What is Nutrition Therapy?
I completed my Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT) certification through the Nutrition Therapy Institute (NTI) in Denver, CO. NTI's program is rigorous and provided a deep knowledge of nutrition, including two years of classroom study, 600 hours of intensive coursework, thesis research and presentation, and internship.
Nutrition therapy uses assessment, health history, and lab testing to identify health issues. These issues are addressed through diet, lifestyle changes and targeted nutrients (through food or supplements). My personal goal in nutrition therapy is to use properly prepared, nutrient dense whole foods and lifestyle modifications as the primary therapeutic foundation. Beyond that, natural supplements may be very helpful to facilitate health.
Nutrition therapy can reduce the risk of developing complications in pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, as well as ameliorate the effects any existing conditions such as high cholesterol. Nutrition therapy may also be used to address history of specific family diseases: as most of us know, many medical conditions either develop or are made worse by an improper or unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
Nutritional therapists do not diagnose or treat disease, but work to correct imbalances with the goal of gently guiding individuals back on the path to health.