Good nutrition is the foundation of health. However, if you don’t eat a balanced diet, you may prevent your body from receiving the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs. At PharmXhealthOne wellness center, with convenient locations in Boynton Beach, on Worth Avenue on the island of Palm Beach, and Port Saint Lucie, Florida, the team offers nutrition therapy to help people of all ages improve their health and vitality. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office and speak with a friendly staff member or book online today.
What is nutrition?
Nutrition refers to the foods and beverages you consume and how they impact your health and quality of life. In short, you are what you eat. What you put into your body affects not only how you function, but how you feel every day.
If you don’t provide your body with the nutrition it needs, you’re more likely to experience issues like heart disease, diabetes, fatigue, certain types of cancer, and hormonal imbalances.
Learning about and implementing proper nutrition ensures that your body has access to important nutrients like carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. When you eat a healthy, nutritious diet, all of your body’s systems benefit. Good nutrition improves physical function, mental clarity, and your life as a whole.
What are some health problems caused by poor nutrition?
Poor nutrition increases your risk of many serious health problems, including:
- Tooth decay
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease and stroke
- Certain types of cancer
Poor nutrition can also affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep, increasing your risk of daytime irritability and fatigue.
What is medical nutrition therapy?
Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) uses an evidence-based medical approach to treat chronic medical conditions with an individually tailored nutrition plan. At PharmXhealthOne, the team uses nutritional assessments to help you understand your current nutritional baseline, creating a plan for your body’s specific nutritional needs.
MNT begins with a comprehensive physical exam and review of your medical history. After gathering this information, your provider develops a custom treatment plan to improve your nutrition through healthy eating. MNT also includes:
- Help managing the lifestyle factors that affect your health
- Follow-up visits to monitor your progress
- Tips for balancing your appetite and food intake
- Tips for lowering your risk of nutritional deficiencies
- Therapy supervised by a primary care physician
- Customized meal plans
- Weight loss guidance
A healthy diet containing natural foods improves your body’s composition and muscle-to-fat ratio, helping you achieve better health overall to last a lifetime.
To achieve the best results from MNT, it’s important you attend all of your follow-up appointments and follow your provider’s instructions carefully.
Am I a good candidate for medical nutrition therapy?
Only a qualified medical provider can determine if you’re a good candidate for medical nutrition therapy. That said, if you’re living with a chronic health problem, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, you’ll likely benefit.
The team also uses medical nutrition therapy to treat eating disorders. MNT can change your perspective on food, allowing you to establish a positive relationship around eating. A nutritionist works with you each step of the program and adjusts your program as necessary.