Nutritional Counseling

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You do not need to be a patient for this service

Nutritional counseling can range from diet suggestions and tips to in-depth diet analysis and diet plans to help with weight loss, maintenance or gain. Most often, a patient’s diet diary is used to create a patient specific diet based on the patient’s likes, dislikes and diet style; this helps with diet compliance as it is similar to what they are accustomed to. The patient's diet can also allow for some flexibility.

The human body functions as a network of interconnected systems that affect each other, and nutritional habits affect the whole body rather than a just sub-section or single organ system. The goal of nutritional counseling is to prevent and address any underlying clinical imbalances that may lead to any number of chronic illnesses, and is essential to your overall wellness.

The better your immune system, the better your resistance to seasonal flu and other viruses

Here are some simple practices for boosting your immune system:

Drink plenty of water - Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your health.

Add lemon juice to your water, as it acts as a digestive and detoxifying agent.

Avoid processed foods and limit sugar and alcohol intake - Consuming too much of any of these suppresses the immune system.

Increase your vitamin D - Low vitamin D levels are linked to decreased immune function. So try to soak up some sunshine outside  and eat foods like mushrooms, egg yolks and fatty fish — cold-water species like salmon, cod and tuna.

Get more vitamin C - Fruits and vegetables are great sources, including berries, citrus, bell peppers and dark green vegetables.

Adding spices like garlic, ginger and turmeric to your diet can help boost your immune system.

Get some good bacteria - 80% of your immune system is located in the digestive tract, so gut health is important to keeping a strong immune system. Probiotics are good bacteria to add to your diet through fermented foods, such as raw sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, and kombucha, or you can take probiotics in supplement form.

Get moving - Exercising is a great way to stay in shape and also increases our immune function.

Get plenty of rest and sleep - Adequate sleep helps keep your body working at its best to defend against illness.

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