The main role of a Nutritionist is to help patients achieve optimal health through advice on food choices. A Nutritionist is an expert in nutrition, however because the title is not protected by law in the UK, anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist. For your peace of mind you should always check if your Nutritionist has appropriate training and belongs to a respectable professional body.
Dieticians work mainly in the NHS and are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. Their professional body is the British Dietetic Association.
Similarly to a Nutritionist, the title Nutritional Therapist is not currently regulated by law in the UK. For your peace of mind, always ensure that your Nutritional Therapist is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the professional body which was set up with the government support to protect the public. CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapists undergo a high level of a three year training to be eligible for registration. As a Registered Nutritional Therapist I was trained in clinical practice in the principles of Functional Medicine and Naturopathy, to give one-to-one personal health advice. To learn more about my work as a Nutritional Therapist in Surrey and Central London, please feel free to contact me. Please see the Nutritional Therapist page for more information.
A Naturopath is a health practitioner who applies natural therapies. Because Naturopathy is based on principles and not on specific therapy, you can find a Naturopath practicing as a Nutritionist, Herbalist, Acupuncturist or Homeopath. Naturopathic Nutritionist applies nutrition science in the context of naturopathic (natural) medicine. Holistic in approach, Naturopathic Nutritionist integrates both scientific nutrition and the principles of natural medicine.
A Naturopath recognises that everyone is unique, and looks at the entire person including any physical health concerns, as well as any emotional and mental issues. The Naturopath treats the individual, not the disease. To learn more about my work as a Naturopath in Surrey and Central London, please feel free to contact me. Please see the Naturopath page for more information.