Nutritional therapy

Nutritional therapy is a form of therapy where, based on information from the patient, analyses and biochemical tests, advice is given on how to change the diet, as well as which dietary supplements may be sensible in the given situation.

Nutritional therapy is based on the premise that illness is often an imbalance, which can be caused by stress, an unhealthy diet, lack of nutrients, an unfavorable environment and/or a stressful lifestyle. By making changes, it is possible to correct imbalances and enable the body to reverse the disease processes of many chronic diseases. The basis of nutritional therapy is that a proper diet and a sensible lifestyle can help prevent disease and contribute to good physical and mental health throughout life.

Nutritional therapy may be appropriate if you recognize any of the following:

-Digestive problems
-Intolerances and allergies
-Skin problems
-Sleep problems
-Hormonal imbalances
-Obesity and weight loss
-Low energy / fatigue
-Reduced immune system
-Frequent infections

Nutritional therapy can be combined with other treatments offered at the clinic, especially if the symptoms are complex.

Course of treatment

A course of treatment starts with an initial consultation lasting up to 90 minutes. Prior to the consultation, the patient is asked to complete an intake form. During the initial consultation, the therapist will conduct a thorough review of the intake form and history, as well as map the current diet and lifestyle to form a comprehensive overview.

Based on the assessment and symptom picture, the therapist will be able to make recommendations on the way forward. In some cases, it will also be necessary to use other tools, such as biochemical tests. Biochemical tests can provide concrete answers to the underlying causes, and give both therapist and patient a comprehensive picture that makes the course of treatment more effective and targeted. It can also help to provide each patient with an individually tailored treatment plan.

Biochemical tests can help to uncover a number of underlying causes. Some examples include the following;

  • Dysbiosis: An imbalance in the gut flora. The imbalance can be caused by many factors, such as infections, diet and antibiotic use, to name a few.
  • SIBO: Overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, which is the main cause or contributing factor in 50-80% of all IBS cases, and can cause many different symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, nausea, unwanted weight loss, etc.
  • Increased intestinal permeability / Leaky gut: With increased intestinal permeability, the mucous membranes in the intestine are damaged and larger openings between the intestinal cells than normal occur. This allows bacteria, viruses and undigested proteins from food to penetrate the intestinal wall and cause an immune reaction. An important symptom that can indicate increased intestinal permeability is an immune reaction to foods (food intolerances). Increased intestinal permeability can also manifest itself in other ways such as; indigestion, headaches, muscle and joint pain, skin problems and fatigue.

All biochemical tests offered at the clinic are carried out in the patient's own home, and detailed instructions are included with each test. Once the results are available, the patient receives a thorough review of any findings and this is used to develop a tailored treatment protocol to be followed for a specific period of time.

A course of treatment varies from person to person, and is individually adapted based on the patient's starting point, capacity, symptoms and goals.