Do you find healthy nutrition confusing? With so many options out there, it can be hard to decide what you should eat to be healthy! Dr. Roopa Chari, M.D. at Chari Center of Health in Encinitas, California, can create an individualized plan for you that satisfies your cravings and meets your body’s need for high-quality nutrients. Dr. Chari provides individualized care and integrates the latest advances in nutrition with ancient wisdom. Call us today for a free 15 minute medical consult at 760-230-2711 or use our convenient online scheduling service.

Nutrition Q & A

Why is healthy nutrition so important?
Your body requires certain vitamins, minerals, and other substances to carry out the routine daily activities you demand of it. Without the right mix, vital processes cease to function normally. Too little fluid, for instance, can cause your blood pressure to drop and your brain to lose clarity. A lack of vitamin C can interfere with your body’s ability to make collagen, which plays an important role in keeping your skin looking vibrant and wrinkle-free.

Too much of a good thing can also create problems with the balance your body strives to maintain. Overindulgence in vitamin D, for instance, can cause a buildup in your blood that may lead to kidney dysfunction and other serious problems. Vitamin C won’t build up in your blood since it’s water soluble and washes out of your system, but it can lead to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

To make finding the right balance even trickier, every person is different with regard to which nutrients they might lack for good health. Also, certain food sensitivities may negatively effect your nutritional balance.

What role does nutrition play in integrative medicine?
Integrative medicine combines the science of conventional medicine with the holistic method of treating the whole person. This innovative approach to health uses traditional medicine when appropriate and medically sound, natural remedies where applicable. The food and nutrition component of integrative medicine is a very important component of the holistic philosophy that guides integrative medicine.

What diet does Dr. Chari recommend?
As a medical doctor specializing in internal medicine and an Integrative medicine specialist, Dr. Chari doesn’t suggest you follow cookie-cutter recommendations that have you eating a fixed number of fruits, vegetables, or calories per day. Instead, she focuses on your individual needs and considers ways to heal your medical conditions or prevent serious medical conditions caused by nutritional deficiencies. A physical examination, careful review of your past medical history and diagnostic lab work help determine how your nutritional status is affecting your overall health.

Once these studies are complete, you’ll receive information and education regarding a customized nutrition plan that restores a healthy balance to your system using foods you can enjoy. You’ll also receive recommendations for vitamin and herbal supplements when necessary. Dr. Chari also gives you recipes and tips on planning and preparing dishes at home as well as which foods to choose when eating out.

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