What if your ailments, such as chronic pain, fatigue, asthma, or allergies could be healed from changing your eating habits? Although you’ve read about the five doctors that every man should be seeing, adding a nutritionist to that list may be a good idea. Yet, when you’re looking to see a nutritionist, there’s a lot of information to sift through before making an appointment.
When seeking out a clinical nutritionist, there are some titles to be aware of. Qualifications are very important when it comes to finding a doctor in order to give you the best care possible for your needs. Nutritionists and registered dietitians are very similar — and often can be one in the same. Registered dietitians sometimes call themselves nutritionists but are more regulated than just general nutritionists. There are some registered dietitians who perform the alternative therapies that a typical nutritionist would, such as complementary and alternative therapies like homeopathy, naturopathy, and detoxification. When seeking a nutritionist, look for titles like Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN), Master of Science (MS), or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).
Many people may claim to be a “nutritionist” by only completing a short certification program; this is a red flag. Make sure that your nutritionist (or registered dietitian) has completed a four-year degree and has one (or all) of the above certifications.
Whether you’re on the fence about seeing a nutritionist or just need more justification as to why you should, we’ve rounded up some beneficial reasons you should seriously make an appointment.
1. You want to lose weight
Registered dietitians are proven to aid patients in weight loss. Whether you have a food intolerance they can help you sort out or give you a specific meal plan to follow, seeing someone who is trained in food and other nutrition is really helpful.
2. You need professional guidance
There is plenty of fantastic advice on the Internet, in newspapers and magazines, and on TV, but the truth is, everyone is different. Every person differs when it comes to how food reacts in their body or which supplements to take. When seeking out a nutritionist for any sort of reason, they will go through your complete history: food, stress, family diseases, injuries, allergies, etc. They will then apply research findings to your specific needs and create an outline of helpful therapies and tools for you to reach your goals.
3. You have a food allergy or sensitivity
This is an area where doctors lack. Many symptoms brought on by a food allergy or sensitivity often leaves doctors prescribing us medications we don’t need. If you have a stomach problem or digestive issue, it can oftentimes be caused by a gluten sensitivity or allergy (celiac disease), lactose intolerance, or other kinds of irritations brought on by foods you eat. If you have been recently diagnosed with a full-blown allergy or sensitivity or you suspect you may have one, see a nutritionist.
Nutrition information in medical school is usually inadequate and not a primary focus of a conventional doctor’s training. Turning to a dietitian who has years and years of practice surrounding food and our biochemical makeup is a great resource.
4. You’re always tired
If you find yourself not having enough energy to do the things you love, or your work performance is declining due to fatigue, turning to your diet may be important. If your doctor can’t find anything wrong with you, but you still experience these symptoms, a nutritionist or a dietitian may be able to pinpoint which foods cause us to feel a certain way and what you should eat to increase your energy levels.
5. You have a chronic disease
Our bodies are designed to eat natural, whole foods to support our biochemical makeup. Oftentimes, nutrition alone isn’t given enough credit in supporting the body during chronic illness, be it heart disease, MS, cancer, or respiratory diseases. Food can slow down the progression of diseases and ease symptoms. Putting copious amounts of toxic medicine in our body is definitely not the only answer, and perhaps not the way it was intended to be.
6. You simply want to increase the longevity and quality of your life
You may benefit from seeing a nutritionist even if nothing is wrong. There’s power in seeking help to prevent diseases later on in life. Whether you want help enhancing your already healthy routine, want some advice on how to change your diet as you get older, or simply to hold you accountable for your eating habits. Going to the doctor when we’re sick or not feeling right is when it’s too late. Seeing a nutritionist or dietitian when you’re feeling good allows you to prevent diseases in the future.