Nutrition influences many aspects of health. Conditions such as arthritis, autoimmune diseases, fatigue, heart disease, fertility, and digestive problems are affected by nutritional status. That’s why a comprehensive nutritional assessment is so important. By looking at exactly what nutrients your body is getting and what nutrients it needs, LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition is able to better target the areas of health that require physiological approaches.
What Is a Comprehensive Nutritional Assessment?
The right nutrients are essential for the health of the body. The essential types of nutrients fall into seven categories. These include carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fiber, water, minerals, and vitamins. A proper level of each of these is essential for survival and health. These nutrients are also broken down into five food groups. These food groups include fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein foods.
A comprehensive nutritional assessment at Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition means our doctors take the time to analyze and assess the nutrients going into your body. We also look at how these nutrients are absorbed and what they do in your body. Such detailed assessment may involve taking the patient’s history, administering a physical examination, as well as running laboratory tests. It may also involve therapeutic trials based on clinical judgment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are vitamins and why are they so important for the body?
A: Vitamins are nutrients that your body needs from outside sources because it cannot make them on its own. 13 compounds are currently classified as vitamins. These include vitamins A, D, E, and K, which are fat-soluble vitamins. The other vitamins are C, and B – of which there are eight different kinds. These vitamins are water-soluble.
Q: What goes into making a healthy, nutrient-rich diet?
A: A healthy diet is a diet that provides an adequate amount of essential nutrients. This is typically achieved through consumption of a broad variety of nutrient-dense foods. Many experts recommend limiting sugar, salt, solid fats, and alcohol. A comprehensive nutritional assessment can help you determine exactly what foods you should be eating and what foods you should be avoiding.
Q: I’m looking for advice on what foods are best for my body. Who should I talk to?
A: The physicians at Los Angeles Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition can help patients determine their nutritional needs and create a custom diet that meets those needs.
Q: What is the role of digestion in consuming the right amount of nutrients?
A: The digestive system is essential to overall health. That’s because it is the system where food is taken in and converted to usable energy. If the digestive system is functioning improperly, then overall health can suffer due to a variety of nutritional deficiencies. A comprehensive nutritional assessment can help determine the health of the digestive system and its ability to properly break down food.
Contact a Los Angeles Gastroenterologist
The proper intake of nutrients is one of the most important aspects of overall health. The best way to know if you are getting the necessary nutrients is to contact LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition to set up a comprehensive nutritional assessment. Call our office at (310) 289-8000 to schedule your consultation.