Nutritional Medicine Practitioners – what do they do?
A persons Health and wellbeing is affected by multiple external and internal factors, some of which can lead to functional disorders and chronic disease. The role of the Nutritional Medicine practitioner is to identify the cause of health issues, educate the patient and develop a treatment and prevention plan to re-establish and promote ongoing optimal health and wellbeing.
Nutritional Medicine combines the traditions of food as medicine and dietary planning with scientific advances in the use of nutrients at therapeutic doses in the treatment, management and prevention of disease. Nutritional Medicine incorporates the study of human nutrition, biochemistry, anatomy, pathology, pharmacology, the food system, public health and considers how each can impact our health.
Scientific evidence, ethics and sound clinical reasoning guide practice to ensure that diet and supplement recommendations are efficacious and safe. Holistic nutritionists integrate traditional food wisdom and current evidence to motivate individuals to eat well and live healthier lives.
Nutritional Medicine practitioners approach disease prevention and management through a multidimensional lens. Nutrient adequacy, food quality, dietary behaviours and lifestyle are assessed so that individualised Nutrition Care Plans can be developed.