Integrative Care

Nutritional Support

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 and discomfort.

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 nutrients.

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.