What Is Medical Nutritional Therapy?

Let’s face it, there is no shortage of nutrition information and advice, which is often contradictory and sometimes incorrect.  Many people have trouble applying this advice even when it is correct and helpful.  There is a better way to sort this out and personalize your nutrition and it is called Medical Nutritional Therapy.

Medical Nutritional Therapy (MNT), generally provided by a Registered Dietitian, is considered an essential and cost effective part of comprehensive healthcare and involves the following steps:

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  • Nutrition Assessment - includes review and analysis of medical and dietary history, laboratory data, anthropometric measurements, physical nutritional exam, lifestyle factors, genetic considerations
  • Nutrition Diagnosis - problems, etiology, signs and symptoms, and risks of developing further nutritional problems are identified
  • Nutrition Intervention - a care plan is begun that can include dietary and lifestyle changes as well as supplements, and medical nutritional formulas
  • Nutrition Monitoring and Evaluation - the path here is often not linear, requiring adjustments along the way, so be patient and stick with it

MNT produces positive health outcomes (including disease reversal) utilizing specific nutrition interventions and is an integral part of the treatment plan in many conditions including the following:

  • Obesity
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Neurologic Diseases
  • Liver Disease
  • Renal Disease
  •  Gastrointestinal Disorders
  •  Food Allergy, Sensitivity and Intolerance

So, if you find yourself to be among a growing number of people with a chronic disease, there are many things that can be done through MNT.  However, as a Dietitian in Functional Medicine, I believe you should know that most chronic conditions can be prevented…

There is an exciting and growing body of evidence that shows we interact biochemically with our genes (and can change our genetic expression) through nutrition. In fact, everything we ingest has a conversation with our bodies and either moves us toward greater health and vitality or toward disease.   I urge you to improve this conversation before you find yourself with one of the above chronic conditions. Take care of your biochemistry and let food nourish and support you in all that you do.

 

Blog Contributor

Blog Contributor

Robin Corley, RD, CMT, RYT, CYT is a Southern California based Registered Dietitian, Massage Therapist, and Yoga Therapist who unites her knowledge of healing in a practice called Functional Medicine Therapy.  She received a B.S. in Biology from Rutgers University and completed her Internship in Nutrition and Dietetics at University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Medical Center.  You can reach Robin at her website www.FunctionalMedicineTherapy.com

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