Good nutrition is essential to good health. A balanced diet, and ensuring you get the right amount of vitamins and minerals, can reduce your risk of developing health problems and can help you stay healthy.
Toward achieving that goal, a nutrition assessment can be performed to evaluate your diet and highlight any areas that may need to be addressed in order to enhance your well-being. If you have a medical condition or are looking to improve your overall health, a wellness practitioner can offer you personalized care to help you improve your health and well-being by improving your nutritional intake.
What Is a Nutrition Assessment?
Every person’s lifestyle is unique, and many different things contribute to it – including nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress factors. A nutrition assessment can be used to help gain a clear understanding of your overall diet and lifestyle, and to identify the types and quantities of foods you eat regularly.
A wellness practitioner uses a holistic approach to focus on each individual area within your lifestyle to get to the root cause of any health conditions or issues that you may have. They use a number of assessments and tools to identify areas that may require attention, and they can help introduce gradual, manageable changes which can go a long way to improving your health and well-being.
You and your wellness practitioner can work together to determine the areas that need improvement. A diet lacking in the right nutrition alongside certain lifestyle habits can contribute to, or exacerbate, certain medical conditions. Results from a nutrition assessment can allow you to make positive changes and help you achieve your goals toward a better, healthier you.
Keeping a Food Journal
A nutrition assessment often includes a food journal to track your current and recent food intake history. From the journal, you and your wellness practitioner can identify the strong and weak areas in your diet and determine whether you need to eat more or less from certain food groups – such as more protein and less bread.
How Can a Nutrition Assessment Help Me?
Following a nutrition assessment, your healthcare professional can develop a customized food plan, nutrition plan, and exercise plan. They are likely to give you a report that outlines the proper rest, hydration, nutrition, and exercise your body requires to achieve your short- and long-term health goals and objectives.
A nutrition assessment can help to:
- Identify strong and weak points in your current diet
- Get to the root of health issues
- Identify poor eating/drinking habits
- Detect any food sensitivities
- Identify a lack of specific nutrients, vitamins, or minerals
- Determine necessary diet modifications
- Monitor fluid intake
- Provide education around nutrition
- Set realistic, achievable health goals
- Improve motivation around healthy eating
- Encourage a healthier lifestyle
Holistic Healthcare in the Triangle
If you are looking to improve your health and well-being, PAI Wellness Group can help. We provide individualized healthcare in a holistic manner to treat the whole person – body, mind, and spirit – focusing on areas such as nutrition, fitness, sleep, and stress relief. We are a private pharmacist-run practice that can identify the root causes of any health problems you are facing, provide more effective care, and help you maximize your overall health.
To discuss how Dr. Asha Pai Bohannon and her team can improve your health and wellness, call PAI Wellness Group today at (919) 529-3355 or request an appointment now by filling out our online form. We look forward to partnering with you on the road to good health!