How is a Clinical Nutritionist different?
A clinical nutritionist understands the nutritional biochemistry of foods and supplements, and considers how this nutritional biochemistry affects specific body functions, such as gastrointestinal function, sugar metabolism, immune system function, inflammation and brain function. In using this functional nutrition approach, a clinical nutritionist views nutrition beyond calories, food groups and food pyramids in defining an individual nutrition protocol. Your custom nutrition protocol will include or exclude various foods and the nutrients in foods based on how they affect each body system and body function.
For individuals with chronic health conditions, this means applying nutrition from foods and supplements to support your body’s ability to achieve its highest level of function given your specific health condition. Considering the functionality of nutrition in the body goes beyond symptom management and as a result may even lead to reduced reliance on pharmaceutical medications. For example, a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer adhering to a functional nutrition protocol designed by a clinical nutritionist may experience reduced inflammation and pain, allowing him/ her to reduce reliance on pharmaceutical pain medications.
For general wellness, your food and supplement protocol is designed to support optimal health & wellness while considering the stresses of your daily life, aging, and even genetic risk factors.