Are cleanses or detox diets recommended?
These types of diets are not recommended for sustainable results and because they may lack certain nutrients while on them.
One of the most important nutrients people forget about when they start doing a cleanse or a "detox" diet is protein. For this reason, and others, it is never advisable to begin any diet that restricts entire food groups without seeking the advice of a professional first.
What is gluten and is it bad for your health?
Gluten is name of the protein found in grains like wheat , rye, barley and triticale. Gluten is needed in these grains to provide structure and elasticity. Unless you have celiac disease, there is no need to eliminate gluten from your diet.
A lot of times, eating too many carbohydrates throughout the day, in combination with other foods, may be what is actually contributing to symptoms of bloating and fullness, and not the gluten itself. With the help of a nutrition expert you can figure if you have any food sensitivities, but be careful about commencing an elimination diet on your own.
Like with any other diet changes you want to incorporate, seek the advice of a professional to ensure you are leading a healthy and balanced diet.
Registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) versus a non-credentialed nutritionist?
The words Dietitian and Nutrition can often be used interchangeably but they are not regulated in the same way. All registered dietitians can call themselves nutritionists but not all nutritionists can call themselves dietitians. This is why the Commission on Dietetic Registration has added "Nutritionist" to the RD credential, but it is not mandatory to use.
To put it more succinctly, "Only nutritionists that become registered with Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) may legally declare themselves as dietitians or more precisely, registered dietitians (RDs). Unlike dietitians, the nutritionist profession is much less protected under the law. In fact, nutritionists that do not intend to use the titles of “dietitian” or “registered dietitian” are often free from government regulation. Some states may require nutritionists to obtain an occupational license from a Board of Nutrition, while other states allow individuals to practice as nutritionists without any previous education, training or work experience."
If you have or will be seeing someone who is a nutritionist, be sure they have the RD or RDN credential.
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