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Nutrition is critical to your health and wellness. The food you eat fuels your body, providing the energy needed for every function from cell repair to running upstairs, but many people rely on unhealthy, processed convenience foods that are devoid of nutritional value. The team of medical experts at Mountain Medical Arts, PLLC in Burnsville, North Carolina, offer customized nutrition advice and guidance to help you give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy and function. If you want to improve your diet, call Mountain Medical Arts or schedule an appointment online today.

Why is nutrition important?

Nutrition is the supply of nourishment through food to provide your body with everything it needs to function correctly. In addition to optimal body function, your nutrition — or lack thereof — contributes to certain diseases and chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), and certain food allergies and intolerances.

The food you eat can also affect your mood and energy levels. For example, a diet that’s high in sugar and salt can leave you feeling bloated, listless, and irritable. Furthermore, unhealthy eating habits contribute to obesity, which can have a negative impact on your mental health and confidence, as well as your physical health.

What should a nutritious diet include?

You may remember the four food groups or the food pyramid, which provide suggestions of what types of foods to eat and in what quantities. These guidelines create a framework for a nutritious diet. You should aim to eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes (beans), nuts, and lean protein like chicken or fish. You can have red meat and healthy fats in moderation, but they shouldn’t form the bulk of your diet.

You also need to ensure you’re eating the right amount of calories. A calorie is the unit of measurement for the amount of energy in a food product. On average, you should consume around 2,000 calories each day to provide your body with the energy it needs for optimal function. This number is just an estimate as your physical activity levels, muscle mass, and other factors contribute to your caloric needs.

How can a doctor help me improve my nutrition?

The medical experts at Mountain Medical Arts offer comprehensive nutritional consultations to help you improve your diet and overall wellness. They talk to you about what you eat on a daily basis and may ask you to keep a food diary for a few days before your appointment. Your doctor will also order lab work to gather additional information about your health, including your hormone, vitamin, and nutrient levels.

Once your doctor understands your current nutrition, they work with you to create a meal plan that includes a variety of foods you enjoy that provide the nutrition you need. Your doctor may also suggest supplements and antioxidants to ensure your body has everything it needs for optimal functionality.

Call Mountain Medical Arts or schedule a consultation online today to start your journey toward better health through nutrition.