What is Nutritional Medicine?
Nutritional medicine is a holistic approach to health aiming to treat the whole person rather than treating individual body parts or symptoms. Nutritional medicine takes into consideration the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of health as the body can be affected by both internal and external factors which ultimately influence our overall health and wellbeing.
The treatment approach of nutritional medicine is personalized to everyone as no two people are the same. All factors of a patient’s life are considered as there may be various aspects that could be contributing to the patients presenting symptoms or current health status. The focus of nutritional medicine is to allow the body to heal itself and identify the underlying cause that is contributing to the body’s imbalance. The treatment is focused on the Food as Medicine approach. Foods have been used for medicinal purposes for many years all around the world, as well as being used to prevent and treat a range of health conditions and diseases. Food and lifestyle advice, along with nutritional supplementation is also utilized to help enhance and improve the functioning of the body.