A powerful combination of Nutritional Therapy and Clinical Psycho-neuro-immunology

Fleur Borrelli Nutritionist Putney

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional therapy is a science-based, individual-centred approach to healthcare that employs assessment and intervention using nutritional, lifestyle-based and related health sciences in order to assist you to optimise your physiological function.

Wellbeing and good health are a consequence of re-establishing balance in the body. It is our ability to adapt to different situations that make us so powerful but we may not always be capable of bringing the body back into balance.  Addressing any underlying imbalances is the key focus of nutritional therapy, which in turn recognises that diet and lifestyle are among the factors that most profoundly influence it.

If you have a diagnosed medical condition but would like to optimise your overall health by introducing nutrition and dietary changes into your daily life, we recommend you inform your GP or/and Consultant that you are planning to work with a Nutritional Therapist.

What is a Clinical Psycho-neuro-immunology approach?

It is based on the latest developments in the fields of psychology, neurology, endocrinology, immunology, evolutionary biology and epigenetics –  underpinned by Nutritional Medicine.  It deals with the past environment that is linked to the emotion and the behaviour behind a problem, all in one package.
The emotional part of your brain is linked up to your immune system through your nervous system and hormonal system. This is one way in which health problems can develop, through the activation of the emotional brain in response to trauma or stressful events.  The response of the immune system is to produce inflammation because it treats the constant production of stress hormones as if there was a pathogen like a bacteria or virus.

Old stress such as hunger or cold or running from a predator is something the body recognizes and our ability to adapt to this is what gives us good health.  However, we are not exposed to old stress anymore and we have not evolved long enough to deal with modern stress which goes on for a longer time. If it goes on for too long then another part of the immune system can become overactive and diseases e.g. autoimmune disease or even adult onset allergies/intolerances, chronic fatigue or depression for example, can develop.

What you may receive from a psych-neuro-immunological approach is recommendations on:

  • Food as medicine i.e. nutritional therapy
  • Supplements aimed at a therapeutic result e.g. to reduce inflammation
  • Techniques to help solve psychological or social problems
  • Exercise recommendations
  • A deeper understanding of how your immune system is functioning and what you can do to restore health