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1. Why do this assessment?:

  1. Isn't it just better to pay more money and see a nutritional therapist personally?
  2. Won’t this information conflict with other advice I have been given?
  3. Here’s a lot of confusing health info in the press, how can I trust that the advice here is credible?
  4. How can you advise the best way to support my health when you haven’t spoken to me personally?
  5. How can supporting Body Systems affect my overall health and symptoms?
  6. How do you know which nutrients are best for me to supplement if I haven’t given you a food diary?

2. How the assessment works:

  1. Will addressing the priority allow the dietary programme and nutrient recommendations to address my health problems or symptoms?
  2. Can I just take the supplements from my nutrient recommendations to improve my health?
  3. Can I just make changes to my diet and lifestyle and not take supplements?
  4. Why do you recommend taking supplements when you tell us the foods that contain these nutrients anyway?
  5. Why do we choose the Body Systems to focus on and not you?
  6. Why are the nutrient recommendations only decided from the profile, diet and lifestyle questions, not the answers to my health conditions?

3. Picking just one priority at a time:

  1. Why am I only able to pick one priority at a time and if I pick just one priority, how will this help my other symptoms?
  2. If I choose one priority to address would this conflict with my other health priorities if they are more serious/frequent?
  3. If I want to address more than one priority how would this work?  Would this mean I have to repeat the assessment each time to address each priority?
  4. If I repeat the assessment with a new priority, will I undo the work I have done on the original one?

4. How to use the report:

  1. There is a lot of info here, where do I start?
  2. Do I need to read the whole report to make changes?
  3. What do the three stages in the Main Report mean?
  4. Can other members of my family or household follow the same dietary changes as me?
  5. Will it make much difference if I only make a few changes?

5. Repeating the assessment:

  1. How often should I repeat the assessment?
  2. I think there is enough here to be getting on with for a long time, do I need to repeat the assessment?
  3. If I repeat the assessment with a new priority, will I undo the work I have done on the original one?
  4. If I choose the Body Systems myself, how will this change the outcome?

6. How to use the nutrient recommendations to buy supplements:

  1. It seems really complicated, how do I use the nutrient recommendations to buy supplements?
  2. How will I know that I am not taking too much of a particular nutrient?
  3. Can I take several supplements that contain the same nutrient?
  4. Can I take new nutrient recommendations alongside current ones?
  5. Why don’t you just tell me which supplements to buy?
  6. How do I know the shops you recommend provide good quality supplements?

7. Relating to diagnosed conditions:

NB: We advise that if you have any diagnosed condition or are on any medication, you check any dietary changes and supplement recommendations with your doctor or health professional, but especially with the person who prescribed the medications.

  1. Can I take these nutrient recommendations if I am ill or have a diagnosed condition i.e. diabetes, asthma or epilepsy?
  2. Will my doctor or health professional understand the relevance of the recommendations?
  3. Would this dietary programme/report consider the allergies or intolerances I suffer from?

8. Relating to medications:

NB: We advise that if you have any diagnosed condition or are on any medication, that you check any dietary changes and supplements with your doctor or health professional, especially the person who prescribed medications.

  1. If I am on medication can I still follow the nutrient recommendations?

9. How current nutritional and lifestyle programmes may be affected:

  1. What if I am already taking nutritional supplements? Would this program still apply or would I have to discard my existing supplement program?
  2. Can I take these nutrient recommendations if I am currently working with a nutritional therapist?
  3. Can I take these nutrient recommendations if I know which foods make me feel better or worse? 
  4. Can I take these nutrient recommendations if I am have been following a specific diet for my biotype? 

10. On-line Limitations:

  1. Would this dietary program/report consider the allergies or intolerances I suffer from?
  2. If I want to address more than one priority how would this work?  Would this mean I have to repeat the assessment each time to address each priority?
  3. Will the dietary report take into consideration that I am a vegan or vegetarian?
  4. What if I don’t think the advice is relevant to me?
  5. What if I want more advice or information about my conditions?

11. Conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding:

NB: We advise that if you have been trying to conceive, are pregnant or breastfeeding (or are on any medication), that you check any dietary changes and supplements with your doctor or other health professional and especially with the person who prescribed the medication(s). The assessment will take into consideration the fact that you are pregnant or breastfeeding, but will not apply to any medical conditions.

  1. What if I am trying to conceive then would I need to consult my GP before I take this dietary/nutrient advice?
  2. Would the nutrient recommendations apply if I am already taking supplements to help me conceive?
  3. Would the nutrient recommendations apply if I am already taking supplements for pregnancy or breastfeeding?

12. Making changes if using cigarettes, alcohol or drugs:

  1. If I am an alcoholic will this dietary program/advice work?
  2. If I am a heavy smoker wont the toxins from the smoke depleat most the nutrients any way?
  3. Would the dietary advice and nutrient recommendations help if I am a heavy smoker?
  4. If I am a drug user would this advice still apply/work?

1. Why do this assessment?:

Isn't it just better to pay more money and see a nutritional therapist personally?

Ideally yes, but we can offer you a starting point for change, a low cost way of looking at all aspects of your health and a wealth of information, including practical tips like recipes. You can always take our findings along to one of our nutritional therapists or discuss them on the phone - see nutritionist referral section.

Won't this information conflict with other advice I have been given?

We provide advice based on both the most recent scientific findings and age-old traditional usage. Any advice from a qualified nutritional therapist should coincide with this and seeing someone personally can only add to the positive effects of the advice you receive here.

There's a lot of confusing health info in the press, how can I trust that the advice here is credible?

Health reporting in the press doesn’t have the advantage of finding out your needs and wants first. Many nutritional and lifestyle aspects are still in debate, but we are fully aware of these debates and endeavour to provide credible information, backed up by scientific research, provided by qualified and experienced practitioners and checked by an independent body. Please contact us if you would like more detail.

How can you advise the best way to support my health when you haven't spoken to me personally?

There are obviously limits involved when we can’t meet you face-to-face, but our nutritional therapists have a deep knowledge of natural health and our assessment is put together based on years of practical experience with real people. Nutrition is about supporting all body systems so that the body can do what it’s best at – getting us back to optimum health.

How can supporting Body Systems affect my overall health and symptoms?

Our bodies work in synergy, with all parts affecting each other. Looking at one Body System has a knock-on effect to others as it changes how the body communicates and signals change, repair and balance (homeostasis). Nutrients such as vitamins and minerals don’t just affect separate body mechanisms, but work all throughout the body, so positive change always has a cumulative effect.

How do you know which nutrients are best for me to supplement if I haven't given you a food diary?

The information you give us about your sex, age, diet and lifestyle habits and the Body Systems you want to support provides a lot of detail about the current workings of your body. Many nutrients are depleted by dietary and lifestyle aspects in the modern world - such as stress, sugar, caffeine, pollution and medications – and scientific research supports the need for these nutrients, that may also be difficult to obtain in the modern diet, leading to potential deficiencies in the body.

2. How the assessment works:

Will addressing the priority allow the dietary programme and nutrient recommendations to address my health problems or symptoms?

Symptoms are a manifestation of imbalances in the body; our bodies try to cope as long as they can, but if they are deficient in certain nutrients or placed under stress, they can become expressed. These need to be taken as signs that the related Body Systems need support and this will then have a knock-on effect throughout the body to help address symptoms in other Body Systems.

Can I just take the supplements from my nutrient recommendations to improve my health?

You can, but this is not about getting to the underlying cause of the problem. When our bodies are faced with so many dietary and lifestyle challenges, they have to work harder to keep in balance. Taking supplements alone may help in the short-term, but you will be continuing the patterns that can lead to disease states and supplements are never a substitute for a balanced and varied diet.

Can I just make changes to my diet and lifestyle and not take supplements?

