Diet & Nutrition Specialist

California Longevity & Vitality Medical Institute

Age Management Specialist located in San Francisco, CA

Dr. Meek is an Age Management Specialist that focuses on the use of hormones to slow down the aging process and minimize the effects of stress on the body. The California Longevity and Vitality Medical Institute serves the greater San Francisco, CA area.

Diet & Nutrition Q & A

Does Diet & Nutrition Slow Down the Aging Process?

A Proper diet that supplies sufficient amounts of nutrients can help to slow down the aging process. The body needs vitamins and nutrients, each in specific amounts, to maintain proper bodily function. When the body functions efficiently, it is able to fight off disease and illness. The aging process also slows down when the body has the nutrients it needs. Proper nutrition improves the metabolism, raising energy levels and increasing the body's ability to fight off illness and disease. Proper diet and nutrition also help the body deal more effectively with high levels of stress. 

How Important are Diet and Nutrition to a Healthy Lifestyle?

To live a healthy, functional lifestyle, a person must have the proper nutrients to be able to perform regular, day-to-day activities. The body needs sufficient nutrition to support the type of lifestyle a person leads. If a person is extremely active, they need to increase the amount of nutrients they consume to maintain good heart health and support continued muscle growth. Proper nutrition also supports mental clarity and enhanced focus when it comes to studying and performing highly detailed procedures and activities

How Does the Food I Eat Affect the Way I Age?

Eating a clean and balanced diet helps to keep your body functioning at optimal levels. Dr. Meek has a keen interest in the effects of anti-aging diet and nutrition on health and disease. She works in partnership with each patient to develop and follow a complete, individualized nutritional program called Healthspan Nutrition Plan®. It is tailored to optimize the patient’s health span and quality of life. The principles of the diets generally encompass:

  • A balance of protein, good carbohydrates, fats, and nutrients, tailored to the patient’s needs
  • Clean food choices to limit exposure to toxins, preservatives, and heavy metals
  • Low glycemic (blood sugar) load
  • Anti-inflammatory foods and avoiding food items which can cause inflammation.

Research indicates that inflammation has been associated with many diseases, including heart attacks, stroke, dementia (loss of memory), diabetes, arthritis and certain types of cancers.