People can consult with dietary professionals for a variety of reasons;
- Weight Loss
- Enhance Sporting Performance
- To address gut-related issues such as bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence, or abdominal pain
- To address skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, or acne
In reference to the health-related issues, why is it that most people develop these challenges? For the vast majority of people the answer can be found in their daily habits and lifestyle. For this reason, a skilled practitioner should take their client’s mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health into consideration.
Practitioners also need to consider all 11 systems of the body to determine the whole picture. Every system in the body can have an influence on the other systems and, as such, it’s important to gain a wider perspective of what might be going on.
For a more complicated health issue, individuals should seek out a more qualified practitioner. Currently, within Australia, the term ‘Nutritionist’ can be used by a wide range of health professionals with varying degrees of academic and clinical experience. This may pose a real danger as anyone these days can call themselves a nutritionist, even personal trainers with zero training or qualifications.
The primary role of an ‘Integrative Health Practitiner’ (IHP) is to help their clients achieve their ‘Good Outcome’. For most clients, this includes a return to optimal health and wellness by overcoming ill-health and disease.
There are however several challenges with the way that most dietitians practice;
- They fail to consider the person’s psycho-emotional state and what kind of influence this will have on outcomes.
- They fail to mentor the client through this transformational process, often handing them a dietary plan and expecting them to implement it themselves and to remain accountable.
- In many cases, the dietitian doesn’t fully analyse all 11 systems of the body, causing them to miss important factors.
In most cases, they view their role as a clinician; the ability to diagnose the problem and then offer nutritional changes and supplements to overcome the problem and/or eliminate the symptoms. However, what is equally important for most clients is the need for someone to mentor them through the process, educate them on what is going on, and to create a strong relationship with them which sets them up to succeed.
Many dietitians and nutritionists simply hand over the nutritional plan and supplements, telling the client to come back in 1-2 months for a review. Making the client independent immediately is a recipe for disaster. In the vast majority of cases the client finds themselves suffering for a reason:
- A lack of understanding of the Foundation Principles of Health
- An inability to follow daily health principles
- A lack of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health (Focusing solely on physical health will not have a longstanding impact)
- An inability to hold themselves accountable on a daily basis – discipline.
At the Body Genius Institute, all of our Integrative Health Practitioners (IHP) have an extensive amount of academic and clinical experience. In addition, they are also highly trained mentors and coaches that follow a detailed clinical pathway from start to finish. It’s this unique blend of skills and Integrative Health system that allows our practitioners to be so successful.
Are you looking to upskill yourself in the area of health and wellness?
We would highly recommend you check out these invaluable resources:
Follow Paul Chek’s Blog – Founder of the C.H.E.K Institute, Paul addresses all aspects of both physical and mental wellbeing.
Spend some time at the Weston A. Price Foundation learning some very wise traditions.
Listen to Sean Cruxton’s Underground Wellness Podcast – Created to help people understand the process of healing, building health from the ground up and balancing the body.
Check out neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, author of ‘Grain Brain’ and ‘Brain Maker.’
Have a laugh with the ever entertaining JP Sears and his humorous look at everything health.
Get real with the invaluable insights of Michael Pollan.
There are several kinds of dietary professionals including functional medicine practitioners and naturopaths.
Functional Medicine is a natural approach to health care which addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both the practitioner and client in a therapeutic partnership. Functional Medicine aims to create balance in these systems to support the healing process. In this approach, the traditional disease-centred focus of medical practice is shifted to a more patient-centred approach, and in doing so, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Naturopathy is a holistic approach based on the principle that the body can heal itself and that, by using nature and gentle therapeutic techniques to treat the whole person (not just the affected area), the body’s natural healing processes can be supported.
Naturopathy encompasses a variety of treatment methods including:
- Herbal Medicine
- Dietary and Nutritional advice
- Lifestyle advice
- The use of compresses and packs
Our Integrative Health Practitioners (IHP) have all the same skills as a dietitian. With over 60 years of combined experience working in the health and wellness industry, our practitioners’ skillset is closer to those of a Functional Medicine Practitioner and Naturopath.
To begin your journey simply give us a call on (08) 9227 6277 and ask to book a complimentary phone consult with one of our Integrative Health Practitioners. This phone consult is valued at over $100 and is complimentary when you mention this article.
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