Yes, and it is of course preferred that we get as much of our nutritional needs from our diet. However, it is now acknowledged that the extra demands on our bodies from modern factors such as stress, sugar, caffeine, pollution and medications increase our need for the concentrated nutrients that supplements contain. Also, with modern farming, distribution, processing and preserving methods, many of our foods have a much lesser nutrient content than they used to – For more information, see the following supporting research article by Dr Robert Verkerk (Executive & Scientific Director, Alliance for Natural Health).

Why do you recommend taking supplements when you tell us the foods that contain these nutrients anyway?

It is important to increase your food sources of these nutrients as supplements are not a substitute for a balanced and varied diet and often the body finds it easier to absorb the nutrients in foods.  Also, by increasing your food sources of these nutrients, you normally increase the variety and diversity of what you eat and this leads to a more balanced diet.  It is important to cover your daily needs through your diet, but supplements can be helpful in delivering additional concentrated nutrients to make up for any previous deficits and also to give more of those nutrients your body needs at a particular time.  Supplements can also help to offset the extra demands from modern life and modern farming, distribution, processing and preserving methods resulting in foods that have a much reduced nutrient content than they used to – For more information, see the following supporting research article by Dr Robert Verkerk (Executive & Scientific Director, Alliance for Natural Health).

Why do we choose the Body Systems to focus on and not you?

Although we have plenty of information about you from the assessment, this is not a diagnostic tool, we are focussing on your nutritional needs to assist your body to balance itself.  From the information we request, it is clear which Body System relates to your Priority question and those that come up from the other questions, but you may feel there is an issue that is more pressing to you right now, which is why you have an option to add and remove Body Systems before the report is generated.

Why are the nutrient recommendations only decided from the profile, diet and lifestyle questions, not the answers to my health conditions?

We are not able to diagnose or make recommendations arising from specific symptoms; you need to see a nutritional therapist or a healthcare professional personally for that. However, through supporting your Body Systems and the related conditions through diet and lifestyle suggestions, we offer an holistic package to support your entire health.

3. Picking just one priority at a time:

Why am I only able to pick one priority at a time and if I pick just one priority, how will this help my other symptoms?

The combinations of choosing more than one Priority at a time would make the report far too long and complicated! It is important to remember that nutrition is holistic and synergistic ie it works to affect all areas of the body as all of our Body Systems interconnect and communicate with each other. Positive action towards one area in the body will have a knock-on effect in all other systems. Therefore if you pick what is of most concern to you at the current time, other concerns should be addressed. You will also have the option of choosing up to three Body Systems in the assessment to cover other options.

If I choose one priority to address would this conflict with my other health priorities if they are more serious/frequent?

No, nutrition works to positively affect your body in an holistic way, therefore all Body Systems will be affected working towards your health. In holistic medicine systems there are many routes to effect change and much of the same advice is repeated across different Body Systems, as nutrients such as vitamins and minerals work in many areas across the whole body.

If I want to address more than one priority how would this work? Would this mean I have to repeat the assessment each time to address each priority?

Yes, you would need to repeat the assessment and pick a new Priority – you may however be advised on the same Body Systems as many Priorities share similar synergies and your different concerns may share the same underlying cause.

If I repeat the assessment with a new priority, will I undo the work I have done on the original one?

No, nutritional work to support health is cumulative and you will find that much of the advice is repeated as your profile will stay the same. You will then be ale to incorporate the new advice and build upon changes towards optimum health for you as an individual.

4. How to use the report:

There is a lot of info here, where do I start?

At the beginning! Look through the summary and see what advice jumps out at you as most pertinent or easiest to fit into your life right now. You may find that you are drawn to particular dietary or lifestyle changes (for instance from your main Body System) and want to choose these alone. Some people just like to start with the advice for the Dietary and Lifestyle changes at the beginning and others just use the recipes as guides for the day’s meals alone.

Do I need to read the whole report to make changes?

No, see the question above for advice on where to start. Much of the report is explaining why the changes are advised and different people like different levels of information; some need to know exactly why they are taking an action before taking it and some just prefer to be shown the best way to proceed practically – with many levels in between of course! You can choose the best option for you - look at the Summary Report first and this might be enough for you to start.

