Nutritionist, Nutritional Therapist or Dietitian?
I am often asked what the difference is.
The word “nutritionist” in itself is not a protected title and therefore anyone can use it. This can be confusing and unfortunately many people without adequate knowledge and experience can abuse the title to offer nutritional advice.
A dietitian is somebody with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, they are registered and belong to a professional body. They work in different contexts, mainly within the NHS.
A Registered Nutritional Therapist Practitioner is someone who has a recognized qualification in Nutritional Therapy and has studied anatomy, physiology, nutrition and human diet. They have completed their clinical study at University or in qualified schools and work in private practice, using bespoke health plans as well as changes in nutrition and lifestyle to help an individual or a group of people to achieve optimal health. Nutritional Therapists are registered with a recognized government body.
I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist, my governing body is the Federation of Nutritional Therapist Practitioners (FNTP) the largest professional organization of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners 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.” [source: FNTP]
Practitioners in the UK are regulated by the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT)
I offer a science-based approach and I am specialized in problems related to digestion and food intolerances.
I am a direct witness of the positive changes that a correct and personalized diet can bring. For years I have suffered from multiple food allergies and acid reflux, however, thanks to Nutritional Therapy and the studies applied to investigate these issues, I managed to adopt a healthy and satisfying diet for an optimal lifestyle despite all the restrictions on to which I was forced by my pathology. Even small changes to the diet can make a big difference.
Finally, I do not follow “one size fit all” approach, since what is healthy for one person is not necessarily healthy for another.
So, whether you’re here to book an appointment or just read my posts… welcome 🙂
Claudia BA(Hons), DipAET, NT.Dip