What is a Clinical Nutritionist?

The Clinical Nutritionist (CN) maintains a philosophy that emphasizes wellness and optimal health, which typically includes a combination of dietary modulation, life-style modifications, the use of nutritional supplements and nutraceutical substances, and other adjunctive modalities.

Clinical Nutritionists often also utilize functional nutritional laboratory testing, not for the purposes of disease diagnosis, but to establish optimal versus sub-optimal levels of function in the body related to nutritional status. Assessment also provides the basis for referral to a licensed physician, or other health care professional.

The training of a Clinical Nutritionist can vary greatly. An accredited university generally covers the foundations of clinical biochemistry and metabolism, research methodology, various styles of dietary intervention for optimal health and disease-specific care, nutritional assessment, laboratory analysis, and developmental nutrition. Clinical Nutritionists from an accredited university focus on the evidence based use of nutritional supplements and nutriceutical substances for the betterment of general health and/or the complimentary management of individuals with specific health problems.

Michelle graduated from the Human Nutrition Program at the University of Bridgeport. This science-based, accredited program provides a biochemical and physiological study of nutrition and its role in health and disease. Students gain skill in counseling in alternative and complementary medicine using nutritional strategies.

UB’s Master’s in Nutrition distinguishes itself from other master’s programs in its focus on functional medicine and its growing value in the prevention and management of disease. Embedded in the curriculum is the concept of bio-individuality, which enables clinicians to be able to provide customized diet and nutrient recommendations that will be effective. This is provided with an evidence based scientific approach. The UB Nutrition Institute provides a sound biochemical and physiological study of nutrition, which allows students to understand the complex interrelationships between nutrition and health.

The program further explores the role of nutrition as a preventive, adjunctive and alternative strategy for the prevention and amelioration of specific health conditions.

Sources: University of Bridgeport Nutrition Institute

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