Following the functional medicine model, Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is the “development, education, and oversight of a custom, results-driven, and sustainable diet and lifestyle program” to solve specific health goals. MNT is helpful and important to all individuals, but it is vital to a patient trying to overcome health concerns or metabolic imbalances. Nutrition and MNT effectively support hormone, immune, and mood balance.
MNT is fundamentally a Personalized Nutrition protocol created for an individual. This process includes a detailed assessment of past and current eating habits, lab work, medical history, physician recommendations, lifestyle, and other factors. A patient needs to understand how food can work as medicine to help the body heal and become optimized.
A nutritionist providing MNT from the functional medicine approach is called a “Functional Nutritionist.”