What do the three stages in the Main Report mean?

These are aimed at differing stages of healthy living; some people may already be on a path to health and want to just add to their already healthy eating and lifestyle, whereas others may feel that they are starting from scratch and the whole arena is new to them. The levels build and Stage 3 offers more involved actions and advice that may seem more unusual to some who are making changes for the first time. See the report introduction for more information on this.

Can other members of my family or household follow the same dietary changes as me?

Yes they can as all nutritional change is of benefit, but everyone is an individual with different needs and different symptoms, for example, a person may react very differently to say, stress, than another person. If possible it is best for everybody to complete their own assessment so that their age, gender, own diet and lifestyle habits and Priority are taken into consideration.

Will it make much difference if I only make a few changes?

Yes, every change is positive change and some people need to go more slowly to see improvements that will then motivate them to make further change. Having said that, relieving some of your stressors and supporting your body’s functions will have much more profound effects, otherwise it may just be a token gesture, which is not the most effective way to prevent future disease as well.

5. Repeating the assessment:

How often should I repeat the assessment?

Three months is usually about the right time to see the effects of changes to diet and lifestyle and from any supplements you may be taking. You can then enter the changes into the assessment and see how the nutrient recommendations and report has changed. There will be things that you need to continue as part of your new healthy lifestyle and more that you can add in to fine-tune.

I think there is enough here to be getting on with for a long time, do I need to repeat the assessment?

Not if you feel the changes are working for you and you have all the information you need. You should check the nutrient recommendations periodically though, as taking the same supplement programme long-term when you have rebalanced your body can be counterproductive.

If I repeat the assessment with a new priority, will I undo the work I have done on the original one?

No, nutritional work to support health is cumulative and you will find that much advice is repeated as your profile stays the same. You will then be able to add in and build upon the new advice given to maximise the changes towards the most optimum health for you.

If I choose the Body Systems myself, how will this change the outcome?

You know your body best and need to trust your instincts! We will still advise on your nutrient recommendations and dietary and lifestyle report derived from information you have provided on your age, gender, diet and lifestyle habits and (for the report) your current imbalances.  Therefore, changing the Body Systems will only affect part of the report and you will still receive the pertinent advice for your health.

6. How to use the nutrient recommendations to buy supplements:

It seems really complicated, how do I use the nutrient recommendations to buy supplements?

Firstly, don’t panic! Read through the first guidelines on the report to get a feel for what they mean. You can then click-through to ‘Further info and guide to choosing supplements’ to read a more in-depth explanation. Start with a good multivitamin and mineral (you can find these in our recommended shop sites) that covers the vitamins and minerals recommended to you. You can then add in specific supplements with formulas that cover combinations of the other recommended nutrients and ingredients. Some, like essential fatty acids and probiotics are usually taken separately, but the information explains this. You can click on each individual recommendation to see the usual dosage, how it is taken and safety advice.

How will I know that I am not taking too much of a particular nutrient?

Click on each individual recommendation to see the usual dosage and safe supplementation limits. You can then add up different amounts in different supplements you are taking to check you do not exceed this. Most formulas from reputable companies (see our recommended shop sites) stay well within the safety limits and if you follow the recommended dose on the label you should have no problems. Problems generally only occur when taking high dose individual supplements for too long without the nutrients they work in synergywith. One way of getting round this is to use formulations instead.

Can I take several supplements that contain the same nutrient?

Yes, as long as you check the safe supplementation limits by either clicking through on a particular nutrient on your Results Page or looking in the main Healthnotes Vitamin Guide.

Can I take new nutrient recommendations alongside current ones?

Yes, as long as you check the safe supplementation limits by either clicking through on a particular nutrient on your Results Page or looking in the main Healthnotes Vitamin Guide. However, it is not a good idea to stay on the same supplements long-term and keep adding new ones or you may end up taking too many, which is not cost effective as well as some you no longer need, as you will have addressed your particular deficiencies and hopefully changed your diet accordingly. Starting afresh and looking at your current needs is a much better course of action to ensure that what you take is appropriate for your health right now.

