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What is Clinical Nutrition?

Clinical Nutrition is the study of the relationship between food ingested and the wellbeing of the body. More specifically, it is the science of nutrients and how they are digested, absorbed, transported, metabolised, stored, and utilised, and how the resulting by-products are excreted as waste by the body. 

In addition to studying how food works in the body, nutritionists are interested in how the environment affects the quality and safety of foods, and how these factors influence heath and disease.

What is a Clinical Nutritionist?

A Clinical Nutritionist may be employed in their own clinical practice, assessing and assisting individuals with their health concerns by tailoring a program specific to their needs. The aim at all times is to work holistically; considering the whole person and assisting the client to achieve their personal goals through diet and lifestyle.

A Clinical Nutritionist’s recommendations will be based on the most recent research information. Clients may choose to see a Clinical Nutritionist as an adjunct to medical treatment to further enhance results or speed up recovery. A Clinical Nutritionist may also help with prevention of ill health, helping establish a healthy lifestyle before any symptoms of imbalance manifest.  

Some Clinical Nutritionists are also experienced in the field of sports nutrition and may help athletes and gym-goers reach their goals by combining an exercise regime with a healthy food plan.

What to expect from an appointment?

In the initial face-to-face consultation the Clinical Nutritionist will take a detailed case history, asking many questions regarding medical history, family history, and personal diet, lifestyle and exercise habits. 

Preceding and during the consultation, as much information as possible is gathered in order to construct an overall view of the clients state of health.  This may involve compiling a food diary – noting signs and symptoms linked with certain foods and their reactions – as well as providing blood tests, other lab tests and more.

Based on the information provided by the client, dietary and lifestyle changes may be recommended. Therapeutic grade dietary supplements may also be recommended.