The first recorded dietary advice was carved into a stone tablet in around 2500 BC. From this time on, our understanding of nutrition for human health and wellbeing has grown at an astonishing rate, with new research being undertaken all the time.
Nutritionists evaluate the health of their clients. Based on their findings, nutritionists advise clients on which foods to eat—and those foods to avoid—to improve their health.
It’s important to remember that seeing a Nutritionist is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, if any ‘red flag’ symptoms are identified you will be referred to the medical profession.
- Assess clients’ health needs and current eating habits
- Counsel patients on nutrition issues and healthy eating habits
- Develop meal plans, taking both cost and clients’ preferences into account
- Evaluate the effects of meal plans and change the plans as needed
- Promote better nutrition by speaking to groups about diet, nutrition, and the relationship between good eating habits and preventing or managing specific diseases
- Keep up with the latest nutritional science research
- Write reports to document patient progress
You might see a Nutritionist:
- To gain general healthy eating advice (including practical recommendations and recipes)
- To gain advice on healthy and sustainable weight loss
- To learn how to cook healthy meals
- If you’re training for a sports event or trying to improve overall fitness
- To support digestive issues such as IBS, IBD, bloating, indigestion
This is by no means an exhaustive and its possible you may see a Nutritionist for a combination of concerns.