The break down of a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner might seem like it’s three careers wrapped into one. The acronym NTP isn’t as recognized as an MD, RN or LAc because the schooling is comparatively new. The Nutritional Therapy Association is approaching its 12 year anniversary. Founded on the need for functional medicine on the emphasis on food, NTPs are unique in many ways.
We don’t treat, diagnosis or treat diseases. What we do is look at the body as a whole. How many specialists have you been to that refer you out to someone else? There are specialists for just about any body part. The endless battle of appointment after appointment seem to only lead you to yet, another appointment. Don’t get me wrong, technology mixed with modern medicine is amazing. However the treatment of chronic disease and prevention is slacking so much that the numbers predict this country will be bankrupt by 2035. Neither the politicians or the media point out the real reason healthcare is doomed in this country.
Enter a grassroots movement of functional nutritionists. As Hippocrates said it, “Thy Food Is Thy Medicine,” couldn’t be any closer to hitting the nail on the head. Everything we intake in our mouth or skin is either nourishing or damaging. Chronic disease doesn’t just stem out of no where. There is a genetic component, but know that genes load the gun and environmental choices pull the trigger.
Nutritional Therapists take a different approach on healthcare. Stemming from the belief that a properly prepared nutrient dense diet is the foundation to health with five branches off shooting to complete the whole picture; digestion, blood sugar balance, fatty acids, minerals and hydration. This is like a tripod, to remove one or have one out of balance throws the whole body off.
NTPs are trained to do a proper analysis, a complete intake on our clients to help them achieve their goals. When is the last time a doctor spent more than 15 minutes reviewing your entire medical history? And 15 minutes is a generous amount of time. NTPs are known to review the intake form in 90-120 minutes. And that is just the first appointment. An entire health history paints a picture of the bioindividual for who they are. Your painting is unique to you and NTPs create a plan based specifically for your needs to progress forward.
We don’t count calories. That doesn’t provide real nutrition. We don’t sell you an MLM product that promises abs in 10 days. We certainly don’t advocate diets in the sense that you could never eat your favorite food again. What we do is provide you the tools, recommendations, food choices and plans to start your journey. This is your path and we are here to support you moving in the direction that will meet your goals. How do we eat in a way that doesn’t break us metabolically? I will show you how to eat within the parameters that keep you healthy.
Expect to dig deep, answer questions that you don’t think are relevant, talk about poop (this is more important than you think), and start being in tune with your body. The AH-HA moments I see happen time and time again are one of my favorite occasions that happen in my office. I love connecting people with their bodies, because this empowers them to take away priceless tools.
Chronic disease is not only destroying our quality of life, but it is also shortening our lifespans and recently, our children’s as well. Weather you are battling an autoimmune condition, diabetes, gut issues, skin issues or make tweaks in your diet, an NTP has more resources in our tool belts than you will know what to do with. NTPs don’t treat disease. We balance the body’s chemistry to bring it back into balance.