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What is Trauma?

According to the National Institutes of Health, a traumatic event is a shocking, frightening, dangerous, or violent event that can affect someone physically or emotionally. Traumatic experiences can initiate strong emotions and physical reactions that can persist long after the event, which can eventually lead to physical or mental diseases.

What is Stress?

According to the National Institutes of Health, "stress is a physical and emotional reaction that people experience as they encounter challenges in life." Stress triggers a cascade of hormonal reactions in the body that produce the fight-or-flight response (the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change). These physiological reactions can influence nutritional habits in several ways.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is an integrated approach that synergistically combines the principles of nutrition and medicine to address a wide spectrum of health needs.


Actual Definition

According to Chapter 486-Part X, FS and Chapter 64B8-42 of the Florida Administrative Code, MNT is defined as the assessment of nutritional status, the design and implementation of personalized nutrition care plans, and the application of MNT for the treatment of both complex and uncomplicated medical conditions and trauma.

Nutrition for Trauma

How can MNT be used as in clinical practice for people who've experienced trauma?

The integrative nature of MNT involves nutritional treatment and counseling techniques that combine cellular pathways of human biochemistry with psychological and behavioral dimensions for both eating and lifestyle choices. It goes beyond traditional paradigms and personalizes therapies to adapt to individual circumstances.


How does MNT help with trauma-induced or stress-induced lifestyle recovery?

The principles of MNT find relevance through many different facets, including: recognizing the metabolic effects of nutritional signs of trauma and/or stress, food choices, appetite changes, dietary addiction approaches, emotional eating, and utilizing body-mind-spirit practices, mindfulness techniques, and nutritional self-care strategies. Understanding these focus areas can build a stable self-help foundation for those with lived trauma or extremely stressful lives, encouraging a profound impact on informed choices, nutrition knowledge, and mastery of self-directed practices, leading to the ability to live productive lifestyles. 

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