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What’s the difference between nutritional therapists, nutritionists and dieticians?

Apple with bit in the shape of a heartYou may have heard all of the above terms used when talking about people who can help with nutrition, but what do the different terms mean and what is the difference between them?

Nutritional Therapists

Nutritional Therapists usually work in private practice and see clients on a one-to-one basis. They recognise that every person is unique and are trained to apply their knowledge of nutrition science to identify and address the underlying causes of symptoms, health conditions and diseases. Nutritional therapy is complementary to conventional treatment and is appropriate for chronic conditions as well as the prevention of future illness and health optimisation.

Nutritional Therapy may be beneficial for a wide range of issues including digestive complaints, weight issues, autoimmune disease, fatigue and hormonal imbalances. And it’s not all about nutrition: a Nutritional Therapy will also consider the impact of a client’s lifestyle such as sleep and stress on any symptoms.

All of the Nutritional Therapists at Irrefutable Health are registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) which was set up with government support to protect the public. The CNHC is a professional body….


Nutritionists usually work for public bodies or for the government and may advise on health and nutrition issues and generate information for employers or members of the public. They may also work in research, industry or education. Nutritionists can make recommendations about food and healthy eating to prevent or help certain but cannot offer dietary advice to people with medical conditions.

‘Registered Nutritionists’ or ‘Registered Public Health Nutritionists” are registered with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) which means they have studied an accredited course or can provide evidence of strong knowledge of nutrition. They can also recommend supplements that have been approved by the NHS.


Dieticians mainly work within the NHS and typically advise people with specific medical conditions such as……

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