The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful
form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison.
What is Clinical Nutrition?
Clinical Nutrition is the study of the relationship between food and a healthy body. More specifically, it is the science of nutrients and how they are digested, absorbed, transported, metabolized, stored, and eliminated by the body. Because everyone has a unique biological identity determined by their genes and environment/lifestyle, their nutritional needs will be as diverse as they are.
Clinical Nutrition vs. a "Healthy Diet"
There has never been a greater need for clinical nutrition. The number of fad diets and the amount of confusing or contradictory nutritional advice seen online today is staggering. It’s no wonder that people are easily confused when it comes to knowing what’s healthy and what isn’t anymore. For example, many experts claim that sprouted grain bread is great for your health, while others say to avoid everything containing wheat or gluten. Rarely is it mentioned that some may be sensitive to the high amount of lectins found in sprouted grains, while others who have healthy gut flora and a balanced immune system can handle certain forms of wheat just fine. Understanding your specific physiology is critical to knowing what to eat and what to avoid, this is the basis for our individualized approach to clinical nutrition.
Determining What's Right for You
We help patients cut through the confusion and determine what diet is best to support them in achieving a lifetime of health and wellness. We offer various in-office tests that help assess your current nutrient status. In addition, we may order special labs that reveal if you have greater needs for certain nutrients or identify any foods that should be avoided. Having a clear picture of what your body needs to thrive is essential to your long term health goals. One of the most wonderful things about Santa Barbara is our access to fresh, organic and delicious foods, which makes eating healthier not only easy, but fun as well. Call us today at (805) 687-0533 to set up a consult and start eating your way to health!