Nutritional medicine is the science behind food that looks at the nutrients within food and how the body uses these nutrients. Without proper preparation, digestion, absorption, metabolism, transport, storage and excretion of nutrients, the body is unable to utilise the food we ingest to its full potential.
Nutritional medicine aims to address many common disorders and conditions, including:
- Gastrointestinal disturbances and conditions e.g. gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, food allergies and hypersensitivities, IBS, autoimmune diseases and disorders
- Hormonal imbalances e.g. menstrual irregularities, infertility, reproductive disorders, pregnancy and thyroid disorders
- Anxiety and stress
- Adrenal exhaustion
- Fatigue, insomnia and sleep management
- Blood sugar imbalances and sugar cravings
- Weight loss
- Cardiovascular health e.g. blood pressure and high cholesterol
- Skin conditions e.g. acne, psoriasis and eczema/dermatitis
- Eating disorders and emotional eating
- Respiratory problems e.g. sinusitis, colds/infections and asthma
- Boosting immunity
A nutritionist can work with you to manage all types of common disorders and alignments and the signs and symptoms that present with it. With a holistic approach in mind, a nutritionist will consider all aspects of your life to help you find a way that works best for you long term.
During your consultation a food plan will be drafted along with other lifestyle tips to help you achieve optimal health and wellbeing without breaking the bank while also be achievable and sustainable.
Nutritionists and Dietitians have the same goal in mind with achieving optimal health long term through healthy food and lifestyle choices. Often the main difference between the two is the qualification that is held.
Nutritionists quite commonly hold an Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine or a Bachelor in Nutrition, however can also hold a Bachelor in Health or Science (specialising in Nutrition), where Dietitians must hold an accreditation in Dietetics.
Dietitians quite often are found in private practices or hospitals working alongside other medical personnel, where Nutritionists are often found in more holistic practices working with other alternative health care practitioners (i.e. Naturopaths, Chiropractors or Herbalists) or in a community setting.
Depending on how serious your medical condition is and how you are diagnosed will often depend if you see a Dietitian over a Nutritionist in the first instance.
You are eligible to claim the consultation cost back through your private health fund where ‘Nutrition’ is covered as an extra. It is best to contact your private health fund directly to find out. A special receipt will be provided at the end of the consultation with a health fund provider number so that you can make the claim.
The only time a consultation fee is not claimable under private health is if the consultation is conducted over the phone and not face-to-face.
Iridology is the practice of analysing and examining the colour and structure of the iris to assess the integrity of various body systems, including; the digestive system, major organs, connective tissues and bones, and the lymphatic system. Inherited tendencies and toxic accumulations can also be revealed.
The iris is so unique that there are no two the same just like fingerprints. The eyes have long been referred to as the ‘Windows of the Soul’ with past, present and potential future health conditions able to be assessed, therefore it can be a very effective screening tool to complement any nutrition consultation. A photo of the eye is taken using a special iridology camera.
Heavy metals can build up in our systems from everyday staples such as; food, water, cleaning products, personal hygiene products and cosmetics. All heavy metals can accumulate in the body and to some degree, affect the absorption of nutrients and impair detoxification pathways. Heavy metals also compromise every organ system in the body which can result in serious damage.
The basic heavy metal test is an assessment tool used to test for cadmium, lead, zinc, copper and mercury. This test requires a urine sample which is then added to a solution that will change colour. Depending on the results I will provide you with suggestions on how to detoxify your system if required as well as what foods/products should be reduced if toxicity is present.
If I am currently seeing a doctor for a previously diagnosed medical condition can I see a Nutritionist as well?
Yes you can see a Nutritionist while under the care of another health care practitioner. If you have a doctor that is supportive of you seeing a Nutritionist this can make it easier to achieve successful results in managing a previously diagnosed condition/s.
People present with many different symptoms, however the ones that I see the most of are gastrointestinal related i.e. bloating, constipation/diarrhoea, flatulence, indigestion and stomach cramps. Other common symptoms such as; feeling flat, low mood, exhausted, gaining a second wind of a night time, poor sleep or difficulty falling or staying asleep are also very common.
