General Nutrition: Are you eating right?Published May 2, 2017
We all need a balanced diet for optimal nutrition, health, and well-being. For many people, however, a healthy diet is hard to achieve.
Read what Dr. Van Westen PT,DC,CCN, DNBCE has to say about the nutritional challenges that many patients face and how supplements can help fill nutritional gaps.
Q: Why do many people struggle with eating a healthy diet?
A: One of the issues people are faced with today is the lack of time brought on by a busy lifestyle. People are dealing with work, relationships, and obligations, and it’s not always possible to eat right and at the right time. I see patients who eat out way too much, which means they can’t control portion sizes or ingredients the same way they could at home. Many restaurant meals, especially fast food, are highly processed and can be high in calories, carbohydrates, sugar, unhealthy fats, and sodium.
Q: Why is nutrition so important?
A: Your body is made up of trillions of cells. Cells take nutrients from food and convert them into energy. Cells have specialized functions to make what your body needs. If you don’t feed the cells, your body can’t make what it needs.
Q: What do you recommend for patients with poor eating habits?
A: A balanced diet is crucial for overall health. I recommend that my patients eat a wide variety of lean meats, healthy oils, fruits, vegetables, and grains. This is how one obtains beneficial nutrients, antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and fibers.
Q: What if patients just can’t maintain a balanced diet?
A: It is hard for many people to eat right, so I recommend nutritional supplements. General Health Daily Fundamentals packs provide foundational maintenance support. The packets contain Catalyn, Tuna Omega 3-oil, and Trace Minerals. The prepackaged formulas are very convenient. Grab a packet to go along with breakfast and a packet with dinner, and you’re good to go.
Q: Do you recommend herbal support for patients?
A: When I see patients who aren’t eating well, I recognize their immune systems may not have the support they need. Echinacea supports and promotes healthy white blood cells. Echinacea has many benefits but it is especially beneficial when your system is stressed and you need a healthy immune system response.
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