Nutritional Counseling

Integrative Rheumatology of Westchester – Providing highly personalized nutritional plans and guidance.

Serving Westchester County, Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Connecticut and surrounding areas

More than ever before, the Internet, TV, and other media sources are filled with messages about health, diets, nutritional supplements, and weight loss products. We are advised what to eat and what not to eat.

It is an overwhelming amount of data and often confusing and contradictory, too! It is practically impossible to know what information is reliable. Whom do you listen to? What do you believe? How do you decide what foods are really good to eat and which to avoid?

Despite this wealth of information, over a third of Americans are obese and deficiencies of at least 7 key nutrients are commonplace.  At Integrative Rheumatology of Westchester, nutrition is an essential part of our approach to overall health and fitness. In fact, it is the single most important factor in disease prevention and healthy aging. That means that whether your goal is weight loss, or whether you’re simply seeking the best diet for you in order to function optimally and maintain your health, we are prepared to help you sort out the confusion and plan a personalized program of optimal nutrition for you.

Reaching and maintaining ideal body weight is a struggle for many of us, and for good reason. We are bombarded with poor food choices, and live stressful lives that can make it difficult to focus on our own best eating habits. Moreover, a complex of factors, including calorie intake, personal dietary habits, physical activity, hormones, genetics, stress, sleeping habits and environmental toxins together determine our body weight and makeup. Even the intestinal microbiome, which represents the population of commensal bacteria that populate our gastrointestinal tract, has been shown to be an important player in nutritional health and body weight. So, it is not as simple as just counting calories! In fact, it is really about finding an eating lifestyle that incorporates sound nutritional approaches with your particular tastes and unique physiology, and a practical approach that is sustainable for the long term.

We often recommend a supervised detoxification program to “reset” the system before getting started on your personal healthy eating program. Longstanding exposure to toxins in the food supply, which include hormones and antibiotics often present in our meats, poultry and fish products, have a cumulative impact on our metabolism. A 10- to 14- day detoxification program is often recommended to address this and optimize a fresh nutritional approach. Afterwards, you will feel great and be ready to eat for your health and enjoyment!

Eating right helps us to feel energetic and sharp. By supporting a harmonious metabolism, our immune system and hormone systems function at their best and help to prevent inflammation, which leads to chronic and degenerative diseases. Since we are all unique, the optimal diet for each of us differs. A personalized approach is important.

For example, many people experience food sensitivities, which can contribute to irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, headaches, hypertension, and asthma, dermatitis and other conditions. It can be a challenge to identify the suspect foods, but we will work with you on an individualized basis to uncover these often hidden allergies.

Gut health is an essential part of overall wellness and is a critical system in the functional medicine approach to healthy aging. Seventy percent of our immune system function resides in the tissues just beneath the mucous membranes of our intestinal tract, so it is important to make sure that intestinal function is optimized. Nutrition is one critical component, along with the identification of food sensitivities, digestive impairments, and microbiome balance. We will help to identify and eliminate substances to avoid, restore and repair normal function with a comprehensive and individualized approach.

What our patients say

  • I have relied upon the medical skills of Dr David Lans since 2013 after a long search to find someone who could help me with my immune system problems.  Dr Lans offers a warm and inviting environment where you can unhurriedly discuss your problems and participate in proposed solutions.  I recommend him highly to my friends
    -J. Karten
  • I recently received excellent care from Dr. Lans. Not only did he diagnose my problem right away and correct it but I always felt he was very interested in getting me better. His office staff was very professional and accommodating as well.
    Joan B. New Rochelle, NY
  • Staff was friendly no wait time Dr. Lans clear and concise while explaining what he was doing, painless quick made for a pleasant office visit.  Would recommend to friends and family.
    Lorris R.
  • Dr. Lans is indeed an amazing Doctor. On my first visit, he was kind caring and patient. He answered all my questions and asked me questions about my problems and how we could fix them. He didn't rush through my visit and was very thorough. Dr. Lans is a rare find. He is a very warm and genuine Doctor. I would give him 10 stars if I could! I wish I could still see him as my Doctor but he no longer accepts my insurance. Dr. Lans is Wonderful, Amazing, Caring, and Intelligent! Just a Great Doctor indeed!
    Roxi M.
  • I can’t say enough about how wonderful and professional Dr. David Lans is. I have been having trouble with my ankle since last November. In that time I have had three MRI’s and been to four different doctors. The last option was to have surgery. I was referred to Dr. Lans and traveled to New York to have a stem cell procedure done. Dr. Lans explained to me every step of the way what was going to happen and what I would be feeling and helped me to relax since I was a little nervous as to what “stem cell” was. After the treatment, it took a couple of weeks to really start feeling better. It has now been three months and I am NOT in pain anymore. I am the happiest that I didn’t do the surgery and went with Dr. Lans. It will still take a little more time for my ankle to be back to normal but I am well on my way. THANK YOU DR. LANS
    Anna M.
  • Across the 16+ years during which Dr. Lans provided primary care as well as specific treatments for me, I came to understand, respect and appreciate what I am certain is only a small part of the considerable breadth and scope he brings to the task. Where medicine is a blend of science and art, he brings the best in command of broad knowledge and distills practical wisdom and insight from clinical experience, and from my observation, his thinking and judgment are not bound by convention or other potentially limiting factors.
    Therese B.
  • Dr.Lans is one of the Best Doctors I have seen so far. He is very caring, and thorough, spent a lot of time with me answering my questions, and helping me to understand why some things are happening to my body. He is truly a rare Doctor to find. Great, Wonderful, and an Expertise in his field. Review
  • I have been a patient of Dr lans for over 20 years. He's a great diagnostician & very professional. He's always very pleasant & takes a lot of time with me. Frankly, he's the best! Review
  • Dr. Lans has been my PCP for many years. He is thoughtful, up to date, very smart, concerned, explains everything, spends as much time with you as you need, has a patient portal for individual information or contact. His staff is great. If I could give more stars, I would. Review
  • The Best.  Have been a patient for over 12 years. Review
  • It is rare to find a doctor these days who actually sits down and talks to you. What a refreshing experience!! Review
  • I went for years with undiagnosed symptoms and within two visits Dr. Lans had diagnosed the problem! Although having a chronic illness has a huge downside, he is open to trying alternative therapies and he is extremely respectful of every patient he sees. If you no longer trust Doctors or if you have been seen by abusive caregivers, give Dr. Lans a chance. He is the only reason I am as well as I am today. Review