Sara Handford Nutrition
In 2016 I was diagnosed with Graves disease, an autoimmune condition that affects the thyroid gland and can cause all sorts of annoying symptoms such as anxiety and irritability, heat sensitivity, fatigue, tremors, sleep disturbance and weight loss.
Although the NHS were amazing at treating the symptoms of the condition, I was keen to know what I could do in tandem with medical intervention to proactively improve my general health. I researched contributing factors such as stress and diet – which led me to see a nutritional therapist. She helped me to implement nutrition and lifestyle changes which would gradually restore my body to a state of health.
That was the start of my journey to become a nutritional therapist and I have never looked back. After completing my training at the renowned Institute of Optimum Nutrition, London, I am now focused on inspiring women who – like me – are keen to get to the root cause of their health concerns.
Although I have a special interest in the beneficial effects of nutritional therapy on autoimmune conditions, I work with all kinds of health issues – from weight gain or weight loss, to lack of energy, hormonal imbalances, skin and joint problems, digestive and sleep disturbances.
Today, I feel happier, healthier and more physically and emotionally balanced than ever before. I look forward to helping to nourish and nurture you to feel the same way.
Nutritional Therapy centres on the evidence that nutrients and other food components affect how the body functions, protect against disease, aid healing and recovery, and contribute to overall health.
A nutritional therapist uses a wide variety of tools to assess nutritional imbalances that may be contributing to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. Lifestyle factors are taken into account, alongside dietary intake.
Nutritional therapy is patient-centred rather than disease-focused, which is why practitioners recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.
The British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT) recommends that you choose a registered nutritional therapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of nutritional therapy. BANT-member registered nutritional therapists are regulated by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).