Updated: Oct 31, 2019
Reflexology is just one step in the right direction to wellness but have you thought about what you’re eating and why?
As a reflexologist, I treat the body as a whole and I often talk to my clients about their lifestyle – in particular, diet and lifestyle. The basis of reflexology is getting to the root of the problem. Everything you choose to put into your body affects its functioning. Often, I will refer clients to nutritional therapists. But what does their job involve and how can they help you on the path to wellness?
This month, I chatted with Stephanie Goold, a nutritional therapist from Sunshine Nutrition in Central London.
Tell us, what is nutritional therapy? Nutritional therapy treats the body as a whole using a science-based approach to seek the root cause of health problems, rather than simply treating the symptoms of ill health. Various tools are used to identify potential nutritional imbalances, which can be contributing to an individual’s health concerns. Working on the basis that we are all biochemically unique, individual diet and lifestyle plans can be implemented to balance, support and assist the body in being the healthiest it can be.
How did you get into nutrition? I’m a foodie with a life-long fascination with food, its amazing properties and how they can truly affect our health and wellbeing. My previous background was working in the financial services industry in the City of London for a number of years, before deciding to change career completely and realise my dream of becoming a nutritional therapist. I retrained with the acclaimed Institute for Optimum Nutrition completing the four-year professional-level diploma in Nutritional Therapy.
What is the most common health ‘issue’ you see in your clinic? Digestive issues are things that I commonly see in the clinic. Often clients have been suffering from poor digestion and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms for many years before seeking help from a nutritional therapist. Optimal digestion is at the centre of whole-body health, so it’s important that clients are able to digest, absorb and utilise the nutrients they are consuming.
What’s a fast and easy win to getting our health on track?
We are what we eat! The chemical constituents contained in our food essentially become part of our cells, tissues, and organs. They even have the ability to change our DNA. We can all improve our health by eating more vegetables. Aim to eat at least five portions of vegetables and one or two fruit per day. They contain vital vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre that are essential to all chemical processes within our body, protecting us from disease and ensuring overall optimal health and energy levels to keep us feeling great!
Stephanie Goold runs her Sunshine Nutrition clinic in central London and is also a nutritional therapist at Third Space luxury health clubs (in Canary Wharf, City and Tower Bridge).