Nutrition studies the relationship between food and health in order to determine what is the appropriate diet for each person. A correct diet helps people achieve biological, psychological and social wellbeing.
There are several circumstances in which the diet becomes especially important:
Diet during pregnancy
During pregnancy the woman’s body starts getting ready for what is to come. A proper diet before, during and after pregnancy is a guarantee of optimal health for both mother and baby. During this stage the mother needs an extra supply of certain micronutrients such as calcium and iron.
Diet during breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is a process where the mother’s body produces a nutritious secretion adjusted to the needs of development and growth of the baby. During this stage the diet must be as varied and balanced as possible, with a good protein intake (especially of animal origin), dairy (for its calcium content) and lots of water.
Diet and menopause
Menopause is a natural process in the life of every woman in which the ovaries progressively diminish their ability to produce estrogens (female sex hormones). This hormonal change causes different symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bone loss, mood swings and tendency to gain weight. This tendency to put on weigh can be worsened by a poor diet and insufficient physical inactivity. It is therefore important to establish a healthy diet (together with appropriate and lifestyle habits) that helps women to live fully at this stage of his life.
What is a balanced diet?
A balanced diet means getting the right types and amounts of foods and drinks to supply nutrition and energy for maintaining body cells, tissues, and organs, and for supporting normal growth and development. It must take into account both personal (such as age, physiological status, sex, complexion) and lifestyle characteristics (active, sedentary).
The nutrition consultation is aimed at all those patients who need personalized nutritional advice. This is done measuring their nutritional needs through different analyses (anthropometric and bioimpedance), setting objectives, planning a personalized diet, and monitoring the results.