http://oceanadesigns.net/images/granite/exodus/exodus.jpg You may have come across a few different titles used to describe nutrition professionals. I’m hoping that this post will help clarify what Nutritional Therapy is and how it differs to other titles.

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can i buy Lyrica in mexico I (wrongly) sometimes refer to myself online as a nutritionist. To be completely honest, this is because it’s a more searchable term.  In fact, I’m a registered Nutritional Therapist and this is different from a Nutritionist. There are a few other terms that you may have come across in your search for a nutrition professional. Ultimately, there are good and bad practitioners in every field. My advice is that no matter who you choose to work with, ensure that they’re registered with a professional body which promotes continuing professional development and makes sure that practitioners are insured to practise.

Nutritional Therapist

Nutritional Therapy promotes health and peak performance through the application of Nutritional Science. Nutritional Therapy and is recognised as a complementary therapy. It is beneficial for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.  Registered Nutritional Therapists, use different tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances.  I gather information to help me understand how these may contribute to a client’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows me to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. 

Nutritionist

Whilst registered Nutritionists have a good understanding of nutrition science; they are not recognised as complementary therapists. Furthermore, they do not require personal indemnity insurance in order to practise. Nutritionists often work for public bodies, governments in educational, research and policy development roles. Nutritionists are not trained to give therapeutic dietary advice to people with medical conditions.

Dietician

Dietitians typically work within an NHS setting and are regulated by the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Dieticians use nutritional science to devise diet plans to help those with medical conditions. The title Dietician is, currently, the only one protected under UK Law.  All dieticians hold a Bsc Hons in Dietetics or a relevant BSc Hons in a Biological Science. Only Nutritional Therapists and Dieticians are trained in clinical practice to give one-to-one nutritional advice. For this reason, both require full personal indemnity insurance to practice

Nutrition Advisor

Other wellness professionals may often use the term nutritional advisor. Nutritional Advisors have taken a short course which enables them to give basic nutritional advice. Continuing education a good idea for all complimentary and wellness professionals as it adds a little more value to their professional advice. However, I will say that this does not meet the level of National Occupational Standard for Nutritional Therapy

The Nutritional Therapy Assessment Process

Each client I meet is unique, therefore I always tailor my nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. The service that I provide is complimentary, it is not a replacement for medical advice. I always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. As I work holistically I often also work alongside other healthcare professionals. During a consultation,  I take all of the following into consideration:

  1. Client’s goals
  2. Biochemical Individuality
  3. Lifestyle
  4. Gut Function
  5. Immune Function
  6. Mental Health
  7. Hormonal Health
  8. Detoxification Function
  9. Energy Levels
  10. Musculoskeletal Health

Although my areas of specialisation are weight management and sports nutrition,  all of the above factors must are considered to devise an effective plan. I would say that is what is unique about Nutritional Therapy. We take a holistic view and consider the unique dietary requrements of each individual.

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