A clinical nutritionist understands the complex interrelationship between nutrition and the biochemistry of the human body. Though there is much about each of us that is the same, in actuality we are all biochemically unique. As such, we have unique nutritional needs as well. Clinical nutrition addresses the interrelationships between foods and nutrients and considers the biochemical effects they have on actual body functions, such as gastrointestinal function, sugar metabolism, immune system function and brain function.
Often chronic health disturbances are manifestations of inadequately satisfying our body’s specific nutritional needs given our unique metabolic and biochemical makeup. It is the detailed biochemsitry of the nutrients in foods which allow a given body system to function at its optimal level. Because of this, a clinical nutritionist considers this detailed level of nutrition beyond calories, food groups and food pyramids in defining an individual nutrition protocol. Foods and the nutrients in foods are included or excluded from an individual protocol based on how they affect actual body systems and body functions.
A clinical nutritionist is trained to assess your nutritional needs while considering chronic health disturbances, and defines an individualized nutritional program designed to achieve your health and wellness goals. A nutritional protocol may include food additions, food eliminations, food preparation guidelines, supplemental nutrient support and lifestyle modifications. Additionally, a clinical nutritionist considers all phases of nutrition from the seed, to the store, to the plate, as how our food is grown, handled and prepared can destroy nutrient content and include unwanted additives or chemicals.