What is a Registered Dietitian, (R.D.)?
People seek guidance from an R.D. for many reasons. Some individuals are concerned with wellness and disease prevention issues, such as learning to eat healthier to decrease the risk of heart disease, cancer, other chronic diseases and help with eating disorders. One of the most obvious, yet under-recognized factors in the development of major trends in mental health is the role of nutrition. The body of evidence linking diet and mental health is growing at a rapid pace. As well as its impact on short and long-term mental health, the evidence indicates that food plays an important contributing role in the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems. A registered, licensed dietitian practices the science of medical nutrition therapy. Based on your nutritional status, mental health condition, injury or illness, our dietitian will work with you to optimize your treatment and aid your recovery.
Not all “nutritionists” have the same expertise or training. It is important to check their training and credentials.
Medical Nutrition Therapy provided by a Registered Dietitian has helped:
- Manage Depression, Anxiety, ADHD and Alzheimer’s, Bipolar Disorder, Autism, Addictions and OCD.
- Getting control of emotional eating.
- Balance mood and feelings of well being.
- Manage overweight/obesity issues and eating disorders
- Lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels to normal.
- Lower body weight, which reduces the risk for many chronic diseases associated with obesity.
- Diabetes Education- Improve blood glucose levels and control high blood pressure, reducing or eliminating medications for diabetes and hypertension.
To find out more about the link between nutrition and mental health please follow the link below;
National Institute of Health: Understanding nutrition, depression and mental health.
Jamie Gardella-Taylor, MS, RD, LDN.