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What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional therapy is a science-based complementary therapy which aims to maximise one’s health potential through personalised nutritional and lifestyle changes. Nutritional therapy takes a holistic approach, focusing on finding the root cause of health concerns, rather than merely treating the symptoms. It considers digestion, and blood sugar balance, hydration, detoxification and nutritional status of the person to be at the core of optimal health, and uses nutrition to address imbalances and to promote wellness. Health is not merely the absence of disease but a state of complete harmony between body, mind and spirit.

The main tool in nutritional therapy is the use of wholesome, unprocessed, foods that promote healing and proper functioning of cells and organs, as well as the therapeutic effects of particular nutrients for specific ailments. By aligning nutrition with individual health needs, nutritional therapy aims to promote wellness and vitality.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focusing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness - reached using skilled relaxation techniques - allows the therapist to then make appropriate suggestions.

Definition of hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep, and the individual is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the therapist's voice.  In this state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed.

The therapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the patient, the seeds of which become firmly planted.

The practice of promoting healing or positive development in any way is known as hypnotherapy.  As such, hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy.  Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls.   Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.


What form might the treatment take?

The technique does not involve an individual being put into a deep sleep, and you cannot be made to do anything you would not ordinarily do.   You would remain fully aware of your surroundings and situation, and are not vulnerable to every given command of the therapist.  The important thing is that you want to change some behavioural habit or addiction and are highly motivated to do so.  

You can learn the technique of self-hypnosis which can be practised at home which helps to further reinforce the sessions.

When might Hypnotherapy be useful for Health and Vitality?

When might hypnotherapy be useful?
Hypnotherapy is widely endorsed as a treatment for habit breaking, stress-related issues and for a range of long-term conditions, and in recent years has been gaining steam in the medical world after a recommendation from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recognised hypnotherapy as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

It is for this reason that I use it sometimes when I am working with a client for Weight Control, the Menopause, Sugar Cravings, Law of Attraction, Helping you to eat Nutritious food, and Reducing Your Alcohol intake. I am fully trained in other approaches and may hypnotherapy to help you with sleeping problems to help you relax and there is more research saying that stress is a cause for weight-gain.

Please call me for more information, thank you.

What is a Clarity Call?

We would book your free Clarity Call to discover how we would work together and what you are looking to achieve. This is very important time for you to feel for yourself if I am the right person for you to trust. This is also your opportunity to ask me any questions.

What happens after our Clarity Call?

I would email you an outline programme, the length of the programme, with the cost, and a payment is required to confirm your booking.

Before we start working together, you would receive some forms from me to complete by email. You shall conduct a Lifestyle and Nutrition questionnaire to relate to the type of condition you may be suffering from, and any nutritional, wellness and lifestyle goals you may be looking to achieve.

What is a lab test or functional testing and why do I need it?

Laboratory testing also known as Functional testing is an advancing area of laboratory testing which can help to identify gastrointestinal, nutritional and imbalances as well as food intolerances. In many cases test kits are delivered to you so that samples may be taken at home and can then be sent directly to the laboratory for analysis. The results obtained assist in assessing the factors which may be contributing to your symptoms.

You can either order the tests directly with the supplier and receive additional discounts.  You may be asked who is your practitioner and please enter my name if you are to book further sessions with me, Lauraine West.   This also entitles me to have access to the results for when we work together.

You can also order directly with my suppliers, claim your discount whether you choose to work with me or not.   My goal is that everybody understands their body and knows how to achieve the very best health and vitality for themselves.

Thank you.

Discounts can be found here 

What if I am already receiving treatment from my doctor?

It is important to acknowledge that a nutritional therapist will not treat or diagnose disease but aims to support the body’s own ability to heal with nutrition, and will, therefore, refer on to a medical professional if deemed necessary. Although nutritional therapy acknowledges that medications may be a necessary course of action, as a complementary therapy, it can have a role to play in supporting with side-effects as well as increasing efficacy and maximising the effect of mainstream treatments.

Your doctor would sent a letter stating that you are working with me to ensure there are no contra-indications with your health, however I appreciate you may have some questions and I would be delighted to hear from you to help guide you.

Thank you.

How do I take a Food Print Blood Test?

Finger prick blood Test –FoodPrint® 120 / 200 / Vegetarian / Vegan


Will this test tell me if I am suffering from a food allergy?

IgE antibodies are associated with true allergic reactions. This test is designed to detect food specific IgG antibodies related to Food Intolerance only.  Please liaise with a medical practitioner should you suspect you have an allergy.

Will this test tell me what is causing my symptoms?

If you are sensitive to one or more foods, the test will be positive. If you do not have any food sensitivity, the test will be reported as negative.   You would also be sent a free online food support booklet (please tick that you require this when you return your samples to the lab).

Please contact me should you wish to understand how to find alternative foods whether you have ordered the test via myself or independently. 

Do I have to collect the blood sample at a particular time of day?

No, samples can be collected at any time of day.

It is important that they are posted to the laboratory as soon as possible.

How long will the sample remain stable in the post?

The IgG antibodies in the sample are stable for up to three weeks but samples normally only take 1-2 days to reach the lab.

Could I be reacting to chemical additives in the food rather than the food itself?

Additives are small molecules which usually do not cause an immune response. However, some chemicals can produce intolerance symptoms without involving the immune system. They are best avoided if you suspect them.

How difficult is it to obtain the blood sample?

FoodPrint® requires only a small amount of blood, which is easily obtained from a finger prick. CNS will supply you with a self-contained sample collection kit and simple-to-follow instructions.

Do I need to consult a nutritionist before taking a IgG antibody test?

No, but it is strongly advised that significant changes to the diet should only be made after consultation with a qualified nutritionist.

Will I have to eliminate the positive foods for the rest of my life?

No. Once you have removed these foods from your diet for about 2-3 months, you should notice an improvement in your symptoms. You will then usually be able to gradually re-introduce those foods back into your diet by following the instructions in the Food Support leaflet or under the guidance of a practitioner.

I have avoided eating a food that I believe I am intolerant to. Will the test be able to confirm my intolerance?

If you haven't eaten a food that you are intolerant to for more than 3 months, sufficient IgG antibodies may not be present for us to detect, in which case a negative result will be reported for that food.

Is gluten intolerance the same as wheat intolerance?

No, gluten is a protein present in wheat, rye and barley. For some people it causes changes in the intestinal villi resulting in CD, which can be very harmful. Non-coeliac wheat intolerant patients may be reacting to other wheat proteins.

Gluten free does not necessarily mean wheat free and it is important that you check all food ingredient labels.

Is Baker's Yeast the same as Candida?

No, they are quite different and unrelated organisms and CNS offers a separate test for Candida. Antibodies to Baker's Yeast, however, are associated with Crohn's disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. If you suffer from bowel pain and have a strong reaction to Baker's Yeast then you should seek advice from your GP.

If I react to cow's milk, what should I do about other dairy products?

Antibodies to cow's milk are found in about 40% of patients. If you are positive for cow's milk, avoid all milk products i.e. yogurt, cheese, cream, etc.

Please also speak with me if you are unsure as milk products can be found in many, many foods.

I am vegan, and my partner is highly intolerance to lactose (which is found in milk) and we have found many methods of enjoying fabulous meals without the use of cow's milk, cheese or yoghurt.

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