Nutrition Specialist

Integrative Family Medicine

Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine located in Columbia, MD & Gaithersburg, MD

Good nutrition can make a world of difference in the quality of your life. At Integrative Family Medicine in Gaithersburg and Columbia, Maryland, the experienced team of providers will help you discover how getting the right nutrition can impact your health. They’ll create a comprehensive nutrition and healthy living plan that will help you live well and manage health conditions in the most natural way possible. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Nutrition Q & A

Why is good nutrition so important?

Food provides the energy and nutrients your body needs to stay healthy or fight disease. Nutrients, such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals, are essential for a healthy mind and body. Good nutrition isn’t that hard to maintain, yet so many Americans don’t get proper nutrition because they eat on the run or consume too many unhealthy foods.  

To get the nutrients your body needs to function at its best, you should:

  • Eat a variety of foods
  • Eat vegetables and fruits
  • Eat whole grains
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit the amount of salt in your diet
  • Limit sugars in your diet, such as fructose
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol

We also encourage our patients to cut out all processed foods. Processed foods contain trans fats, which aren’t very healthy in large quantities. Additionally, healthier nutritional choices can lower your risk of developing diabetes or help you manage it more effectively, since the food you eat directly impacts your blood sugar levels.

How can I transition to a healthier, more nutritional diet?

The team at Integrative Family Medicine takes a whole-person approach in helping you eat a more nutritious diet. They’ll determine which vitamins or minerals your body may need more of, and they’ll help you understand what foods you need to cut back on. Often, this professional guidance and monitoring can help patients transition more easily to a healthier diet and lifestyle, since you’re getting the support you need.

The team will monitor your vital signs, your blood pressure, and your overall health as you embark on your new and improved approach to nutrition. The team will help you understand which foods are the most nutrient-dense and how to eat them in the right quantities. They’ll also make sure you get enough proteins, vitamins, and minerals, so you feel better and have more energy.

Will I need to take supplements?

If your doctor determines that your body is in need of more minerals, they may recommend vitamin D, vitamin B, calcium, and/or other supplements. Supplements are not a replacement for eating healthier foods. Rather, they are a complement to your new nutrition plan.

From looking and feeling better to lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol naturally, eating right has a multitude of benefits. If you want to learn how eating and exercising right can help you, book an appointment with Integrative Family Medicine online or over the phone today.

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