Why don't you just tell me which supplements to buy?

My Natural Wellbeing is an education site where we can provide you with the nutrients that would be helpful in supporting and maintaining your health, but this is not a sales site for supplements.  However we do offer a range of recommended shop sites to make it easier for you to find what you need.

How do I know the shops you recommend provide good quality supplements?

Don’t just take our word for it, contact the shops and companies whose brands you are interested in and request further information. We have taken every care to recommend manufacturers that can trace the source of their ingredients, use natural or food-form nutrients where possible and use the forms of nutrients that are best absorbed by the body.  Sometimes these are not the cheapest supplements available, but because superior brands are better absorbed they are much more cost effective in the long run, making sure you use your money wisely - check with individual companies to ensure this efficacy.

7. Relating to diagnosed conditions:

Can I take these nutrient recommendations if I am ill or have a diagnosed condition i.e. diabetes, asthma or epilepsy?

Firstly, always check with your doctor or health professional before taking supplements. There are also certain contraindications with some nutrients and you need to check these by either clicking through on a particular nutrient on your Results Page or looking in the main Healthnotes Vitamin Guide. Both of these also apply if you are taking medications, in which case you can refer to the Safety Checker for your medication.

Will my doctor or health professional understand the relevance of the recommendations?

Unfortunately medical doctors have limited training in nutrition and supplementation and whilst many understand their relevance and importance, others may be more resistant as it is outside their remit. This is why we provide you with as much information as possible, so you are informed and able to discuss these changes with some knowledge. You can also refer to the scientific reference in Healthnotes.

Would this dietary programme/report consider the allergies or intolerances I suffer from?

Unfortunately we aren't able to cover absolutely every aspect of your health in this assessment; it is never possible to replicate the experience of talking personally with a Nutritional Therapist (see nutritionist referral section). However it is important to remember that if you have a classic allergy (classified as an immediate, unchanging reaction to a food or environmental trigger) you will always need to avoid these, even if the report says it may be good for you. Intolerances are different in that they can change in severity, even disappear if imbalances are rebalanced, but there can also be delayed reactions. For these reasons, it is still important to avoid any identified foods, but improving digestion and immunity are key underlying factors that the report will help you address.

8. Relating to medications:

If I am on medication can I still follow the nutrient recommendations?

Firstly, always check with your doctor or health professional before taking supplements. There are also certain drug-nutrient interactions and you need to check these by either clicking through on a particular nutrient on your Results Page or looking in the main Healthnotes Vitamin Guide. Either of these can apply, meaning that there are certain nutrients that should not be taken with your medication and others that may be helpful to your body whilst you’re taking the medication. You can show this print out to your doctor or health professional for further advice.

9. How current nutritional and lifestyle programmes may be affected:

What if I am already taking nutritional supplements? Would this program still apply or would I have to discard my existing supplement program?

You may be taking a particular supplement that you know works for you and in this case, check the ingredients against the recommendations here and see which products you might need to complement this. Ensure that you check the safe supplementation limits by either clicking through on a particular nutrient on your Results Page or looking in the main Healthnotes Vitamin Guide. If you have been recommended a supplement programme by a Nutritional Therapist, you should check with them before changing, especially if you are in the middle of a programme of change. If you are taking supplements that you chose yourself or had advice about from a healthfood shop you may want to rethink from scratch. Starting afresh and looking at your current needs is a good idea to ensure what you take is appropriate for your health right now.

Can I take these nutrient recommendations if I am currently working with a nutritional therapist?

If you have been recommended a supplement programme by a Nutritional Therapist you should check with them before making any changes, especially if you are in the middle of a programme of change. Your therapist may or may not be open to adding in nutrients that are recommended here, so we recommend that you show them the report and discuss it with them.

Can I take these nutrient recommendations if I know which foods make me feel better or worse?

