for your needs can lead to:
• Increased vitality
• Feelings of emotional and psychological well-being
• Optimal energy levels
• Improved sleep quality
• Healthy blood sugar balance
• Optimised Digestive function so you get the full benefit from the foods you are eating
• Promote a tolerance to a wide range of foods
• Enhanced Fertility
• Robust immune system
• Supporting detoxification pathways and promoting an efficient eliminatory system
• A Healthy endocrine system and hormonal balance
• Skin and Hair that glows with health and vitality
The use of food and lifestyle changes is recognized as a principle component of achieving and maintaining optimal levels of health. Research is increasingly recognizing that foods have nutritive value beyond that related to caloric or macronutrient quantity and quality.
I will work with you to achieve the best food selection for your own personal needs.
Food supplementation is sometimes challenged by people who recognize that a balanced diet should meet everyone’s unique biochemical needs. Whilst Nutritional Therapists are trained primarily in the application of food as a health modifier, they also recognize, as do more and more scientists, that there are distinct benefits to the use of specific food supplements and nutritional substrates in conjunction with both a healthy and well balanced diet and a specific lifestyle programme.
Severe deficiency of the vitamins and minerals required for life is relatively uncommon in developed nations, but modest deficiency is very common and is often either not recognized or not taken seriously. New evidence, however, may change this thinking. Particularly significant is recent research that suggests moderate selenium and vitamin K deficiency lead to accumulated damage over time as a result of vitamin and mineral loss, leading to age-related diseases.
How does Nutritional Therapy help to promote optimal health, vitality and well-being?
Optimized Digestive Health - so you get the full benefit from the foods you are eating
Some say “you are what you eat”, but I would also add “you are what you digest”. Enjoying gastrointestinal health is vital to one’s quality of life. Nutrition and its components, including food concentrates and bacteria, are a key component of healthy functional gastrointestinal wellbeing. As a cornerstone for a successful nutritional therapy programme, I believe supporting digestive health is a vital key in optimizing the ability of each individual to gain the maximum benefit from the food they eat. Over the last 15 years, I have worked with many clients to provide them with expert advice and recommendation in supporting optimal gastrointestinal health.
Healthy Endocrine (Hormonal) Support - to promote feelings of wellbeing and support your ability to adapt to the pressures of a modern lifestyle.
Our endocrine system, when operating in perfect health, ensures we enjoy optimal energy levels, a healthy and regulated blood sugar balance, emotional and psychological wellbeing, a state of optimal gastrointestinal health and tolerance to a wide range of foods and different food groups.
Nutritional therapy looks to foods, food concentrates and biological agents (probiotics) to assist and support your body’s normal state of optimal endocrine (hormonal) homeostasis. This can be a difficult area to manage alone, without adequate guidance. Nutritional therapists use a variety of investigations to provide you with a personalized nutrition and lifestyle plan, to guide and support you in your discovery and maintenance of your personal health and wellbeing.
This includes specific and personalized advice using investigations and careful history taking to support / improve your energy levels, concentration, weight and overall health.
Who can benefit from Nutritional Therapy?
Everyone can benefit from eating good wholesome food. Nutritional Therapy analyses each individual's situation and requirements, and treats holistically, aiming to identify the root of problems and using food to treat the person as a whole. Nutritional Therapy is effective for any age, sex, lifestyle and health status.
“To Eat is a necessity, to eat intelligently is an art” La Rochefoucauld
How Easy is it to Eat a Healthy Diet?
Eating a healthy well balanced diet needn’t be hard work. With a little bit of knowledge about which foods are good for you, the health benefits of eating delicious nutritious foods and how to cook them, revitalising your diet along with your health and vitality could be just a step away.
Once you know what to eat, all it takes is a little preparation, plenty of guidance from me and some help from some good recipe books.
I have had problems with food intolerances and allergies since I was 20 years old, so following a gluten-free / dairy free diet is second nature. I’ve learnt over the years how to cook foods that are every bit as delicious despite the dietary restrictions, so I have plenty of know-how to help you through making dietary changes. Working full-time with children and catering for differing dietary choices in the family such as vegetarianism isn’t always easy, but second nature to me. I understand the demands of a busy lifestyle mean you need practical advice based on experience to help smooth the way through dietary changes.
Suppliers of Organic Foods Locally
Ideally we should eat as much food as possible from organic sources. Foods that are grown or reared organically avoid the use of toxic pesticides which may have an impact on our health. In addition they usually contain far higher levels of nutrients than foods from non-organic origin.
Howbarrow Organic Farm, Cartmel
Growing Well Ltd
Low Sizergh Farm
Low Stanger Farm & Market Garden
Suppliers of Free From Foods
Most supermarkets now supply a good range of free from products, so it is easy to include these with your regular shop. In addition you may find the following links a useful resource.
Artisan Bread Organic
I have more than 17 years experience in supporting people's health as a nutritional therapist and helping them to regain a renewed sense of health, vitality and emotional balance
If you are unsure whether Nutritional Therapy may be able to help you, please contact me for further information