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Shahla Rah, MD, FACG

Gastroenterologist located in Newport Beach, CA

What you eat provides your body with the energy and nutrients it needs for optimal functioning. However, if you have a food allergy or sensitivity, certain types of foods may harm your body instead of help. Experienced board-certified gastroenterologist, Shahla Rah, MD, FACG, with an office in Newport Beach, California, is a nutrition specialist and provides counseling for specific diet needs, including food allergies and celiac disease. To schedule a consultation, contact either office by phone or use the booking button.

Nutrition Q & A

What is nutrition?

Food provides essential nutrients your body needs to function, including carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals. Nutrition refers to the balance of foods your body needs to maintain a healthy weight and promote good health. 

While good nutrition may seem straightforward, a healthy balanced diet plan that works for you may not work for everyone else. Dr. Rah is a specialist in nutrition and understands the relationship between diet and health, as well as the special nutrition needs for those with gastrointestinal conditions. 

What conditions benefit from nutrition counseling?

Dr. Rah specializes in many conditions and provides nutrition counseling specifically for your health and wellness needs. Some of her areas of specialty include:

Food allergies

While you can develop an allergy to any food, the most common include eggs, milk, wheat, shellfish, fish, soy, tree nuts, and peanuts. Treatment for a food allergy is the removal of the allergen from your diet. Dr. Rah can talk to you about your food allergies, potential sources, and create a healthy, balanced diet plan without the allergen.

Celiac disease

If you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, you need to avoid all foods that contain the protein gluten, including anything made from wheat, rye, or barley. Eating this protein damages your digestive tract. Dr. Rah can diagnose and provide nutritional management for your celiac disease. 

Gluten sensitivity

Gluten sensitivity indicates intolerance to gluten. Eating gluten may not damage your digestive system, but it can cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, or fatigue. Dr. Rah can help you eliminate gluten from your diet to alleviate your symptoms.

Leaky gut

If your gut is unhealthy, you may develop holes in the lining of your intestines that allows some of the food and waste to leak out into your body. Dr. Rah specializes in gut health and can devise a diet plan to heal your gut. 


If you’re anemic, your body isn’t making enough healthy red blood cells. What you eat impacts red blood cell production. Dr. Rah can review the causes of your anemia and the diet changes you can make to improve your blood count. 

If you have concerns about your nutrition, Dr. Rah can provide answers to your questions. 

What can I expect during nutrition counseling?

Dr. Rah is a kind and compassionate physician who takes a holistic approach to care. She evaluates your whole health to make sure she provides you with a nutrition plan that fits your needs to promote wellness.

To schedule a nutrition consultation, contact the office of Shahla Rah, MD, FACG, nearest to you by phone or online today.