Among the most important things you can do to protect your long-term health is to improve your nutrition. At Center For Digestive Healing in Cudahy, California, Lourdes G. Bahamonde, DO, offers customized nutritional plans that ensure you’re giving your body the essential vitamins and proteins you need to stay healthy. Dr. Bahamonde works closely with you to make dietary and lifestyle changes so that your health improves and you reduce your risk of developing chronic disease. To schedule a nutrition consultation, book an appointment online or call Center For Digestive Healing today.
Nutrition focuses on the foods you eat and how your body uses the nutrients from your diet to function correctly. Two essential things your body needs for good health are micronutrients and macronutrients.
Macronutrients are the nutrients that you need large quantities of to function. Macronutrients include carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Water is also a macronutrient that you need to stay alive.
Micronutrients are essential nutrients that you need but in much smaller amounts than macronutrients. These include vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
When you don’t give your body the right nutrition, you increase your risk of developing illnesses and chronic diseases. Poor nutrition can also increase your risk of becoming obese, developing chronic fatigue, and being susceptible to mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
A well-balanced diet and good eating habits are essential to maintain good health. Dr. Bahamonde also values the importance of proper nutrition to manage and prevent various diseases and disorders that affect your gastrointestinal health.
You can benefit from nutrition counseling if you have existing health issues like high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Learning how to eat healthily can have a positive effect on the overall management of your condition.
Nutrition counseling also benefits anyone wanting to lose weight and improve their general health. Because of the overwhelming number of fad diets and weight loss information available, it can be hard to improve your diet on your own.
You can visit with Dr. Bahamonde for nutritional counseling in her office or through the convenient telemedicine platform. Telemedicine allows you to connect with her on your smartphone or computer using video conferencing.
To help you improve your eating habits, Dr. Bahamonde spends time reviewing your medical history, your existing health, and your current diet. She also discusses your lifestyle to better determine what your nutritional needs are.
You may need blood work to identify nutritional deficiencies, like low iron, or minimally invasive procedures to check for inflammation and other abnormalities in your gastrointestinal tract.
Once Dr. Bahamonde understands more about you, she designs a nutritional plan that ensures you’re getting the essential macronutrients and micronutrients you need. If you’re not able to get enough nutrients from your diet, she’ll recommend over-the-counter or prescription supplemental vitamins and minerals.
If you have underlying gastrointestinal issues, Dr. Bahamonde can create a diet plan that limits certain foods to prevent gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. If your goal is to lose weight, she can suggest exercises and activities that you can do to shed excess pounds.
It’s never too late to improve your nutrition. Call Center For Digestive Healing today or book an appointment online.