What is nutritional support?
It is essential that the body has good fuel to be able to function at maximum
efficiency and create abundant energy for your daily activities. During
times of stress or illness nutrition can play an important role in sustaining
and healing your body both during and after treatment.
That’s why nutritional counseling is an integral therapy at the Alaska
Medical Specialties and we place a great deal of emphasis on nutrition
support and education.
At the Alaska Medical Specialties, we support our patients by helping them
improve and take control of their health. By working with our patients
and taking the time to learn the patient’s habits and lifestyle
we can recommend diet changes that can help manage a patient's pain
For example, during treatment or post-surgery, some patients experience
the pain and discomfort of constipation. By supporting our patients with
nutritional counseling we can make diet recommendations that can help
with the distress of constipation.
While going through an illness or cancer treatment it is important to choose
foods that are easily digested and efficiently converted into energy.
One way in which we help our patients is to help you learn about the benefits
of a diet that can help to decrease inflammation in the body.
Certain foods that have high antioxidant and high anti-inflammatory properties
can also be added to the diet to decrease the risk of developing certain
types of cancers. Food recommendations are given that incorporate these
healthy food choices, so you can learn how to create wonderful and nutritious
meals for you and your family.
Developing a nutritional plan is a collaborative process between you and
the nutritionist. During your meeting with the nutritionist, you’ll
discuss your lifestyle, goals and nutritional needs.
We look at your dietary nutrient intakes such as proteins, fats, and carbohydrates,
and develop dietary and lifestyle recommendations to help you achieve
your goals. We’ll also discuss the benefits of nutritional supplements,
which are an essential component along with a healthy diet to enhance
or replenish long-term dietary deficits in vitamins, minerals, and other
Using a patient-centered approach and developing a treatment plan together
will help you make lasting changes. As a patient, you’ll know it’s
right for you because you helped build the treatment plan.
As a patient of the Alaska Medical Specialties, you’ll receive knowledgeable
and personalized nutrition counseling from
Danielle Kalbfleisch, who holds a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition. To schedule an appointment
with Danielle, please call (907) 276-2803 or click on
Become a Patient.