A Blog by Dr. Archana Ainapure, Clinical Nutritionist & Dietetic Consultant
Professional Nutritional Counseling is essentially based upon assessments made during a process of intensive interaction with the subject. Key findings gathered during the interaction are analysed with respect to various health needs of the subject, more specifically in regard to diet and exercise. Such an assessment is beneficial to a wide variety of people and can help those with numerous disorders. During this assessment, the Nutritional Counselor provides inputs based on a person’s current status, helping to improve overall health. A Nutritional Counselor helps people to set achievable health goals and teaches various ways of maintaining these goals throughout their lifetime.
Nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Without proper nutrition, one does not have enough energy to make it through the day. Also, health declines without proper nutrition, making one more susceptible to illness and disease. Nutritional Counseling is sometimes offered at eating disorder treatment clinics for patients in need of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating treatment and assistance.
Many Nutritional Counselors recommend fitness programs and nutritional supplements. Through Nutritional Counseling, basic health needs are met and specialised information is provided to fit each person’s everyday lifestyle.
Who Can Benefit From Nutritional Counseling?
A variety of people benefit from Nutritional Counseling. This type of counseling assists all ages, ranging from pregnant women, to vegetarians, to the elderly and people with different medical complications. Those who may benefit include those with: Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Poor nutrition and eating patterns, Eating disorders (some of which may require eating disorder treatment), Digestive complications, HIV, Cancer, Hypertension, Nausea, Allergies, Organ problems, Obesity, Hypoglycemia, Menopause, Fitness goals, Heart diseases
Benefits of Nutritional Counseling include: Increase in energy, Healthier lifestyle and food choices, Better quality of sleep, Reduced symptoms of disease, Less drastic range of emotions, Happiness and Well-Being, Possible increase in longevity, Strengthened immune system, Lesser chance of contracting disorders and disease , Better ability to concentrate