Modern knowledge on diet and nutrition is scientifically based and draws upon extensive research into individual nutrients. The scope for employing nutrition in the treatment of many health conditions is extremely wide.

While we talk in general terms about dietary recommendations, the personal constitution or specific make-up of any individual is paramount in assessing the action to be taken. As a result, an individually based set of recommendations is usually made for each person. This is often of crucial importance, because involving an individual in their own healing through dietary measures can give a sense of empowerment, which in itself is beneficial.

Nutrition is a vital part of the RLHIM’s approach to integrated health. The nutrition and dietetic service is run by a team including a consultant and registered dietitian and nutritionist who provide effective, evidence-based assessment and advice tailored to the individual’s nutritional needs. Up-to-date scientific research on food, health and disease is translated into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

People with a wide range of diet related concerns can be referred to the nutrition and dietetic service. Some of the more common conditions seen at the clinic include:

• Food allergy and intolerances
• Gastrointestinal problems for example Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Women’s health issues including PCOS, PMS and menopause advice
• Weight management
• Rheumotological and bone conditions with a dietary or nutritional element