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nutritionist / DIETICIAN

What are the differences between a Dietician and Nutritionist?

The terms “dietitian” and “nutritionist” are often mistakenly used interchangeably. Although these two professions are related, they maintain distinctive qualities. The biggest difference between dietitians and nutritionists lies in the legal restrictions that each title carries.

A nutritionist must be registered to meet the strict standards of professional education in nutrition.Registered nutritionists are qualified to provide information and advice about food and healthy eating, but not about special diets for medical conditions.

Nutritionists encompass the use of recommendations for diet and lifestyle in order to alleviate or prevent ailments. They provide evidence-based information and guidance about the impacts of food and nutrition on the health and well being of an individual.Their recommendations may include guidance on detoxification, colonic irrigation, the avoidance of ingestion or inhalation of ‘toxins’ or ‘allergens’ and the use of supplementary nutrients.

Dietitians are nutrition professionals that are governed and regulated by law. Dietitians interpret the science of nutrition to improve health and treat diseases and conditions by educating and giving practical advice to clients.They often work as part of a clinical team and treat complex health conditions such as diabetes, allergies, IBS, eating disorders, chronic fatigue, malnutrition, kidney failure and bowel disorders.

Reasons to see a Nutritionist / Dietician

  • You have digestive problems.

  • You are in pain.

  • You want to lose or gain weight.

  • You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure.

  • You have an eating disorder.

  • You are, or are intending to become pregnant

  • You have food sensitivity, intolerance or allergies

  • You want to prevent disease and improve health.

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