We’re delighted to announce that nutritional therapy appointments are now available in our clinic. Rachel Bell Nutrition offers a naturopathic and holistic approach to nutrition to help you achieve optimum health and wellbeing.
Rachel is a nutritional therapist registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). She is also a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT).
Rachel says she feels blessed to live near the sea on the Scottish coast in Fife with her husband, young daughter and two spoiled cats. “I have always felt drawn to nature and to natural medicines. That’s why, in my earlier career, I undertook a master’s in environmental studies. This introduced me to concepts of how our philosophies and belief systems influence our relationship with the natural world and the food that we eat.
“It was while volunteering in indigenous communities in the Andes and rainforest that I observed how intricately beliefs, health and the natural world are connected. I also saw how robust physical, emotional and spiritual health comes from wholism in our lives. It comes from the foods that we eat, the medicines that we use and the way we live day to day.
“I’ve now spent the past two decades working closely with natural products and dietary supplements. I’ve also delivered sales and training for some of the leading natural product manufacturers in the UK.
“It’s through this supportive role in independent health food shops and pharmacies that I readily saw the benefits that nutritional supplements deliver in an over-the-counter situation. But I could also see the potential limitations. Sometimes people need more in-depth support to regain wellbeing.
“This insight inspired me to further my naturopathic studies. My aim was to offer a nutritional consultancy and return to the principles of wholism I embraced in my earlier career. This holistic approach could help people embrace a positive relationship with their food, their environment and their lifestyle as well as working with targeted supplements.”
How Rachel Works
Rachel works one-to-one with clients, considering presenting symptoms and assessing potential imbalances in the systems of the body. After a detailed assessment, she then formulates an evidence-based, personalised nutritional plan. This includes realistic and enjoyable dietary changes and supplementation if indicated. She supports positive changes to achieve optimal health for the client and offers support with menu plans, sharing recipes and even helping to create a shopping list.
Addressing the food on the plate is only the beginning of this process. Together, Rachel and her clients look at how both body and mind respond to foods, habits and environmental influences. She supports clients in adapting to challenges and changing circumstances through follow up appointments. She also encourages them to nurture themselves with awareness and compassion.
It’s not just about what you eat, it is also about how you eat. The aim of treatment is to feel well, be well and stay well.
Nutritional therapists use a range of tools to assess a person’s health status. Rachel says: “We consider the foods you eat, the lifestyle habits and practices you adopt and what your exposure and environment present individually in terms of challenges to your overall health.”
Therapists sometimes get additional information through functional testing, epigenetic screening or hair mineral analysis. These additional tests can often provide greater insight into why certain problems have arisen and can pinpoint what protocols may benefit.
Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is different from consulting a dietician. Nutritional therapists work holistically. That means they take an interest in how you experience your health and how you feel and function, rather than simply giving you a diet for a specific condition. Because it works dynamically and holistically, this therapy may be of benefit to people suffering from chronic conditions as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
The consultation itself involves answering detailed questions about current health concerns, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, medical history, family history, lifestyle, levels of physical activity, use of medication and supplements and diet.
This allows the therapist to form a personalised nutritional programme that draws on an extensive evidence base for nutritional science. What this means is that you have a safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme based on your own unique needs and targets.
Disclaimer: Nutritional therapy is not a replacement for medical advice and your therapist will refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical practitioner. Naturopathic nutritional practitioners are not permitted to diagnose or claim to treat medical conditions, rather a nutritional therapy programme is intended to support optimal health.