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Who Needs to See a Nutritionist?

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

You don't need to have an allergy, a weight problem or any kind of illness to want to consult a nutritionist.

Old adages are often true, and the one that says that prevention is better then cure is spot on.

At the same time, if you have already experienced illness mediated by diet there is still much that can be done to improve your health.

In addition, what you eat can improve your sports performance and recovery, or help with fertility, a healthy pregnancy and set your children up for life with good habits.

Lifestyle is a major contributing factor to most of today's chronic diseases- cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, mental health problems, osteoporosis, alzheimers and the list goes on. We are living longer, but not necessarily better quality lives. Disability and disease are not inevitable in older age, and much can be done to reduce the risk of chronic disease through diet, exercise, stress reduction, good sleep, avoiding tobacco and maintaining good social relationships.

For example here's just one paragraph from the Joint World Health Organisation/ Food and Agriculture Organisation of the US expert consultation on 'Diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases', 2002:

"Cardiovascular diseases: cardiovascular diseases, the major killers worldwide, are to a great extent due to unbalanced diets and physical inactivity. Risk of their main forms, heart disease and stroke, is reduced by eating less saturated and trans fats, and sufficient amounts of (n-3 and n-6) polyunsaturated fats, fruits and vegetables and less salt, as well as by physical activity and controlling weight. Reduction of salt intake helps reduce blood pressure, a major cause of cardiovascular diseases."

But where to start? The internet? Although there is a massive amount of excellent information now at your fingertips, separating fact from fiction and evidence based information from marketing hype is problematic. A university qualified nutritionist can help to identify the basis of dietary recommendations for good health and point you towards great supporting resources.

Everyone is an individual and that too is where a nutritionist can help. A personalised assessment and advice to suit your lifestyle and your particular needs and goals will help you to maximise your dietary outcomes. Support is on hand to ask ongoing questions and to make the process of change more manageable.

Whatever your life stage or health status I can help you to improve your eating patterns and to do so without repressive diets or strict rules. Invest in your lifelong health and contact me to make an appointment, you'll be glad you did!

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