Top 8 Reasons to Visit a Nutritionist

A nutritionist, or dietician, is a person who advises on matters of food and nutrition impacts on health. Such professionals have an understanding of the effects of diet and nutrition on the human body. Nutritionists acknowledge that no two bodies are the same, and they are trained to look for nutrients and vitamins that are missing from your life.


Here  are the top eight reasons why you should visit a nutritionist:

1. You want to lose or gain weight. This is perhaps the most common reason as why many people would believe to visit a nutritional specialist. Consulting with a nutritionist can will help you reach your weight and/or muscle goals in a safe and healthy way. Dieting can be unhealthy and dangerous, and with help from a nutritionist, you can form a diet and exercise plan that will actually work. Although there is no true formula to losing or gaining weight and/or muscle, several exercise specialists would agree that the role of diet is 70 to 80 percent and exercise is 20 to 30 percent. You cannot expect changes in your body without changes in your diet.

2. You have digestive problems. For those with digestive problems, such as acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome, it would be helpful to visit to a nutrition expert. This is because certain foods, such as fried foods, caffeine or carbonated drinks, can intensify digestive problems and aggravate the condition. A nutritionist can help a person with such problems create a diet plan that assuages the feelings of discomfort.

3. You are in pain. Joint pain is derived from inflammation of the lining of the joints or the cartilage in weight-bearing joints, causing pain and stiffness. That being said, anti-inflammation is the cure. Instead of popping a pain killer, eat some food!  Nutritionist have the knowledge of which foods help reduce inflammation and help relieve pain associated with arthritis, stress, and work, and which foods aggravate inflammation and intensify pain.

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4. You are or want to be pregnant. A nutritionist can help hopeful mothers make sure that they get all the pre-natal and post-natal nutrients they need to support a healthy fetus. For example, it is important to ingest folate during the first trimester of pregnancy in order to reduce the newborn’s risk of neural tube or spinal cord defects. And just as important is the knowledge of foods you should not eat. A nutritionist can help you create a diet plan for not only your health, but that of your baby as well.

5. You want to be an athlete. As said above, exercise is not enough. A balanced and well-thought out diet is needed in accordance with regular exercise in order to make an impact, and the same can be said about sports nutrition. Certain activities and sports may require you to build or develop certain kinds of muscle groups or eat a specific diet to maximize your athletic performance. Nutritionists can help you determine the right foods to eat and the foods to avoid.

6. You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure. According to nutritional specialist Dr. Hector L. Lopez Jr., “Nutritional strategies may provide a safe alternative to other treatment methods in medicine, which may carry more risk.” Nutritional medicine, the study of food, its nutrients and how diet affects health and wellbeing. is primarily aimed at chronic illnesses. Eating certain foods, and avoiding others, can help those with diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and/or high blood pressure. For example, people with cardiovascular problems and diabetes are encouraged to limit the sodium in their diets to help prevent or to control high blood pressure – but many people are unaware which foods have high or low sodium, which is where a nutritionist would be able to help.

7. You have an eating disorder. Eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, over exercise and overweight issues are serious conditions that affect both the body and mind. The advice and guidance of a nutritional specialist can help you overcome these issues and get back on track for a health weight and lifestyle.

8. You want to prevent disease and improve health. A nutritionist can help you promote your overall health. Your medical history, family background and medical history, and lifestyle choices can vastly influence your health and risks for conditions, such as certain cancers, diabetes, and cardiovascular problems. A nutritionist, with knowledge your your background, can work with you to create a diet and exercise plan that will lead to a healthier, longer life. He or she will likely suggest certain lifestyle changes, for example, to quit smoking or reduce alcohol consumption. If any of the eight above reasons apply to you or a loved one, don’t waste any time and contact your local nutritional specialist today. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you later.

Jeana Brookes

Jeana is an aspiring lawyer whose interests in health, nutrition, and staying fit. She enjoys informing and engaging others on ways to exercise both the body and mind. In her spare time, when she is not training for marathons or leading her crossfit classes, she studies environmental law and policy with a life-long goal of working in the non-profit sector. She currently is an intern at an environmental law firm in Washington D.C., and has already recruited a few of her co-workers to join her running club.

5 thoughts on “Top 8 Reasons to Visit a Nutritionist

  • February 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    How do you find a good nutritionist? Are there certain things to look for in their qualifications depending on your nutrition goals? Are they all the same? A friend was assigned a nutritionist by her oncologist (for breast cancer), and was told to eat whatever she wanted to make herself feel better. Doesn’t seem right.

  • February 2, 2013 at 11:54 am

    last six months I lost my weight and around the eyes in the dark circle and lose hair which diet is best for my health

    • February 4, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Hi Syed – since I am not a registered dietician, I do not belive I can accurately give you diet advice. However, it would be a good idea to consult with one to figure out which diet is best for you.

  • January 31, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Over the years I have been to umpteen doctors trying to find out what is wrong with me. It was only until I went to a Naturopath that I found out that i had Hashimotos. All that time wasted by medical doctors. Stupid ignorant uncaring bastards.

    • January 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      CATT – I’m sorry for your bad experiences with so many doctors. However, I don’t think it’s a good idea to advise people to stay away from medical doctors completely. Not ALL medical professionals are uncaring…and naturopathic medicine doesn’t cover a lot of areas like emergency medicine and broken bones.


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