Nutrition is the use of nutrients in order to grow, develop and maintain a healthy life. A person needs an average of 50 different nutrients to have a healthy body and survive. Eating random meals to suppress the sense of hunger causes an unbalanced and unhealthy diet, which in turn causes many different diseases. Adopting a uniform diet and not taking some nutrients at all or not in sufficient quantities causes the deficiency of vitamins and minerals that the body needs and negatively affects our health. Excessive and unbalanced consumption of some food groups can also cause excessive weight and many different associated diseases. A balanced diet involves sufficient intake of each of the energy and nutritional elements necessary for a healthy functioning body and proper use of such nutritional elements in the body. Adequate and balanced nutrition is one of the most important factors in maintaining health and preventing diseases.
Nutrition and dietetics is a branch of science that works on how we should consume nutrients and how we can maximize our health by making better dietary choices. Nutrition and dietetics is the application of nutrition and nutritional knowledge to improve health, prevent or minimize diseases. Our staff of specialists at Private Ege Şehir Hospital Nutrition and Dietetics Unit provide service to our clients on customized diet programs and nutrition trainings.
How is Treatment Planning Made in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department?
The Nutrition and Dietetics department provides professional support on healthy diet, which is one of the most important elements of preventive and curative health services. Specialists give information to the clients about how a balanced and healthy diet plan suitable for their lifestyle should be. The specialist learns about the nutritional problems and the current nutrition plan of the client (weight, disease, etc.). After determining the metabolic age of the client, body fat, muscle, water ratio and their distribution with special body analysis devices, the current results are examined by considering the age and sex criteria. The specialist creates a customized nutrition plan in the light of the current results and ensures that the nutrition plan is followed for a healthy application. A healthy and balanced diet does not mean to be hungry contrary to common belief. It is to have a healthy body by creating a balanced nutrition routine using intermediate nutrients.
Some of the Fields of Interest of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics;
Customized Nutritional Plan
Our bodies are special and different. Considering our current lifestyle, body mass index, age and all the diseases we have, it is very important to implement a customized nutrition plan to protect our health integrity. If you apply shock diets based on hearsay or a list prepared for someone else, your body will be deprived of the nutrients it actually needs. Incorrect diet practices can cause muscle loss and many different diseases. A diet plan specially prepared for you is the most effective way to achieve healthy weight control.
Weight Gain Programs for Extremely Thin People
People with a Body Mass Index of 18.5 and below are considered thin. Contrary to common belief, it is a condition that has social and psychological distressing effects just like being overweight. Before the weight gain program is applied, necessary tests are applied to identify whether the client has a metabolic problem that prevents weight gain, and after the results are examined, a special nutrition plan is prepared considering the individual needs of the person. It is important to have a balanced and disciplined diet in programs created based on the principle of consuming more calories than calories spent.
Nutrition in Childhood and Adolescence
A balanced diet in children affects not only physical but also mental development. A correct nutritional routine developed with the help of a specialist during childhood is very important for the development of a child in order for him/her to complete mental and physical development and maintain the healthy eating habits they have acquired in adulthood too.
Increasing growth and development speed during adolescence increases the need for nutrients. The most common mistakes in adolescence are meeting the increasing need for food with unhealthy foods or the lack of food intake with hearsay information in adolescence, which is a period when physical characteristics are cared for the most, and the extreme desire to be thin. It is of great importance to get specialist support in terms of healthy development and creating nutritional awareness during adolescence.
Nutrition in Diseases
In many diseases such as diabetes, pregnancy-related diabetes, heart diseases, gout, urinary tract and kidney stones, kidney disease, malnutrition, obesity, gastric and intestinal diseases, customized nutrition programs should be applied. With the multidisciplinary approach of physicians from different branches, an appropriate program is created by considering the disease and special needs of the person’s body. For people who are hospitalized for various reasons, customized nutrition plans are prepared and applied according to their health condition.