Nutritional Therapy Southend-on-Sea & Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

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Nutritional Therapy

We offer nutritional therapy in Southend for wide range of clients at The Body Matters. Nutritional therapy is available from our clinic based in Leigh-on-Sea.


About Nutritional Therapy

Good nutrition is an essential requirement for health as every process in the body depends on nutrients which are obtained from our diets. Nutritional therapists recognize that we each have unique nutritional requirements depending upon a number of factors, from inherited strengths and weaknesses to the influence of our diet, lifestyle and environment.

People often just think of nutrition in terms of calories supplied by food, fuel we need so we do not starve. If that was all, where those calories came from exactly did not matter so much. However, every single process in our body depends on nutrients we can only obtain from food. Without protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and the abundance of plant nutrients available from food, we cannot thrive in the long term, and end up tired, exhausted, and sick. So, getting your nutrition right does matter. Whether you suffer from a diagnosed chronic condition, are recovering from injury or surgery, experience PMS, are trying for a baby or approaching menopause:  You may want to try nutritional therapy. This complementary therapy uses not just food and supplements, but also lifestyle adjustment to return your body to a state of health.


Nutritional Therapy Sessions at The Body Matters

You will be involved in your treatment from the start and the dietary recommendations will be tailored to suit your lifestyle and at a pace that you feel comfortable with. To help you to make changes to your diet you will be provided with practical information such as meal suggestions, recipes, ideas for using and cooking with different foods and shopping tips.

Before booking an appointment, we would send you a nutritional therapy questionnaire (NTQ), with questions about your health, medical history, medication or supplements you might be taking, symptoms, stress exposure, digestion etc. It also asks for a three-day food diary. As soon as we have received the completed questionnaire from you, we will call you to make an appointment. 

The initial consultation takes 60 - 90 minutes, during which we will discuss your reasons to see a nutritional therapist. Your nutritionist will take a thorough medical history and may ask further questions before explaining a possible course of action. Your diet and lifestyle programme will be discussed and agreed upon, and then tailored to your own individual needs. Functional tests (see a list of possible tests below) and/or supplements may be recommended. Please note that tests and supplements are not part of the consultation fee and will be charged at an extra cost.  

Follow-up consultations are 30 to 45 minutes long. We will discuss your progress so far, then agree on the next step. We recommend a course of nutritional therapy of at least three sessions.  

Typically, there are four to six weeks between appointments. However, you will not be left to your own devices for such long periods of time. Making changes to our diet and lifestyle can be hard and often there are obstacles to overcome. Coaching by phone helps you stay on track and provides an opportunity to ask questions or discuss any issues between appointments.  


Health & Nutrition Coaching

If you feel that your energy is not what it used to be, are trying to lose weight or are just keen to improve your diet, Health & Nutrition Coaching might be the best route for you. You will still benefit from your therapists expertise in nutrition, but functional tests and nutritional supplements will not be used. Before the first session, you should keep a three-day food diary. Ask us for the food diary form.  

The first session will take 45 minutes to one hour and will be held in person. In this session, the dietician will determine your long-term goals, discuss your current diet, and explain basic nutritional information to get you started. Lastly, we will agree on a short-term goal until our next conversation. From then on, weekly or bi-weekly coaching calls will serve to keep you on track, help you with questions and agree your next goal. You determine, how long you would like to take advantage of coaching support, but we recommend a minimum of three calls to see the benefits of coaching.  


Nutrion & Diet Analysis

Tanita Body Composition Analysis

Seen on BBC1’s “Doctor in the House”

The body is composed of three major elements: water, lean body mass (ie muscle, organs, bones) and body fat (or adipose tissue). The proportion of lean body mass and fat matters more than total weight. Knowing your body composition helps create the right plan of action for you. Follow-ups will show whether you are on the right track. 

Nutritics Food Diary Analysis

Would you like to know how many calories you consume on an average day? Are you keen to know whether you are getting all the nutrients you need from your diet? Or do you sometimes wonder whether your diet may be providing too much sodium or saturated fats? Nutritics Analysis, carried out using professional diet analysis software, will answer those questions for you. Bear in mind: The more accurate the food diary you provide (including brand names, portion sizes etc.), the more accurate the analysis is going to be. 

Diet MOT

Would you like to improve your diet, but don’t know where to start? Have you recently gone vegetarian or vegan and aren’t sure whether you are getting everything you need? Would you like to discuss your diet with a nutritional therapist to make sure that it provides the energy and nutrients your body needs? Then the Diet MOT is for you. A Nutritics 1-day Food Diary Analysis (see above) is part of every Diet MOT. 


Diagnostic Tests Available

At The Body Matters our Nutritional Therapist is qualified in dietetics and trained to recommend, and can arrange a variety of diagnostic tests* through private laboratories to assess your health. We believe that these methods are the most accurate way of assessing your health. 

These tests may include:

  • Food sensitivity and allergy testing
  • Stool analysis to reveal digestive insufficiencies, measure gut flora, detect undesirable micro-organisms, such as bacteria, parasites and yeasts. 
  • Small-intestinal bacterial overgrowth test
  • Adrenal stress index test
  • Hormone tests
  • Cardio-vascular risk assessment test 
  • Vitamin D test
  • Mineral and toxic metal analysis
  • Gut health profile 
  • Parasite testing
  • Coeliac test 
  • Food allergy (IgG) 
  • Nutritional analysis (all deficiencies and toxicities)
  • Full nutritional deficiencies and toxicities test with 90 food allergy test 
  • Fatty acids profile 
  • Women's health profile 
  • Fat soluble vitamin profile (A,E,D,K, CoQ10, B-Carotene) 
  • Vitamin B12 & folate 
  • Vitamin D 
  • Chronic fatigue screen 
  • Metabolic syndrome profile 
  • Heart health risk assessment MET10 
  • Osteoporosis risk assessment 
  • Complete hormonal health 
  • Male hormone health 
  • Total thyroid screen 

More tests are available and requirements will be discussed on an individual basis.

* The cost of the tests are not included in the consultation fee.

Make an enquiry

Call 01702 714968 for more information about nutritional therapy in Southend.

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We are open weekdays and Saturdays, with commuter friendly early morning and evening appointments available on request.

To book an appointment phone 01702 714968 or click here to email