A nutritionist is a person who advises others on matters of food and nutrition and their impacts on health. Some people specialize in particular areas, such as sports nutrition, public health, or animal nutrition, among other disciplines. In many countries, a person can claim to be a nutritionist even without any training, education, or professional license, in contrast to a dietitian, who has a university degree, professional license, and certification for professional practice.
Dietitians and nutritionists in India held about 150,000 jobs in 2011. More than half of all dietitians and nutritionists worked in hospitals, nursing homes, and physician's offices and clinics.
Several professional associations are available to serve nutritionists, dietitians, and food technologists in India, e.g., Nutrition Society of India, Food Scientists and Nutritionists Association India, Indian Dietetic Association, etc.
Benefits of Seeing a Nutritionist
1. Prevention of Illnesses
Your diet is one of the most critical factors in determining the state of your health. Food can improve your immune system and prevent your body from getting sick. A certified nutrition specialist will instruct you on the right food to eat and in what quantity.
Certain fruits and vegetables such as apples, avocados, and beets are excellent for preventing sicknesses.
The apple is an excellent source of pectin. It lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, and decreases the risk of colon and breast cancers.
If there are illnesses that are common in your family, your nutritionist can help guide your diet to help reduce the chances of inheriting the disease.
2. Management of illnesses
You don't recover from sicknesses by swallowing pills alone. Diet during disease can be as crucial as the pills you take.
As mentioned earlier, you can manage certain sicknesses with the right diet. People living with diabetes, for example, need a lot of protein and vegetables. With the help of a nutritionist, you can find out which food is right for you. Diabetics should also stay away from sugary food. But do you know that sweet potato is healthy?
High blood pressure is a sickness that costs the nation about 48 billion dollars every year. Alternatively, it can be managed with a proper diet. Leafy greens, berries, and red beets are examples of food that lower blood pressure.
A nutritionist will help you find more.
3. They Help You Decipher the Facts
Nutritionists are trained and thus know more than you can find out by reading labels. They can help you see the difference between dietary myths and realities. Specific food items are useful in some quantities while others should be avoided.
Certain 'health-foods' are more dangerous than you think.
A search through the internet may not provide enough information as everybody has a different health situation.
Fruits are the typical go-to snack for people looking for natural foods. Unfortunately, not every fruit is healthy. A nutritionist will help you figure out which to avoid.
4. Personalize Your Nutrition and Develop Recipes
Several factors determine what your diet should be. Age, height, and weight are elements that may help identify which foods are right for you. Special needs, family history, and your current health condition will also influence your diet.
There are different dietary requirements for distinct goals that you may have. A person looking to lose weight may not have the same dietary needs as someone training for the Olympics.
It is easy to lump some food types together and go with what you know, but a professional will guide you in the right direction.
5. More Energy
You need to eat the right food in the right amount at the right time to maintain healthy energy levels. Tiredness and lethargy, including that afternoon slump, can be a sign of poor feeding habits. A nutritionist can study your feeding pattern and determine if you are eating enough of the right vitamins and minerals.
6. Motivation and Support
Besides providing information, your nutritionist can also provide motivation and support. They are responsible for you, and you are, in turn, accountable to them.
Food is personal and central to other aspects of life. Changing your diet means, in some cases, making a significant lifestyle change. It is better if you have someone you know and trust to help you through the process. Making these changes can also be emotional, and you may need a firm professional who can guide you and provide the support you need.
It's also good to have someone apart from television celebrities telling you if you're eating healthy.
7. Reduces Aging
What you eat affects your skin. Poor dieting accelerates the aging process of your skin and teeth. There are several food items you may be eating that could be changing the way you look.
Too much sugar, charred meat, and salty food all affect what happens to your skin.
A fit liver leads to healthy skin. Too much alcohol hurts your liver. Alcohol dehydrates your body and affects your sleep. A study by Case Western Reserve University found this to cause accelerated aging.