Nutritional & Dietary Counseling
Dietary Analysis and Assessment is the comprehensive evaluation of nutrient intake, including intensive study of various nutrition therapies and their evidentiary support in medical research and clinical observations.
It is also valuable in determining individual micro-and macro-nutrient needs based on individual factors and evaluation of what current intakes of macro-and micronutrients are given the individual dietary intake.
Clinical and Specialized Nutrition Therapy
Clinical and Specialized Nutrition Therapy is an application of nutrition principles, protocols, and evidence-based dietary systems for individual health concerns and conditions. NDs utilize specific diets to act as a therapeutic agent in the healing process such as the anti-inflammatory protocol, paleo diet and FODMAPs.
Nutritional therapy is core to comprehensive naturopathic care. To restore balance through appropriate nourishment, it is focused on promoting vitality and well-being through the use of specific, individual dietary interventions, use of therapeutic, personalized dietary prescriptions, and can also include the use of herbs, supplements, and functional foods.
The impact of the foods we have been exposed to plays a direct role in our health from preconception to death. The foods we choose to eat on a daily basis can have important effects related to disease susceptibility, proper physical, mental, and intellectual development, inflammation, and immunity. Whether these effects are taking us in a positive direction or a negative one depends on our choices.
The role that nutrition plays in the restoration of health and the maintenance of health cannot be overstated. Going back as far as the times of Hippocrates, it was the steadfast belief that food should be the primary medicine. In the last century we have seen a dramatic drop in infectious disease and much lower rates of nutrient deficiencies, but this came with a trade-off.2 As the incidence and mortality caused by infectious disease significantly decreased, the rates of chronic lifestyle-related diseases have risen.