Nutrition Specialist

Breton Village Pediatrics and Family Medicine

Pediatrics & Family Medicine located in Grand Rapids, MI

The way you eat has a direct, deep impact on your overall health and wellness. Proper nutrition isn’t just important for maintaining a healthy weight. Without a nutritionally balanced diet, your body doesn’t get what it needs to perform its best. This leaves you feeling sluggish and worn down. Fortunately, Peter Macfield, MD, and his staff at Breton Village Pediatrics & Family Medicine have the nutritional expertise to help you give your body what it needs. Call their office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, or schedule your appointment online.

Nutrition

Why is nutrition so important?

What you eat provides the fuel your body uses to function. Poor fuel quality results in poorer performance. Some of the symptoms of nutritional deficiencies include:

  • Dry hair or skin
  • Fatigue
  • Acne
  • Increased susceptibility to sickness
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Bruising easily
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramping
  • Headaches

Clearly, not giving your body what it needs can impact it in a variety of ways. Good nutrition is key in helping you look and feel your best. 


What is good nutrition?

Even some people who know nutrition is an important struggle to eat the way they should. And that’s because good nutrition is complex. There are seven types of nutrients your body needs:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Fiber
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals 
  • Water

Getting all of them in the right quantities requires you to be mindful of the way you eat. 

Generally, some best practices for good nutrition include:

  • Eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies
  • Avoid processed foods
  • Minimize salt and sugar intake
  • Drink lots of water 

The right amount of water depends on your body. Divide your weight in half and drink that number of ounces each day. 


How do I make sure I’m eating nutritiously?

Eating a variety of wholesome, non-processed foods in your diet is usually sufficient to help your body get the nutrients it needs. That said, it’s not easy to eat that way. The American diet relies heavily on processed foods. And even whole food sources have been compromised in the attempt to make food cheaper and more readily available.

That’s why Breton Village Pediatrics & Family Medicine offers nutritional support. Dr. Macfield starts by understanding your current diet and taking some preliminary tests. This way, he can pinpoint any nutritional deficiencies and recommend a diet that addresses them. 

If he discovers any severe deficiencies, he also offers IV therapy to give patients a fast and direct way to get the nutrients they need. 

Once he has an understanding of your current diet and nutritional needs, Dr. Macfield helps you develop a healthy eating plan. The plan is tailored to both your body’s specific requirements and your food preferences. This way, you feel your best and enjoy what you’re eating. 

Nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated. Get the medical support you need by calling Breton Village Pediatrics & Family Medicine or by booking your appointment online.