The body is designed to strive for health and is constantly working to stay in a state of balance. Certain foods, lifestyle habits, stress and environmental influences can take the body out of balance. If this is short-lived, we recover and all is well but problems arise when the imbalance is too great or lasts for too long and the body can no longer maintain a healthy state. The role of a nutritional therapist is to determine where the imbalances lie and using the powerful nutrients in whole foods, help the body get back to optimum function.
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy begins by looking at the signs and symptoms you're experiencing, determining possible deficiencies and abnormal function in the body and using food and, if necessary, supplements to help address the root causes.
We can use nutritional therapy to target deficiencies and imbalances within the body but just as importantly, we need to look at our relationship with food and whether it's getting in the way of improving our health.
Food can have amazing benefits to our physical and mental health: using the many powerful nutrients in whole foods you can help to support your body’s natural state of health.
What happens at my appointment?
Before your appointment you’ll be sent a health questionnaire and food diary to complete and return prior to the initial consultation.
During your first appointment we'll discuss all your current symptoms and previous medical history.
Forest Hill Practice's nutritional therapist Saskia Knight will then look in detail at each system within the body including digestion, hormones, detoxification, nervous and cardiovascular systems to identify what the root cause of your symptoms might be. Within 1-2 days, you'll be emailed an individual nutritional and lifestyle plan according to your individual needs and requirements.
A follow-up appointment will be made within 2-4 weeks, depending on your individual needs.
What about testing?
It may be necessary to order functional tests which can give us more specific information about where imbalances lie in the body, which organs in the body are functioning poorly and whether there may be nutritional deficiencies or allergies.
A wide range of tests are available covering many areas including thyroid function, digestion, neurotransmitters, oxidative stress, female and male hormones, adrenal function, detoxification and many more. If you would like to find out more about testing please contact me for further information and advice.
What conditions can Nutritional Therapy help?
Nutritional therapy can address many health conditions, such as:
• Digestive issues
• Weight management
• Hormonal imbalances such as PMS and PCOS
• Blood sugar imbalances
• Thyroid problems
• Skin complaints
• Anxiety & low mood
• Food allergies & intolerances
About Saskia Knight
Saskia Knight is a registered nutritional therapist, supporting clients with a wide range of health conditions. She has special interests in diabetes, digestive conditions and children's health.
Saskia is registered with the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council), the UK voluntary register for complementary therapists. She is also a member of BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapists), the professional body for registered nutritional therapists.
Nutritional Therapy Consultation Fees
Children under 16 must be accompanied by their parent or carer.