Nutrition with Alice

Alice Rajakumar ITR Physical Therapy
Alice Rajakumar, MS, RD

What is Functional Nutrition?

You’ve heard the old saying, “you are what you eat.” It’s true! Your body draws what it needs to survive and hopefully thrive from the foods you eat. Food is fuel for your cells. The food you eat can sometimes affect you negatively.  The wrong foods can cause inflammation. Inflammation leads to symptoms like bloating, constipationIBS, fatigue, body aches, and more. These symptoms can be used as clues to pinpoint suboptimal functioning of your body. This is where Functional Nutrition can help you!

Functional Nutrition is nutrition-based care that is focused on building health by restoring proper physiological functioning of the body and the digestive system.   At ITR Physical Therapy, your functional nutritionist will analyze the whole picture — diet, symptoms, illness history, medications, lifestyle, toxic exposure, history of antibiotic use, stress, lab work, etc. Your functional nutritionist is able to put together an overall plan that will serve as a guiding star to get the personalized nutrition you need to help your body to regain health and prevent illness. Proper nutrition will help your body achieve and maintain the gains you make alongside manual and physical therapy. Let’s book an appointment today!

Education

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition
University of Pittsburgh, 2008

Master of Science in Food Science
Drexel University, 2013

About Alice

Alice Rajakumar is a Registered Dietitian, ACE Certified Health Coach. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and then began her career there as a cross coverage Dietitian and was part of a multi-disciplinary team to evaluate patients in the Renal Transplant clinic. Over the last five years, Alice has been providing telephonic nutrition coaching to members of Optum Health. She has worked with many teams and has been honing her skills on Motivational Interviewing and being more productive in the field of virtual counseling. 

She has taken advanced classes in functional nutrition and is excited to help clients from a holistic approach to fine tune one’s diet to fit into their lifestyle. 

Alice can help you alter your diet based on medical and individual needs. She can assess, diagnose, and treat nutritional problems. What are you waiting for? Schedule a session with Alice today!

What is required to be a Dietitian?

A registered dietitian (RD) is a food and nutrition expert who has successfully completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work approved by The American Dietetic Association (ADA); an ADA-accredited or approved, supervised practice program, typically 6 to 12 months in length; a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration; and continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration. – From the The National Provider Identifier (NPI)