Wellness Center: Integrative Medicine: Nutritional Counseling
Nutritional CounselingWhat Is It?
The science of nutrition studies the relationship between what we eat and our health, and seeks to explain metabolic and physiological responses of the body to a diet. Health is the most precious gift that life gives us. By taking care of our bodies not only we prevent diseases and increase our life expectancy, but also greatly improve the quality of our lives. The type, quality and quantity of food we eat have a profound influence on our health and well-being. The goal of whole food nutrition is to provide the optimal amount of macro nutrients (protein, fats, carbohydrates), micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals), phytonutrients (plant alkaloids) and vital factors (enzymes) that insure and restore normal body's function. In 400 BC Hippocrates, an ancient Greek physician, said "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food".
Whole food nutrition should not be confused with temporary diets and popular weight loss programs. Rather, it is a lifestyle of permanent and conscientious efforts to improve and modify what we eat and how we conduct ourselves.
Everyone will improve and benefit from an individualized diet plan based on the person's specific needs and preferences. Whether you are healthy and trying to maintain your vitality, or you have chronic illness and are attempting to improve your condition, whether you are young or old - you will be able to increase your energy, reduce or optimize your weight, prevent chronic diseases, add quality to your life, and ultimately achieve balanced life of happiness, fulfillment and wellness.
Nutritional therapy for dietary counseling includes the following:
- Assessment of dietary intake
- Individualized nutrition & diet counseling
- Encouragement of moderate physical activities
- Reinforcement of dietary principles during follow up visits with evaluation of response to the diet
The fundamental goal of whole food nutrition is to provide your body with inner power to heal itself. Deficiencies, excesses and imbalances in diet can adversely affect health, lead to fatigue, headaches, indigestion, back pain, weight gain, allergies, insomnia and, consequently, cause numerous diseases.
Proper nutrition plays a major role in the prevention, treatment, and cure of most diseases and sicknesses. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and fibers found in our food are the strongest defense against premature aging, obesity, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, osteoporosis, allergies and many other illnesses.
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