Nutritionist vs Nutritional Therapist vs Dietitian

I often get asked what is the difference.

The word “nutritionist” per se is not a protected title and therefore anyone can use it. This can be confusing and unfortunately many people without the relevant knowledge and experience can abuse the title to offer nutrition advice.

A Dietitian is somebody who holds a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and is regulated by the Health Professions Council. Dietitians can work in different settings, principally with the NHS.

Registered Nutritional Therapist Practitioner (or Registered Nutritionist) is somebody who holds a recognized qualification in Nutritional Therapy and has studied human anatomy, physiology, nutrition and human diet. They have completed their clinical study either at university or qualified schools and work in private practice, use bespoke health plans, nutrition and lifestyle changes to help either an individual or a group of people obtain optimal health. Registered nutritionists also belong to a governing body.

I am a registered Nutritional Therapist. My governing body is the Federation of Nutritional Therapist Practitioners (FNTP), the largest professional organisation for practitioners of Nutritional Therapy in Europe. I am also a member of the British Complementary Medicine Association and the British Institute of Allergy and Environmental Therapy.

From the Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners website:

Nutritional therapy/ medicine developed in the twentieth century as a way of treating disease and optimising health, using nutrition and changes in lifestyle. It involves individual prescriptions for diet and lifestyle, in order to alleviate or prevent ailments and to promote optimal health. These recommendations may include dietary modifications, including the use of exclusion diets, and guidance on methods to support digestion and absorption of nutrients. They may also include the avoidance of ingestion or inhalation of toxins or allergens, detoxification, procedures to promote gastrointestinal health and the appropriate use of supplementary nutrients.

Treatment is patient-centred, i.e. based on a recognition of the individual’s biochemical uniqueness (genetic/epigenetic) and their environment. It considers the web-like connections of physiological factors. Health is seen as vitality, and not just the absence of disease. It incorporates a consideration of nutritional, immunological, endocrine and gastro-intestinal imbalances, inflammatory responses, impaired detoxification and oxidative stress. It is based upon molecular medicine, nutritional biochemistry, preventive medicine and neuroscience.”

Practitioners in the UK are regulated by the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT) [source: FNTP]

I offer a science-based approach, I specialise in digestion problems and food intolerances.

I have witnessed first hand the profound changes that the right diet can bring to the body. I used to suffer from multiple food allergies and acid reflux and became fascinated with nutrition whilst trying to keep a healthy diet despite my restriction to many nourishing foods. Even small changes can make a big difference.

I do not follow a “one diet fits all” approach. What is healthy for one person is not necessarily healthy for another.

So, whether you are here to book an appointment or just read my posts…welcome to my corner 🙂

Claudia BA(Hons), DipAET, NT.Dip