Nutritional Therapy

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Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Lana's approach is patient-centred and evidence-based; Working one-to-one, Lana recognises that each patient is biochemically unique with differing health goals and specific requirements. Health is looked at as a whole, taking environment and genetics into consideration as well as the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Patients receive tailor-made nutritional and lifestyle plans based on comprehensive case taking, dietary assessment, laboratory testing and on-going nutritional management.

Lana also offers food & menu consultancy, educational talks and articles for various online and offline publications. To enquire please say hello@lifespacehealing.com or to find out more about Nutritional Therapy and how it can help you, please see below.

Lana offers one-to-one consultations online via Skype/FaceTime or phone call otherwise can see patients at her practice in London:

Treatment prices are as follows:

Initial Consultation 45 minutes: £120

Follow Up Consultation 30 minutes: £90 

 

Additional to a consultation:

Reading Blood Tests (Blood Count Only): £30

 

FAQs

1. What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.

 

Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.

 

2. What Should I expect during a consultation?

Upon booking the first consultation, you will be sent a food diary and health questionnaire including questions on the main symptoms you would like to work on. After this questionnaire has been sent back a scheduled Skype consultation will take place. The consultation will then typically last up to 45 minutes, and in this time I will ask detailed questions about your current health concerns, symptoms, medical history, family history, lifestyle, use of medication, supplements and diet. I will then go on to evaluate your individual needs and use the extensive evidence base for nutritional science to develop a personalised, safe and effective nutrition, supplemental and lifestyle programme. Follow up consultations are generally four weeks after the initial consultation in order to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments. Follow up appointments typically last up to 30 minutes. Further follow-ups may be required or desired depending on each individual situation. To book or enquire please get in touch: hello@lifespacehealing.com

 

3. Who can benefit from Nutritional Therapy?

Men and women of all ages can benefit. Health conditions that can be helped include:   

 

  • Allergies and food intolerances

  • Yeast, thrush, parasitic infections

  • Skin troubles, Acne, Psoriasis, eczema

  • Food cravings, fluctuating / low energy 

  • Being tired all the time

  • Recurrent infections

  • Osteoporosis (prevention and treatment) 

  • Autoimmune conditions & digestive disorders

  • PMS, menstrual problems, menopause  

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Sleep difficulties, mood swings

  • Arthritic conditions 

  • Abnormal cholesterol & lipid levels

  • High blood pressure

  • Weight issues

 

4. Can Nutritional Therapy help babies and children?

Babies and children of all ages can benefit greatly from Nutritional Therapy. Some conditions that can be helped include:

 

  • Allergies

  • Asthma

  • Eczema

  • Colic

  • Digestion problems (diarrhoea, constipation) 

  • Weight gain/Weight loss

  • Irritability

  • Mood swing

  • Hyperactivity

  • Childhood development/ behaviour disorders

  • Low energy

  • Sleep problems 

  • Infections and recurring infections.

 

5. What is the best balanced diet?

Although focusing on whole, natural and organic foods has its major benefits, there is no one way that suits all. Nutritional Therapy is based on working around the individuals biochemical and unique needs taking into consideration the persons lifestyle, genetics and environment. 

 

6. Will I ever be able to eat 'normally' again?

Elimination diets are necessary to give the body its chance to heal and detect food intolerances and allergies. Once the body has healed it is then possible to enjoy your favourite foods again every so often however once you feel the benefits, you probably won't want to!

 

7. Why do I react to a certain food even more after eliminating it from my diet and then eating it again?

When we have been eating certain foods for so long our bodies adapt, however certain foods cause these symptoms to become chronic - symptoms that have built up over time such as low energy, tiredness, digestive disorders etc. Removing the food and adding it back into your diet is the best way to tell just how much stress this food was causing your body. The bigger the reaction the greater the intolerance or allergy.

 

8. Why do we develop these intolerances and reactions to foods?

Whilst our environment and other aspects of our being plus genetics all play a role, a lot of our health stems from our gut. Allergies and intolerances are usually a reaction of our immune system being over stimulated. The reason for this happening is usually linked to intestinal permeability that allows food particles to cross our gut barrier into our blood stream triggering an immune response, overstimulating our immune system. Treating the cause of food intolerances and allergies would be to treat the gut.

 

9. How long will it be before I start to notice any differences?

The body has an incredible capacity to heal itself. The time it takes for one person to heal may be very different to the next however, great benefits can be felt as early as three days or two weeks. 

 

10. What areas do you specialise in?

Although I treat a wide range of conditions, my specialties lie in:

 

  • Digestive wellness

  • Food allergies & intolerance

  • Hormone Imbalances & Acne

  • AutoImmune Disease & Diabetes

  • Healthy cooking / meal planning

  • Diet and Detoxification

  • Elimination diets

 

What Is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.

The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.

Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.

There’s a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.

Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.

 

How is functional medicine different?

 

Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:

Patient-centred care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centred care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs.

An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.

Integrating best medical practices. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.

 

The Core Principles of Functional Medicine

 

Functional medicine has long been guided by six core principles:

 

  • An understanding of the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness;

  • Awareness of the evidence that supports a patient-centred rather than a disease centred approach to treatment;

  • Search for a dynamic balance among the internal and external body, mind, and spirit;

  • Familiarity with the web-like interconnections of internal physiological factors;

  • Identification of health as a positive vitality not merely the absence of disease emphasizing those factors that encourage the enhancement of a vigorous physiology;

  • Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance the health span, not just the life span, of each patient.

 

A patient-centred approach refers to health care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and that ensures that patient values guide all clinical decisions. Patient-centred care is at the centre of what we call the therapeutic

partnership, the relationship that forms between a patient and clinician that empowers the patient to take ownership of their own healing. The power of the therapeutic partnership comes from the idea that patients who are active participants in the development of their therapeutic plan feel more in control of their own well-being and are more likely to make sustained lifestyle changes to improve their health.