Clinical Nutrition Therapy
Good nutrition happens when we provide ourselves with all the nutrients we need in adequate amounts and in a form the body can absorb and utilize. Much of what we need to achieve good nutrition is acquired from the food we eat, but increasingly, nutritional supplements are needed to keep us healthy in the midst of the stresses and circumstances of our lives, including environmental pollution, excessive food refinement, loss of sleep, exhaustion, emotional strain, dieting, and illness.
Diet vs. Nutrition
Diet is what one eats and drinks and nutrition is what happens inside the body as a result of what one eats and drinks.
Americans Suffer from Nutrition-Related Diseases
More than 1 in 2 Americans are overweight at a cost of 100 billion dollars per year in health costs due to diabetes, heart disease, colon cancer, etc.
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The Role Nutrition Plays in Disease
Nutritional deficiency is one of the basic reasons for aging and disease. The Surgeon General’s Nutrition and Health Report of 1998 stated that 68% of all deaths (2-3 million per year) are nutrition related. Embracing good dietary and supplemental nutrition increases our chances of preventing or postponing many of the diseases that can so negatively impact our quality of life such as heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, and others. Good nutritional support can often provide the foundation for successful treatment.
If you are not starving yourself, can you be nutritionally deficient?
Yes! Sugar, to give one example, is an anti-nutrient; it robs the body of essential nutrients such as B vitamins and zinc and it also decreases the ability of your body’s immune system to function. As we age, our body’s ability to properly digest the food we eat decreases. It is recommended that anyone over the age of 55 take nutritional supplements because of this nutritional deficiency.
CCN’s Role in Nutrition
Certified Clinical Nutritionists (CCNs) are a growing group of dedicated professionals who hold degrees in science and nutrition. CCNs are required to pass a rigorous examination provided by the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB), maintain 40 hours of continuing education every two years, and be re-certified by examination every 5 years.
CCNs offer their services in private practice or in collaboration with other licensed health care professionals who recognize that nutritional dysfunction is at the core of most illnesses today. As educators, researches, and authors, they provide training to professionals, and often enhance community awareness through lectures and other media venues.
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