Proper nutrition is an essential component of weight management, disease prevention, and overall well-being. With guidance from Janet Goodfellow, MD, Sheryl Long, MD, and Ronald Young, MD, at Irvine Family Care, you can get expert help in healthy living. Located in Irvine, California, the experienced team provides men, women, and children nutrition education and support so they can reach their fullest potential. Call to schedule a nutrition consultation today.
Why is nutrition important?
Good nutrition provides the essential components your body needs to grow, develop, and heal from illness. In addition to your body’s need for calories as a source of energy, your body also needs carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals in order to function properly.
Carbohydrates provide energy to your muscles and brain, while proteins help build muscle. Fats provide energy and support brain health. Vitamins and minerals help wounds heal, support your vision, help transport nutrients through your bloodstream, and promote cell growth.
Your body is constantly breaking down and rebuilding. For example, red blood cells live about four months before being replaced by new blood cells. Proper nutrition allows your body to function through these constant changes.
How can proper nutrition prevent disease?
Eating a healthy diet can help prevent or slow the process of many diseases, including:
Based on your health, symptoms, and lifestyle, your doctor can recommend appropriate nutritional changes to help you.
How can nutrition address allergies and food sensitivities?
With testing, your doctor can determine if you have allergies or sensitivities to certain foods. Your doctor can also help you complete a food log to determine if particular foods are causing your symptoms. Then your doctor can help you develop strategies to reintroduce foods that have triggered allergy symptoms or find alternatives.
What is the Mediterranean diet?
The Mediterranean diet is a popular diet that incorporates a wide range of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, nuts, and grains. The diet aims to support your overall health and can reduce inflammation and diseases. At Irvine Family Care, the medical team will help you adopt a healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, in practical ways.
If you need expert care from doctors you can trust, please call to book an appointment today with Irvine Family Care.