What is Nutrition?
Nutritional medicine draws on both current scientific research and traditional food wisdom to gain a holistic understanding of health and disease. It is an evidence-based practice which helps in the prevention and management of numerous health conditions, including:
- digestive complaints & gut health (e.g. bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, IBS, IBD, heartburn/reflux/GERD, gastritis, etc.)
- stress, fatigue and sleep issues
- mood and mental health (e.g. anxiety, depression, ADHD)
- allergies and autoimmune disease
- acne, eczema and skin concerns
- metabolic and endocrine disorders (e.g. diabetes, hypothyroid/hyperthyroid, endometriosis, PCOS etc.)
- fertility, pre and postnatal issues
- weight management (e.g. weight loss or weight gain).
At Morkare, we use a multidimensional approach to bring the body back into balance by investigating the many factors which can affect your health and nutrition, including:
- nutrient adequacy/deficiency
- food quality/intake
- dietary behaviours
- lifestyle and environmental factors
This information is used to create a personalised treatment plan, with the understanding that everyone is unique and there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to a person’s health and wellbeing.
We understand that every person is individual in terms of their biochemistry, metabolism, lifestyle and genetics – all of which affect our ability to process foods, absorb nutrients, and detoxify and remove wastes. Nutrition plays a significant role in virtually every medical condition which is why correcting nutritional imbalances is fundamental in supporting and strengthening your natural healing abilities as well as addressing the underlying cause of health issues.
Since we understand the holistic nature in which the body works, we spend time investigating other factors contributing to disease and illness by considering how the body functions as a whole, rather than solely treating symptoms.
We have at our fingertips numerous functional pathology options to dive deeper into your gut health, microbiome, toxic burden, food intolerances, hormones and more – all to ensure we get the best results for you and your health.
Both Nutritionists and Dieticians practise evidence-based medicine and have a similar overarching purpose – better food, better health and wellbeing for all.
However, one of the key differences is that Nutritionists tend to work in the natural health industry utilising a holistic approach to healing, which takes into consideration the whole person, mind, body and soul. Nutritionists recognise that disease is complex and caused by a combination of biochemical, genetic, dietary and lifestyle factors requiring individualised or ‘personalised’ treatment and care.
Their qualifications and advice go beyond diet, food preparation and menu planning to the many other factors contributing to disease and illness by considering how the body functions as a whole.
Dietitians often work in settings aligned with the traditional medical system such as hospitals, private practice, nursing homes and community care delivering dietary counselling, medical nutrition therapy and group dietary therapy for the management of disease and illness.