The Benefits of Seeing a Nutritionist!

I would like to welcome Jillian Gile – our Guest Blogger for today…Enjoy!

We all try to eat healthy, but in this day and age the amount of information available to us can be downright overwhelming.  The list of must-eat and do-not-touch items can be contradictory, confusing, and misleading.  On top of that, if you’re eating a diet high in processed foods, you may actually be undernourished.  That is where a nutritionist comes in.

A nutritionist, or nutritional therapist, has a degree in nutrition and nutritional education.  This highly qualified individual will be able to determine what exactly your diet needs, what nutrients you might be lacking, and how to improve your eating habits.

One of the biggest benefits in seeing a nutritionist is, obviously, if you’re looking to lose weight.  Whether you have a slow metabolism, need calorie adjustments, or need more information on what makes a food “healthy,” a nutritionist is able to help you.  Reading labels can be a good step in the right direction, but a nutritionist has expert training that can show you details you may have overlooked.

Hand-in-hand with weight loss come vegetarian diets.  Many people choose to cut out unhealthy foods by simply focusing on eating only vegetarians and plant-based proteins.  Celebrities tout this style of diet, but what they’re not telling you is that they have a team of nutritionists and chefs keeping their nutritional needs balanced.  If you’re looking into becoming a vegetarian, you may want to schedule an appointment with a nutritionist to make sure you aren’t overlooking any important diet supplements or health issues.

A good diet can boost your immune system, cut down on sickness, and even ease PMS symptoms.  Nutritionists can do a variety of tests to see what nutrients you need to bring about these changes.  Diet changes can bring about a huge change for a variety of maladies, like anemia, heart disease, or digestion problems.

If you are an athlete, trying to become more active, or training for any sort of activity, a nutritionist might be able to give you the energy boost you need to reach your next goal. As you become more active, your dietary needs will change – you’ll need more calories, more protein, and maybe even more fat in your diet.  A nutritionist can show you exactly how to keep up with your body’s needs.

Allergies seem like the realm of pollen and cat dander.  Over-the-counter remedies abound, so why drag a nutritionist into the mix?  You may not be aware that food allergies also exist, and come with symptoms far beyond sniffling and sneezing.  A nutritionist will be able to improve your health and daily life simply by pointing out remedies you didn’t even know you needed.  If you have any unexplainable symptoms, it might be time to see a nutritionist.

Nutritionists can also point out medicine interactions that you didn’t even know existed.  Did you know that hormonal birth control can interfere with caffeine metabolism?  That cranberry juice can inhibit certain kinds of infections?  If you’re looking for some natural remedies, or worried about the efficacy of your prescriptions, a nutritionist can point you in the right direction for the best health.

Most of all, a nutritionist acts as a coach.  They are available to teach you how to make healthy decisions, learn how to cook healthy meals, and discover healthy alternatives to old favorites.  Even if you don’t have any special health or diet concerns, a nutritionist is able to provide you with great recipes that might really shake up your family meals. If you are trying to make a change in your life, using a nutritionist – in addition to seeing your doctor and even a personal trainer – can be the boost you need to really see results.

Jillian Gile is a guest blogger for An Apple a Day and a writer on earning your online nursing degree for the Guide to Health Education.

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