Holli Lapes

Holli Lapes

What is the difference between a Nutritionist/Health Coach and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD or RDN)?

A nutritionist or health coach is an unregulated term that can refer to basically anyone! Sometimes, a nutritionist or dietitian is used as an abbreviation, or short hand, for a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). If it’s unclear, just ask the health professional to clarify their credentials. An RDN has completed at least a Bachelor of Science degree (or higher) from an accredited university plus an 8 month internship in the field and has passed a state exam.

How can an RDN help me with my skin?

Diet has a huge impact on skin health. For example, some people have allergies or sensitives to food, chemicals and other things in the environment that could be causing skin issues. Food allergies are true allergies and involve a different immune response than food sensitivities. An RDN can help an individual identify patterns in their diet that could be causing a skin problem, recommend a specific type of diet for their skin problem and can also recommend different kinds of diagnostic testing that confirms a food allergy or sensitivity.

Other nutritional factors that can affect skin health are nutritional deficiencies, lack of adequate hydration and too much sugar. The dietitian is an expert that can help identify where the issue is and can then help create a plan of action. Life is hard enough as it is, let a nutrition expert help take the guess work out of the picture!

What are some anti-aging strategies that can help people age more gracefully?

We tend to think of skin as an external factor of aging. However, there are plenty of ways to nourish your skin from within!

Certain cooking methods can actually cause damage to the body and overtime, can cause you to look older. For example, grilling is one of the worst methods of cooking. That delicious char that you get from grilling is actually terrible for the body, especially if you eat grilled foods regularly. Steaming is a better cooking method to use.

If you have uncontrolled diabetes, this can also cause you to age faster. Even if you do not have diabetes but regularly consume a lot of sugar – this can also damage your cells.
Include plenty of antioxidants (like from berries) in your diet to help your skin repair itself. Also, use topical skin care products that contain hyaluronic acid and antioxidants (such as vitamin c or green tea).

Holli Lapes, RD, LD/N is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in South Florida and owner of MyWellness RD LLC – Nutrition & Wellness Services. Visit her website MyWellnessRD.com to learn more about healthy eating in South Florida. You can email her directly at MyWellnessDietitian@gmail.com. She works full time at Life Extension as a health blogger & social media content specialist. Holli is also the founder of The South Florida Sage (http://thesoflasage.com/) a food & drink blog featuring culinary experiences from the Miami, Broward and Palm Beach area.

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