Welcome to Amy’s Nutrition Rx
Personalized Nutrition and Medication Reviews
Having Trouble Finding an Optimal Nutrition Plan for your Health Conditions that Also Addresses Concerns about Medications?
I can help!
As a registered dietitian (RD2B) and a pharmacist, I understand that an optimal treatment plan for many health conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney disease, osteoporosis and more, includes both individualized nutrition planning and medication management. In addition to building a personalized nutrition plan, I can make recommendations regarding timing of medications with food, avoiding food-medication interactions, identifying medications that may be influencing food intake and more. Schedule a free consultation with me to find out more about how this dual approach can help you reach your health goals.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the difference between a nutritionist and a registered dietitian?
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, every registered dietitian is a nutritionist, but not every nutritionist is a registered dietitian. Many states do not regulate the term nutritionist, and anyone can use this term including those who are self-taught and do not have a degree in nutrition. A registered dietitian on the other hand, is considered a food and nutrition expert who has met certain academic criteria to earn their credential. A registered dietitian can refer to themselves as an RD (registered dietitian) or an RDN (registered dietitian nutritionist). Check out this article: What is a registered dietitian nutritionist?
When is it appropriate to take vitamins and supplements?
It is usually better for adults and seniors to obtain vitamins and minerals from food rather than from supplements. However, sometimes there is a need for supplements when adequate amounts cannot be consumed in the diet or there is a significant deficiency. It is important to discuss vitamins and supplements when speaking with your health care provider about your medications.
What are some specific types of foods that are associated with healthy aging?
Eating enough protein helps older adults prevent the loss of lean body mass. Foods that are high in protein include meat, chicken, and eggs (which are commonly consumed), and beans, lentils, peas, fish, low-fat dairy products, and soy-based foods (which are less commonly consumed but contain important vitamins that support healthy aging). Foods that contain Vitamin B12 such as fortified breakfast cereals, beef, tuna, and dairy products are important because many older adults have a decreased ability to absorb this nutrient. Foods that are associated with maintaining healthy brain function include green leafy vegetables, whole grains, berries, fish, beans, and wine. Portion control and adequate fluids are also important.
Why is it necessary to consider both food and medications when developing a plan for your health condition?
Many chronic health conditions are managed with both food and medications. Additionally, many medications can affect appetite, and nutrition status can also affect how medications work in the body. It is necessary to consider food-drug interactions and the timing of food and medications when developing a health plan.
Why is optimal nutrition for seniors different from other age groups?
As we get older, we often experience changes in body composition and metabolism that can affect nutrition status. Older adults also tend to have more chronic medical conditions and take more medications that influence nutrition requirements. Therefore, it is important to account for the unique needs of older adults when developing a nutrition plan for this age group.
What do medication reviews involve?
A medication review can identify drug-drug interactions, therapeutic drug duplicates, possible drug side effects, and missing recommended medications for certain health conditions. Additionally, medication reviews can find medications that are considered inappropriate for one’s age or health condition. This information can be shared with your physician or other health care providers as part of a comprehensive team approach to health care.
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