Yes, the recommendations are designed to support you alongside dietary and lifestyle changes and look to maintain body functions that enhance these measures. However, if you feel you may suffer from food intolerances or allergies we suggest you see a nutritional therapist for a face to face consultation.

10. On-line Limitations:

Would this dietary program/report consider the allergies or intolerances I suffer from?

Unfortunately we aren’t able to cover absolutely every aspect of your health in this assessment and working online will not replicate the experience of talking personally with a Nutritional Therapist (see nutritionists’ referral section). However, it is important to remember that if you have a food allergy (classified as an immediate, unchanging reaction to a food or environmental trigger) you will always need to avoid these foods, even if the report says it/they may be good for you. Intolerances are different in that they can change in severity, even disappear if imbalances are rebalanced, but there can also be delayed reactions. For these reasons, it is still important to avoid any identified foods, but improving digestion and immunity are key underlying factors that the report will help you address.

If I want to address more than one priority how would this work? Would this mean I have to repeat the assessment each time to address each priority?

Yes, each new priority needs a separate assessment, but this shouldn’t really be necessary, as it is important to remember that nutrition is holistic and synergistic ie it works to affect all areas of the body as all of our Body Systems interconnect and communicate with each other. Usually when you work on what is of what is of most concern to you at the current time, other imbalances are also addressed. You will also have the option of manually choosing up to three Body Systems in the final stage of the assessment to cover other options.

Will the dietary report take into consideration that I am a vegan or vegetarian?

If you have indicated that you are vegan or vegetarian, we have included specific information for you and have taken out much of the information about animal food sources. However, you may still find some mention of these in some general areas eg in the recipes, and we would ask you to make appropriate substitutions where necessary.

What if I don't think the advice is relevant to me?

Please approach the advice with an open mind; nutrition works on many levels and it is best to try things before deciding either way. Things you may have tried before may affect you differently now and remember, there are usually many contributing factors to health issues and addressing them in isolation may not have the far-reaching consequences that you would get from a more holistic approach. The Report is very thorough and we are sure you will find something of relevance to you or at least worth a try!

What if I want more advice or information about my conditions?

You can always discuss your health issues in more depth with one of our nutritional therapists or discuss them on the phone (see nutritionist referral section). They can offer you a longer and more personalised consultation or a shorter session if you only have a few issues to go over in addition to advice in the report.

11. Conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding:

What if I am trying to conceive then would I need to consult my GP before I take this dietary/nutrient advice?

Yes, it is always advised to consult your doctor or health professional before taking supplements, but this especially applies when trying to conceive. We only advise a set nutrient programme for pregnant women and you can pick the Pregnancy Priority in the assessment to get these, which all deemed safe and necessary for conception. Make sure you read the notes for each on dosage safety and limits.

Would the nutrient recommendations apply if I am already taking supplements to help me conceive?

Check your current supplements for the nutrients recommended, as they may well be included. Then check amounts for safety and to see if you are receiving the correct form and dosage. You may want to add in an advised supplement or change to a different brand.

Would the nutrient recommendations apply if I am already taking supplements for pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Check your current supplements for the nutrients recommended, as they may well be included. Then check amounts for safety and to see if you are receiving the correct form and dosage. You may want to add in an advised supplement or change to a different brand, but make sure to consult your doctor or health professional before making changes.

12. Making changes if using cigarettes, alcohol or drugs:

If I am an alcoholic or drug-user will this dietary program/advice work?

Alcohol increases the body’s requirement for specific nutrients and the advice given helps to support all Body Systems under stress from regular intake.  You should be aware that smoking places an additional toxic burden on the body and increases the need to support detoxification mechanisms.

Would the dietary advice and nutrient recommendations help if I am a heavy smoker?

Smoking increases the body’s requirement for specific nutrients and you should be aware that smoking places an additional toxic burden on the body and increases the need to support detoxification mechanisms. All of the advice given helps to support all Body Systems under stress from smoking and can also help to get you to a place where you might feel ready to consider giving up.