HOW DOES NUTRITIONAL THERAPY WORK?
Nutrients and other food components influence the function of the body, protect against disease, restore health, and determine people’s response to changes in the environment. Under certain circumstances and in some individuals, diet can be a serious risk factor for a number of diseases.
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Registered Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This multifaceted and personalised approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards preventing, mitigating and maintaining health
NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST, NUTRITIONIST OR DIETITIAN?
These terms can often be confusing as they are used interchangeably to describe a professional who works in the field of nutrition, diet and lifestyle. However, dietitians and nutritionists have different roles and training and, they are regulated by different bodies.
A registered nutritional therapist or nutritionist tend to work in private practice with clients and work alongside a medical or healthcare professionals. They are trained in nutritional science and clinical practice to give one-on-one personal health advice
Currently, the terms nutritional therapist and a nutritionist are not regulated by law in the UK. Therefore it is important that when choosing a nutritional therapist or nutritionist, that they have sufficient training and are registered with a professional body such as The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and have valid insurance.
A registered dietitian tend to work for the NHS, public health sectors or in private practices. They are health professionals that are trained to assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems. The title 'dietitian' is protected by UK law, only those who are registered with the statutory regulator, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) can use the title of Dietitian/Registered Dietitian.it