This involves testing hair, urine, stools and/or blood for nutrient deficiency or intolerance such as the York Testing Service. Testing is usually remote, with samples sent to specialised laboratories. Advice is given by naturopaths on diet modifications and nutritional supplementation. The nutrition advisor provides information, educational materials, support, and follow-up to help the individual make and maintain the needed dietary changes. The goal of nutrition advisor is to help a person make and maintain dietary changes
WHAT TO EXPECT
This usually begins with an interview in which the advisor asks questions about a person's typical food intake. Nutrition advisors use different methods to assess typical food intake. The 24-hour recall method is a listing of all the foods and beverages a person consumed within the previous 24-hour period. A food frequency questionnaire can sometimes provide a more accurate picture of a person's typical eating patterns. They may as well assess an individual’s body weight. The initial dietary assessment and interview provide the basis for identifying behaviours that need to be changed. The nutrition advisor and the client work together to identify areas where change is needed.
It can improve health condition or prevent complications through dietary modifications, according to the American Dietetic Association. You may benefit from it if you're overweight or have certain conditions, including some types of cancer, heart disease, food allergies, HIV or AIDS, kidney disease, or type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Another benefit is that unlike treatments that require regular administration at a clinic, you can follow the diet at home.
The advice can often be preachy and unscientific. Supplementation regimes can be expensive and difficult/impractical/expensive to maintain. However, people must be aware that there are a sufficient number of practicing nutritionists without appropriate qualifications and that could be a potential danger to your health.