DipION mBANT CNHC Reg.
I developed a passion for including foods in my family’s diet which not only tasted good but were also nourishing. I became fascinated by the benefits of particular foods and food types and wanted to learn more so that I could offer the same support to others that had been so helpful for me. This led to me embarking on a three-year degree level course in Nutritional Therapy at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition, the first UK institution to combine Functional Medicine with an integrative approach to health care.
Recognising that the food we eat has a huge influence on the function of our bodies, our disease risk and our capacity to heal ourselves, I aim to work on a food first principle. However, I often recommend supplements as feel these can be beneficial alongside dietary changes, for example, where a person has a greater need for certain nutrients or has digestive issues which are compromising nutrient absorption. I sometimes refer clients to their GP for blood tests or to private laboratories for functional testing to help identify specific nutrient needs/deficiencies and imbalances. Appropriate testing will help to make an intervention more targeted, but it is of course optional and not always required.
Whilst nutritional therapy sometimes resolves issues that conventional medicine hasn’t been able to, it is a complementary therapy, often working well alongside conventional treatment and medications, and where appropriate I work alongside GP’s and specialists.
Jo Santini DipION mBANT CNHC Reg.
I am fully insured and registered with the British Association of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT), the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists, and also with CNHC, the only register recognised by the Department of Health, which provides assurance that I meet UK-wide standards of patient safety and service quality.
ABOUT NUTRITIONAL THERAPY
A healthy outside starts from a healthy inside – Robert Urich
Nutritional therapy can be seen as Functional Medicine in practice and is the application of nutrition science and evidence based research in the promotion of health. It considers all body systems and how they function, not in isolation, but as a whole. All systems are linked, and imbalances in one system will both affect and be affected by the function of other systems. Recognising that we are all individuals with our own biochemical and genetic make-up, nutritional therapy addresses a person’s diet within this context while also considering factors such as age, gender, lifestyle and current and past medical history. As a result, it provides personalised recommendations and interventions to address imbalances and help support the body to return to a balanced state. A particular food or way of eating may be healthy for one person but trigger unpleasant symptoms in another.
You may have recently received a medical diagnosis or have chronic health issues you would like help with or maybe you want to support your immune system and optimise your health to avoid future illness. Whichever the case, nutritional therapy can help.