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The Role of Nutrition in Overall Health

In today’s world, people are always busy and have no time for a proper meal. Because of this situation, eating habits have changed over time. Fast food is a part of our lives. Especially women and children are affected badly by these habits. Women infants, adolescents, and children are at risk of malnutrition. For instance, it affects learning abilities in children and fertility in women.

On the contrary, good nutrition is good for individuals as well as societies. It has a critical role in the development of the countries.

Macronutrients and Micronutrients

Macronutrients are used to describe the nutrients that our bodies need in large quantities. Macronutrients provide us energy that we need during the day and night. Macronutrients are fat, carbohydrate, and protein. Micronutrients are the nutrients that we consume in small amounts. The main micronutrients that our body needs are vitamins and minerals. 

Both macronutrients and micronutrients are very important for your health. Your body works much better if you balance receiving them. The key here is to eat from different food groups. If you plan your diet in that way, you will in better health.

Benefits of a Balanced Diet

We all know that a balanced diet is a must for a healthy life. What does it mean really? It means that a healthy and balanced diet contains all macronutrients and micronutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrate; vitamins, and minerals. They all make our bodies work healthier. Some of the benefits of a balanced diet can be lined up as below:

  • Boost immunity
  • Supports muscles
  • Helps the digestive system
  • Lower risk of heart attack
  • Supports healthy growth in children
  • Supports brain development in children
  • Healthier skin, teeth, and eyes
  • Strengthens bones
  • Longer life period

Importance of Seeing a Dietitian

It is always important to consult an expert if you care about your health, especially if you consider losing weight which is not an easy goal to achieve alone. Teamwork steps in at that point. You and your dietitian can think and move toward your goals. They can help you with their knowledge and experience  in their field about many subjects including:

  • Weight loss
  • Weight gain
  • Food allergies
  • Healthy eating
  • Chronic diseases
  • Picky kids
  • Vegan diet

If you hesitate to see a dietitian, find a friend who has already visited a medical expert, they will encourage you.

Common Dietary Deficiencies

Talking about common dietary deficiencies it is not wrong to say that more people than we guess may suffer from dietary deficiencies as more people have bad nutrition habits like fast food addiction. Some of the most common dietary deficiencies can be itemized below:

  • Iron deficiency
  • Vitamin B 12 deficiency
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Calcium deficiency
  • Vitamin A deficiency

The best thing to avoid a dietary deficiency is to have a balanced diet. If you need a professional support, do not hesitate to contact our patient service staff and get information about the services at our diet and nutrition clinic.

Portion Control and Mindful Eating

Portion control and mindful eating can be thought of that way: This is key in your hand that opens a healthier life without spending more on food, diets, gym, and at the end, procedures such as liposuction.

Using smaller plates is a common preference nowadays. On larger plates, food appears smaller. You can ask for a half portion when you are at a restaurant. This habit makes you receive fewer calories each time. Everyone is different and you can easily find more ways of mindful eating. Think about that.

Meal Planning for Busy Lifestyles

We are all in a hurry during the day, and at night, our time is limited to preparing food that takes hours. On the other hand, we still need proper food for our health. What should we do? Dialing the number of the closest fast food shop is not the answer. Prepare your food beforehand and keep them in a quality container. Soups can be helpful. They are healthy and ready to be consumed in minutes. Cook vegetables and meat. Prepare them on Sundays for busier days. Making alternative cooking plans using different recipes will help you a lot.


Diet & Nutrition Spec. Zişan Sobacı He graduated from Sanko University, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2019. He continues his education at Izmir Democracy University with a master's degree. The school has done large-scale training in public hospitals and private research hospitals, and has worked / worked in private institutions. Studies were carried out in areas where education can be purchased, and papers were published in education congresses. At the same time, “The first 0-1 years in Mother-Child Nutrition” is prepared. Successfully completed the Sports Nutrition Course, the Collective Nutrition Systems course. Areas of interest: Sports Nutrition Sports Supplements Nutrition in the Woman's Journey Prebiotics and Probiotics Nutrition in Bariatric Surgery Pregnant Nutrition
Diet & Nutrition Spec. Kıymet Melike Altındağ in 2021, she graduated from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of Cyprus International University. He worked as a trainee dietitian in various departments of public hospitals and private clinics. During his education, he conducted studies on the "Frequency of Consumption of Milk and Dairy Products in Adults". At the same time, he prepared a review on "Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome". There are many congresses and trainings that he participates in professionally. Interests: Nutrition After Bariatric Surgery Healthy Weight Gain/Weight Loss Nutrition in Chronic Diseases Nutrition During Pregnancy Child and Adolescent Nutrition
Diet & Nutrition Spec. Ümmügülsüm Çankaya She graduated from Istanbul Kent University Nutrition and Dietetics Department in 2022. She completed her internships in Istanbul Okmeydanı City Hospital and some private hospitals' obesity, pediatric, adult and kitchen departments. During his undergraduate education, he participated in studies in the fields of metabolic syndrome, food drug interaction, phytotherapy and psychodiet. She completed her graduation thesis "The Effect of Eating Behavior Disorders on Body Image". AREAS OF INTEREST: - Metabolic Syndrome and Nutrition - Sports Nutrition - Nutrition in Eating Disorders - Holistic Nutrition - Obesity Surgery - Medical Nutrition Therapies - Phytotherapy - Mother Child Nutrition
Diet & Nutrition Spec. Nevruz Cin She completed his undergraduate education at Izmir Katip Celebi University in 2020. She did her undergraduate thesis on the evaluation of depression, stress, anxiety and emotional appetite in adults in the Covid-19 period. In 2021, I started my graduate education at Izmir Democracy University. He has publications on sports nutrition and functional foods. She is doing her master's thesis on Bariatric Surgery patients. She has worked in the gym, obesity clinic and bariatric surgery clinic. He did his internships in research hospitals on collective nutrition systems, nutrition in diseases, maternal and child health, community nutrition. dit. Nevruz Cin is fluent in English. Areas of interest: Nutrition in bariatric surgery patients Sports Nutrition Healthy weight gain and loss Nutrition in Chronic Diseases Vegan-vegetarian Nutrition Nutrition during Pregnancy and Lactation
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