Nutritional Counseling Q&A
by Kamau B. Kokayi, MD
What Is Nutritional Counseling?
Nutritional counseling is a process that includes an assessment of dietary habits, recommendations and a plan for change, and extensive patient education. The counselor is typically a registered dietitian or professional nutritionist. The goal of nutritional counseling is to help people make improvements in their health through changing their eating habits. Nutritional counseling may also be targeted to specific conditions like anorexia.
What’s Nutritional Counseling Used for?
Almost any medical condition or chronic disease can be helped with improved nutrition. Diabetes and heart disease are two classic examples. However, nutrition also makes a difference with mental health disorders, and some people are taking medications that require a special diet or that have side effects like weight gain. People who have eating disorders benefit from nutritional counseling, and those with substance abuse problems often have nutritional deficiencies that can be helped with counseling.
What’s Nutritional Counseling Like?
The first step in the counseling process is a complete assessment, usually conducted in interview form, of the patient’s typical diet and eating habits. Tools might include a 24-hour food recall, a food frequency questionnaire and/or a food diary. The counselor also assesses the patient’s body weight and collects other relevant data such as the presence of chronic disease, medications and lifestyle. The counselor and patient set goals together, and the counselor develops a dietary plan. The two work together over a period of time to achieve the desired goals.
A Connection Between IV Therapy and Nutritional Counseling?
Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients eaten in a healthy diet offer the ideal way to nourish the human body. However, problems like food allergies and intolerance, poor absorption, stress, and illness can affect the body’s ability to obtain nutrients from food. IV therapy is a way to ensure that the body gets all the required nutrients by injecting them directly into the blood stream. IV therapy may be recommended by a nutritional counselor to treat specific diseases or conditions, to remove heavy metals like lead and iron or to deliver a higher dose of a particular vitamin than can be taken orally.
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