Nutrition Tips for Healthy Living By: Dr. Lana Dawood

Nutrition photoThe journey to overall health starts with the food we consume on a daily basis. Intelligent nutrition choices can prevent the onset of many diseases and serve as the linchpin for an active and healthy lifestyle. At Healthcare Partners, we empower our patients to play an active role in maintaining their health and choosing diet and exercise routines that fit their needs. A diet high in water consumption – and low on sugary beverages – is a vital building block in human health. A reusable water bottle in the home and office will serve as a constant reminder of the importance of smart hydration.

Harvard’s School of Public Health recently published 10 tips for healthy eating, and the first tip dispels the common notion that carbohydrates are unhealthy. Whole grains are an example of “good carbohydrates,” while processed carbohydrates are considered “bad carbohydrates” because they tend to have most of their natural nutrients and fiber removed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are harmful, although trans fats and saturated fat should be avoided. Plant oils, nuts and fish are the healthiest sources of fat, and fish, poultry, nuts and beans are the best protein sources, according to Harvard’s School of Public Health. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends eating an array of fruits and vegetables: fresh, frozen, low-sodium canned, dried and 100 percent juices are acceptable options. For individuals with high blood pressure or cholesterol, the Mayo Clinic recommends a diet low in sodium, saturated fats and cholesterol, and chock full of vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. A daily multivitamin can be a useful addition to a well-rounded diet.

Healthcare Partners patients have access to nutrition information and tips as part of the Total Care Model, and our team is always eager to answer questions. Under this model of health care, primary care providers, specialists and other team members work as a coordinated team to manage all aspects of patients’ care and overall health. The Total Care Model offers customized nutrition recommendations for patients, and providers encourage their patients to explore the benefits of this service. If you have any questions about nutrition or would like to learn more about services provided by Healthcare Partners, contact your physician’s office today.