What does a Nutritionist Do? Posted on August 22, 2017

What does a Nutritionist Do?

What does a Nutritionist do? I get asked this question a lot, so let me explain…


WHAT PEOPLE THINK WE DO…

Meal plans and weight loss.


WHAT GOOGLE THINKS WE DO…

“Advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal”… and that sums us up in the most basic way, but let’s be more specific…


THE TRAINING 

I personally completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) degree. As part of this degree I studied:

  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathology of Disease & Illness
  • Western diagnostics
  • Clinical Nutrient Prescription
  • Medicinal food science
  • Dietary planning… and more.

As you can see, it’s a whole lot more than meal plans 🙂

As a result of the above, I can legally provide diet advice and prescribe nutraceuticals (vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, amino acids etc.) as well as compound my own formulas in order to achieve the best results for my clients. My understanding of all of the above was assessed not only throughout the course, but during the required 350 hours of supervised clinical practice where I had to manage my own clients and cases.


CASES I WORK ON

As a qualified nutritionist I can work with patients on a number of conditions including, but not limited to the following:

  • Digestive Complaints
    • Bloating
    • Abdominal Pain
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    • Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
    • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
    • Intestinal Parasites
  • Mood Disorders
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
  • Genetic SNPs
    • Kryptopyrroles/Mauve Factor
    • MTHFR Support
    • COMT
  • Sleep Problems & Fatigue
  • Vegetarian or Vegan Diet Advice
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Allergies & Food Intolerances
  • Reproductive Concerns
    • PCOS
    • Endometriosis
    • PMS/PMT
    • Prostate Health
    • Preconception Care
    • Pregnancy Nutrition
    • Post-Natal Nutrition
  • Weight Loss
  • Skin concerns
    • Acne
    • Eczema
  • Thyroid Health
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Children’s Health & Nutrition and more..

THE TREATMENT

Nutritional medicine falls under the banner of complementary medicine and as such, once we understand the pathology of the case, we manage the case by providing advice on:

  • How to eat (whilst it seems basic, it really is a lost art)
  • What to eat (specific to their presenting condition)
  • When to eat (again, specific to their presenting condition)
  • As well as prescribe a nutraceutical (vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, amino acids etc.) prescription where required.

WHY DID I CHOOSE NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE? 

My journey to health and wellness was a tumultuous one – I tried it all! However, nothing was more powerful than an individualised approach to changing the food & nutrients I put in my body for the better. As a result, my passion for Nutritional Medicine was born and I wanted nothing more than to help others do the same.


WHY DIDN’T I STUDY NATUROPATHY?

I considered it however, I chose to focus my study on the development and understanding of ‘food as medicine’. I studied alongside Naturopaths however, they do extra units in western herbal studies, otherwise our course is exactly the same. Can we take on the same types of cases? Absolutely! However our treatment protocols may be slightly different.


WHY DIDN’T I STUDY DIETETICS?

Because I couldn’t align myself with a professional body that is sponsored by companies I do not endorse. It’s a completely a personal decision and I have nothing against dietitians and the wonderful work they can do.


HOW DO YOU FIND A DEGREE QUALIFIED NUTRITIONIST?  

In Australia, professional nutritional practice is not regulated by the government, and as a result, there is no legal protection over the term ‘Nutritionist’. This means, that anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist without any legal ramifications (sigh); so please, be aware of this when seeking Nutritional advice.

One sure fire way to ‘nut’ out the degree qualified nutritionists, is to ask whether or not they offer a private health insurance rebate.

The following health insurance companies offer rebates on degree qualified nutritionists:

  • AHM
  • CBHS Health Fund
  • GMF
  • HBF
  • HCF
  • Medibank Private
  • NIB

IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS?

I hoped that helped clear a few things up. If you have any questions in relation to Nutrition, please let me know in the comments below. I’m more than happy to answer them 🙂

If you’re looking to learn more about my approach, my location or my appointment structure, click here.



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