WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
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Sian Baker is a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist and graduated with a distinction from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London, a world leader in the field of Nutritional Therapy. She is a full member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy and is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.
Sian worked in the health and fitness industry for 10 years prior to training to become a Nutritional Therapist. She worked for a leading fitness equipment supplier as a trainer/educator and in recent years set up and managed a gym in the South of France.
Her motivations to study nutrition were borne out of a long-standing interest in the power of food. She experienced the health benefits from dietary change for herself around 12 years ago. Getting the right nutrition has also been important in her sporting endeavours, road cycling, running and triathlon.
Sian has recently had her first child. Experiencing the combination of motherhood, running a business and studying, mean Sian understands how normal life can be challenging.
Nutritional Therapists are trained to use food to modify health and support homeostasis. Equally they recognise that although a balanced diet should meet the needs of an individual, in certain circumstances there are distinct benefits to food supplementation and they are recommended. This should always be in conjunction with a healthy, well-balanced diet and a specific lifestyle programme, and not instead of.
Of particular importance in nutritional therapy is the recognition of ‘biochemical individuality’. This means that our genes, upbringing, environment, diet and lifestyle make each of us unique. A Nutritional Therapist therefore looks to understand the person as an individual, including their lifestyle, responsibilities, stressors, family medical history, current health, food and activity habits, as well as their aspirations and goals.
The most recent research is showing that the value of food reaches beyond caloric or macronutrient (carbohydrate, protein and fat) quantity and quality. And once again individuality is essential, therefore in working towards optimal health and function a qualified Nutritional Therapist will help you make the best food choices for your individual needs.