We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What does a Nutritional Therapist do?

Mary McMahon
By
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A nutritional therapist meets with clients to make diet and exercise recommendations for health, tailoring these recommendations to the specifics of a patient's situation. This is a form of complementary and alternative medicine, focusing on the use of diet to improve health. Education requirements vary, depending on where someone practices and what kinds of services the nutritional therapist wants to offer. Some people attend formal certification programs and may be registered dieticians, while others may offer nutritional therapy as an adjunct to a main clinical practice like chiropractic medicine.

The philosophy a nutritional therapist uses can vary, depending on where he trains. Generally, nutritional therapists believe everyone has unique dietary needs, making it necessary to tailor a diet to the individual, rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach. These practitioners also believe many health issues can be traced back to dietary problems, and can use diet as preventative medicine to prevent illness, as well as offering treatments to help people address ongoing health problems.

When a client meets with a nutritional therapist, the two will discuss why the client is seeking help and the therapist will ask a series of questions to collect information about medical history, documented issues, and the client's current dietary habits. The therapist can make recommendations for adjustments, usually revolving around integrating more whole foods like fresh fruit, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables. The client may also need to eat a more varied diet to meet nutritional requirements.

In follow-up appointments, the nutritional therapist can discuss how the patient feels and make adjustments to the recommendations. These can include adding new foods, taking foods that are not working out of the diet, and working with the patient on developing an exercise plan. The nutritional therapist helps the client make permanent lifestyle changes with the goal of improving overall health and wellness. The therapist may work with other care providers to make sure the client's needs are met.

Nutritional therapists can work in clinics and standalone practices, and the rate of pay available varies. People with more certifications and experience usually make more money. Freelancers need to consider costs of doing business like maintaining premises, buying adequate insurance, and so forth. People working for clinics may need to follow specific protocols, but have their advertising, insurance, and other costs met by the practice, allowing them to focus on working with clients instead of having to run their own businesses while providing care.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a WiseGEEK researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments

Mary McMahon

Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.