Clinical Nutrition: Eating For Your Needs – Dr. Erin Edmonds, BSc., ND

There is so much information out there on nutrition, diets, and “how you should be eating” that it can easily become very overwhelming. Just google the word “diet” and you will find 20+ different programs all claiming to be the best, most effective way to eat. Each one is marketed more cleverly than the last, making you think you should be living off only red meat, or lemon juice and cayenne, or bananas (which is bananas..).

What none of those diets will tell you is there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to nutrition. Every person is different. Not just on a genetic level, but we all have a different flora of bacteria living in our digestive tract that affects how we each digest food. We each have unique health needs based on the medications or natural health supplements we take, any existing medical concerns, our family medical history, level of activity, the list goes on.

So now you’re probably wondering “well if there is no one size fits all, how do I find the right diet for me?”. It’s time we strip down the hype and marketing of fad diets and take it back to the basics:  Clinical Nutrition. Clinical Nutrition is a research-based approach to nutrition which considers your predisposition to disease based on your family history, your current health concerns, any nutrient-deficiencies from medications, supplements, herbal products, etc. and optimizes your diet with foods that have the micronutrients that your body specifically needs. It is individualized and works not only to fuel your body for its current needs, but also works in the prevention of future disease development and progression.

So how is this different from everything else out there? Well first of all, it’s not a fad diet. It is an evidence-based approach to individualized nutrition. For example, lets take someone who has IBS, a high-stress corporate job, and wakes up at 5am every weekday to train with their personal trainer for an hour. They will have significantly different nutritional needs than someone who has rheumatoid arthritis, is pre-diabetic, and gets a migraine once a month; or someone who is new to exercise, looking to lose weight, but has low energy. Clinical nutrition gets you looking at food as fuel for your body, supporting it, instead of slowing you down. It can be tailored to not only your nutritional needs, but to your weight loss, or, or muscle-gain goals.

Clinical Nutrition is one of the main treatment modalities that licensed Naturopathic Doctors (ND) use to address a never-ending list of medical concerns and weight management goals. Find yourself an ND who can structure a plan for you based on your individual needs and goals and get on the right track to optimizing your health!

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