What is clinical nutrition?
Clinical nutrition is the study of the relationship between food and the well-being of the body. More specifically, it is the science of nutrients and how they are digested, absorbed, transported, metabolized, stored, and discharged by the body. Besides 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 health and disease.
What happens during a visit to a clinical nutritionist?
During the initial part of the visit, the clinical nutritionist will ask you questions about your medical history, family history, and personal lifestyle. The medical history might include questions about your diet, digestion, history of weight loss or gain, sleep and exercise patterns, and relaxation habits. Some clinical nutritionists will ask you to bring to your first meeting a 3-day food diary and list of any herbs, supplements, or medicines that you take regularly. Laboratory tests might be used to find any deficiencies and test organ function. This way, a nutritionist will get a full picture of your nutritional lifestyle. During the second part of the visit, the nutritionist will recommend ways that you can fill the gaps and reduce the nutritional “overloads” in your diet. For example, if appropriate, he or she may suggest that you schedule your meals at different times or cut down on the amount of carbohydrates that you eat. He or she will also offer advice on specific nutritional supplements if necessary (see below). The nutritionist will then schedule follow-up visits to monitor the progression of your health.
What is clinical nutrition good for?
Studies show that eating habits play a major role in the development of certain chronic diseases (such as heart disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes). Dietary changes can help to both prevent and treat these conditions. For example, lowering fat and cholesterol intake and adding whole grains to the diet can atherosclerosis (plaque build up in the arteries) which can lead to heart disease or stroke. Reducing caloric intake can help lower weight. Cutting down on simple sugars (glucose, sucrose, fructose, and lactose) can prevent diabetes, and high fiber diets (especially soluble fiber) can help control diabetes. Scientists have found many other connections to diet and disease. In a study of 20,000 men, for example, one fishmeal per week was linked to a 52% reduction in the risk of sudden death from a heart attack. Fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential components of cells and can protect the heart from, for example, fatal arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm).
The Nutri-Fit program requires 1½ hours for the first session to assess your current dietary habits and exercise regime. Each follow-up is ½ hour every week for the remaining 6 or 12 weeks of the program – or you may choose just one consultation, also including a ½-hour follow up.
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Electronically sign or fax the release form that will be provided. If you have health concerns and are under a physicians care, an additional request form your Doctor may be mandatory depending on your condition. Most physicians are happy that their patients take the initiative for better health and will have no problem writing you a diet and exercise prescription.
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Upon purchasing a program, an assessment will be performed based on materials that you need to submit to me. Information regarding these materials as well as program fees can be accessed by clicking on the button above that says “materials for assessment.” You have the option to purchase an initial consultation with follow-up, a 6 session program or a 12-week program. Note that you may repeat any 6 or 12-week program with me until you achieve your goal. I also offer personal training packages for individuals living in San Diego county. You need not join the facility I will train you at and my personal training fees are the lowest around!