Nutrition: The Key to Optimal Health

With American obesity rates creeping toward 40%, nutrition is more important to your health than ever. Steven King, DO, offers customized nutrition counseling and advice at Simple Primary Care Solutions in Edmond, Oklahoma. Dr. King can help you improve your nutrition, address any vitamin deficiencies, and lose weight. Call Simple Primary Care Solutions or make an appointment online today.

What is nutrition?

Nutrition includes everything your body needs to consume for optimal health and functionality. The foods you eat provide energy as well as vitamins and minerals your body needs. Nutrition also focuses on how your diet can reduce your risk of certain diseases or health problems. If you have food allergies or intolerances, you should talk to Dr. King at Simple Primary Care Solutions about your diet to ensure you’re getting everything your body needs.

Why is proper nutrition important?

Proper nutrition is critical to your overall health and wellness. It helps you maintain healthy body weight and reduces your risk of chronic heart disease.

A healthy diet includes all macronutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, and fat as well as a wide range of vitamins and minerals. If your diet is lacking in certain vitamins and minerals, it could impact your energy levels or even interfere with your digestion. Similarly, if you have too much salt, fat, or sugar in your diet, it can lead to weight gain and complications such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

What should I expect during nutrition counseling?

Dr. King provides highly customized nutritional counseling at Simple Primary Care Solutions. He begins with a comprehensive consultation including blood tests. He may ask you to keep a food diary for a week or so in advance.

You and Dr. King talk about your diet as well as your overall health and any conditions or symptoms. He asks about your nutrition goals, which may include weight loss, diabetes management, or general preventive health.

Once Dr. King understands your current diet and needs, he works with you to create a meal plan that includes sufficient calories, the vitamins, and nutrients you need, and foods that you actually enjoy eating. He may also prescribe supplements or nutriceuticals to ensure your body gets everything it needs for optimal functionality.

Depending on your goals, you may have follow-up appointments to check your progress and adjust your meal plan as needed to either help you get through a weight loss plateau or add more variety to your diet.

Changing your diet and improving your nutrition can be challenging, but with small, incremental changes and support from Dr. King and the team at Simple Primary Care Solutions, you can improve your diet and your health.

Call Simple Primary Care Solutions or make an appointment online today for customized nutrition counseling and weight loss advice.