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Nutrition and diet play an extremely important role in the way we feel and the way our bodies develop. Nutritional therapists are the experts who advise people on the best ways to use their diet in order to reduce symptoms of a wide range of disorders, both physical and psychological.
In some cases, a patient’s diet may be the cause of certain symptoms and, in other cases, a change in diet may help in relieving symptoms from which a patient is already suffering.
Nutritional therapists usually work from private practices, either self-employed, or as associates in larger practices.
They meet patients in consultations to assess symptoms, medical history, lifestyle and diet through discussions and detailed questionnaires. They may also perform physical examinations on clients, or take urine or stool samples to send to a laboratory in order to test the functioning of the digestive system, the bowels, the kidneys, liver and the levels of minerals and possibly toxic substances present in the patient.
They then devise customised diet and lifestyle plans for the patient which will involve the patient seeing the therapist for regular check-ups to monitor progress.
As is the case for all healthcare professionals, keeping patients relaxed and comfortable should be a top priority, along with maintaining extremely high standards of cleanliness throughout the clinic.