These two words are often used interchangeable by those who don’t truly know the difference — and there is a difference. While both are considered healthcare professionals and experts on the subject of how diet and dietary supplements can affect your health, these two professions are quite different.
Different education and credentials. Different places of work. Different kinds of patients or clients. Just plain different.
A dietician is refers to someone who is a expert in “dietetics,” which is an area of concern dealing with diet and its effects on a person’s health. Dieticians work with their patients to alter their nutrition based on a medical condition and/or individual health goals. Registered dietitians are most often found working with a medical team in a healthcare facility, or sometimes even in the food service industry or at a university.
There is a lot of schooling needed to become a registered dietician, as well as supervised experience, and continuing professional education is required each year to maintain their board certifications.
Dieticians, who are much more regulated than nutritionists, focus more on the technical and medical side of things, while holistic nutritionists are more concerned with the person as a whole. Many nutritionists do have advanced degrees and have passed board certifications, but technically speaking, in the United States, anyone who offers general nutritional advice can call themselves a “nutritionist.”
Holistic nutrition maintains that a person’s health relies on the interaction between a myriad of things: the physical and chemical, mental and emotional, and spiritual and environmental aspects of one’s life and being.
It’s when you look at all of these things combined that you can truly understand how the body is working, and help it to heal. Those who are trained in holistic nutrition use the “whole-person perspective” to help their patients, providing them with the best customized treatment that fits their individual needs.
Holistic nutritionists educate their patients so that they are fully engaged in their journey to recovering from whatever ailments they are suffering from. Holistic nutritionists believe in the concept that these health conditions will not just magically disappear with a pill that masks the symptoms; you have to find the root of the issue, and treat it from the inside out.
At Integrative Acupuncture we use Holistic Nutrition to focus on a natural approach to health and wellness. If this natural approach to healing the body is what you have been looking for, contact our office today at 561-819-0530 to schedule an appointment with one of our two board-certified holistic nutritionists.
We cover areas of concern including cardiovascular and blood sugar issues, obesity, digestive disorders, mood and cognition, stress-related issues, bone and joint disorders, and women and men-specific issues such as menopause and hormone imbalance, and low testosterone, respectively.