People may desire to be healthy and eat well, but do not know how. Outdated, but well known theories such as 'fat is bad' or 'whole grains are really healthy' are ruining the health of our nation. Illness and disease are often the result of years of poor diet or suboptimal nutrition.
Good nutrition has become more challenging as food is not as nutritious as it used to be. Most of the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) is high in calories and very low in nutrition. A lot of food isn't food at all, but 'junk' providing no nutrients at ALL, just calories. Unfortunately, even 'good food' is not nutritious enough to replenish nutrient depleted bodies. For this reason nearly everyone has nutritional deficiencies.
Certain nutrients need to be taken as supplements. Certain fats are wonderfully healthy while others are very harmful. Some fruits/vegetables absorb toxic chemicals and need to be organic, others are relatively clean and are not worth the cost of organic. Some foods claim to be healthy, yet they are not. It is difficult to sort out all the nutritional information being thrown at us through advertising and the media. For this reason Dr. Kristine offers personalized nutritional coaching.
What is it?
Nutritional coaching is an opportunity to discover how foods and supplements can enhance health. Patients share their health concerns and goals, all current medications and supplements and fill out a health appraisal questionnaire as well as have a comprehensive blood test and urine analysis. (Our office offers lab tests at wholesale cost) Interpretation of blood and urine test results is one of the most scientific and measurable ways to identify early warning signs of approaching disease such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer risk. A coaching session can be used for learning how to eat in a health enhancing way to prevent disease and to explore solutions for current health problems. Supplements and lifestyle changes are advised.
Who would benefit?
ANYONE who has future health concerns: Cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's or dementia, will be glad to know that these diseases are largely preventable with dietary and lifestyle changes. ANYONE currently suffering with symptoms such as acid reflux, IBS, IBD, menstrual cramps, hot flashes, erectile dysfunction, prostatic hypertrophy, etc. should know that these symptom also have nutritional origins. The body has remarkable healing ability if only given the proper nutrients.
WHY NOT food grade vitamins from Target, Walmart, Walgreens, or GNC? New York Times article, Feb. 2014 revealed that supplements from these discount stores contained little or NONE of the active ingredients promised on the label! Not only were they not nutritious, but they contained harmful contaminants as well. We carry supplements that are manufactured with the same rigorous standards as pharmaceutical drugs. Our supplements are tested by an independent laboratory to ensure potency and purity.
Dr. Kristine Meints has taken postgraduate training and examination for Nutritional certification and Wellness certification. She participates in yearly postgraduate conferences on nutrition and blood work interpretation to obtain the latest research on nutrition and health.