All of these common symptoms indicate an imbalance in the body and all are easily corrected with food and lifestyle modifications.
There are an extensive range of practitioner only products that can be recommended based on your nutritional concerns. These products are only comprised of high quality vitamins, minerals and herbs and are very effective in alleviating many common signs and symptoms.
There are natural products for many common pharmaceutical medications (i.e. anti-depressants, cholesterol lowering medication) that are very effective if you’re wishing to make the healthier choice. These products can cause contraindications with other medications and therefore it is important for you to disclose what pharmaceutical medications you are currently taking beforehand.
Nutrition consultations can be conducted in our Clinic, in your Home or over the Phone.
A food allergy is an allergic reaction to a particular food that is often caused by the protein in that food. Essentially our immune system identifies the protein as harmful and will do what it can to fight it.
An antibody known as IgE is created to neutralise the threat, however if the same food is eaten again the antibodies that were created previously may trigger other chemicals to be released such as histamine.
Histamine is often released in normal circumstances to support our immune systems but for some reason when released in conjunction with IgE antibodies it sets off an allergic reaction in people who are hypersensitive to particular food proteins. This is why you can eat a particular food one day but then the next time you consume it you have an allergic reaction.
Food allergy symptoms include; itching, hives, swelling of throat, eyes or tongue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, drop in blood pressure, dizziness, fainting and even cardiac arrest.
Common foods that are implicated in allergic reactions include; milk, eggs, fish, crustaceans, peanuts, soybeans, tree nuts, and wheat. Genetics do seem to play an important role in allergic reactions, however it is not uncommon for a child to grow out allergies.
A food intolerance is a reaction of the digestive system as opposed to the immune system and no antibodies are involved. In these cases a person may just be having trouble digesting food due to a lack of enzymes (i.e. lactose intolerance) or due to the chemicals in the food which impairs digestion.
An intolerance to a food can be immediate in that the first time you eat it you feel unwell or it could be determined by the quantity of the food consumed, whereas with allergic reactions the tiniest of amounts can result in a reaction. Lactose intolerance is a good example as often people can consume small amounts of dairy without experiencing any discomfort.
Food intolerance symptoms include; stomach pain, bloating, gas, cramps, headaches, skin rash, tiredness and the general feeling of malaise. Intolerances can be caused by many different foods, some of the main ones include; dairy, wheat, gluten, alcohol and yeast.
Body Toxicity and Mineral Test
This is a more extensive heavy metal test. This test uses a small hair sample that is sent away to a laboratory to measure your mineral and toxic element levels. This test is very accurate and often more accurate than a urine sample. A hair analysis is able to determine the stored levels of heavy metals in your system as opposed to a urine or blood sample that tests exposure to heavy metals which can fluctuate.
Common signs and symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include; behavioural changes, gastrointestinal disturbances, depression, irritability, hair loss, dry and scaly skin, skin problems, loss of appetite, migraines, allergies and hyperactivity. This test provides 2 levels:
- Level 1 (8 minerals and 4 toxic elements)
- Level 2 (16 minerals and 9 toxic elements)
Food Allergy/Inhalant Testing
The food intolerance test is a precise and accurate test using the ELISA method to identify any food and inhalant allergies. The body has a way of triggering an immune system response when it comes in contact with something that it does not like. This immune response triggers the release of antibodies, which puts strain on the body over a continued period of time and potentially cause more serious health concerns.
If you suffer from any of the following signs and symptoms you may have a food or inhalant allergy:
- Gastrointestinal (pain, nausea, cramping, vomiting, diarrhoea and inflammation)
- Respiratory (nasal congestion, sneezing, and difficulty breathing)
- Swelling of skin and mucous membranes
This test is completed by gathering blood samples from a few finger pricks. The test is then sent away to a laboratory for results and a comprehensive report will be sent back. Upon receipt of the report (usually 2-3 weeks after test is sent) we can discuss the best way to minimise exposure to any foods or inhalants that are triggering an immune system response and have you on the road to better health.
There are 2 options to choose from with this test:
- Option 1: The 96 General Foods tested (also a vegetarian option available)
- Option 2: 16 Common Inhalant Panel (grasses, indoor and moulds)