Clinical Nutrition refers to using phytonutrients which are vitamins, minerals, herbals and other nutrients naturally found in nature, to improve the function and health of a patient. Clinical Nutrition when combined with lifestyle changes, dietary changes and exercise can make a dramatic improvement in the quality of life of even the most seriously ill patient. While Clinical Nutrition is not used to treat specific diseases, by incorporating its concepts into the care of these patient dramatic relief and the reversal of their signs and symptoms will often occur.
Clinical Nutrition is among the oldest forms of medicine, but was long forgotten and replaced with medications. Today, many physicians are returning to the basics to improve the health of their patients. By incorporating the principals of Clinical Nutrition physicians and patients have been given a pathway back to improving the balance and function of the body leading to restored health.
An example of how Clinical Nutrition can be used... A fibromyalgia patient has very few drug choices to help with their disease, but there are several know phytonutrients that have been shown to help. Fibromyalgia patients have shown to improve when lifestyle changes, dietary changes and nutritional support are added into their treatment protocol. By supporting the extra dietary needs and reducing the inflammatory foods associated with Fibromyalgia patients can feel remarkable relief.
Another example... A diabetic may be on medication but still cannot keep their sugar levels in range. A clinical nutritionist can help the patient with their diet, set up an exercise plan and indicate which phytonutrients will help the body restore balance and function. The patient may find in the future that the lifestyle changes and phytonutrients are enough to stabilize them within a health range and be able to reduce their medications.
Clinical Nutrition can help with help improve the quality of life of just about everyone. The real benefits are seen in patients with chronic and serious conditions that do not respond to more traditional therapies and medications.