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GOOD HEALTH NEWS March 2015 Volume 7 - No.5 IN THIS ISSUE Pg. 1 Health Talk: Avoiding Nutritional Deficiences, Balanced Diets, & the Vegetarian Lifestyle Pg. 2 Playing Sports with Asthma Pg. 3 Health Benefits of Eating Garlic Pg. 4 Chopped Kale Salad Creamy Almond Ginger Dressing Pg. 5 Reasons to Cut Back On Dairy Pg. 6 Our Brand New VitaPlus Program HEALTH TALK: AVOIDING NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES, BALANCED DIETS, & THE VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE Health in Motion director Natan Gendelman talks about how to maintain a healthy & balanced lifestyle. Most people today suffer from some kind of nutrient deficiency, even if they seem to be perfectly healthy. However, even though some may not exhibit serious symptoms due to their nutritional deficiencies right now, it does not mean that they will not develop some kind of condition later on. This is why there are so many more cases of chronic illnesses today, such as cancer, than there were many years ago. Nutritional deficiencies are a product of people not understanding what good nutrition means and insufficient knowledge of how to eat properly. This is also made worse by how we normally cook our food. We are so used to cooking at high temperatures that we don’t realize that we are killing all the nutrients in our food. For those who include fish and meat in their diets, they are basically eating dead food since they must be cooked thoroughly to kill possible parasites. Even turning to supplements is not enough to fill in the gaps of poor nutrition, since they are not absorbed as easily by the body like proper whole foods would be. Eating foods raw, like fruits and vegetables, is the best way to preserve all the nutrients, and ensures that the body can absorb them easily. Even many vegetarians and vegans, lifestyles that are purportedly healthier than most, suffer from nutrient deficiencies. This is again due to insufficient knowledge of what proper nutrition should look like. Any time you eliminate a certain type of food from your diet, it is important that it is replaced. In the case of vegetarians, animal products should be replaced with a variety of foods from the bean family, lentils, legumes, nuts, seeds, and lots of fresh vegetables and fruits to ensure a balanced diet. Even if you’re not vegetarian, you should make sure to include raw foods into your diet, like fresh salad. Fresh vegetables and fruits will help you digest heavier foods such as meat, making it easier on your digestive tract. The key to preventing all nutritional deficiencies is by maintaining a balanced diet; however, there is no template for what this looks like. A ‘balanced’ diet will be different for every single person. What is healthy for one person may have an adverse reaction in another. This is why it’s so important to find someone knowledgeable in nutrition to guide you. When I adjust my patients’ diets, I always tread very carefully. I must slowly and gradually eliminate or reintroduce foods to make sure which ones are actually healthy for them. Some vegetables and fruits that help some of my patients may actually be harmful for others. So please take care when trying to figure out what the proper balanced diet is for you. Good luck! 1 l