ABOUT A VEGETARIAN DIETIs a vegetarian diet really healthy?
A vegetarian diet is one of the best things you can do for your health. As a group, vegetarians live longer and have a lower risk of many of the debilitating diseases of our time, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. There is 50 years of reliable research that shows that a properly designed vegetarian diet will provide all the nutrition a body needs. This is true for vegan diets as well as lacto-ovo vegetarian diets. This is also true for adults, seniors, teens and children. In fact, on average, people who follow a vegetarian diet get better nutrition than those who follow a non-vegetarian diet. A vegetarian diet is also dramatically gentler on the environment and causes no suffering to animals.
Can a good diet actually help me stay healthy?
Yes, yes, yes. The body is a truly remarkable thing. It has a natural ability to stay healthy. When sick, in most cases, the body natural responds to resolve the illness and get well again. You get a cold or the flu and then you get healthy again. No medical intervention is typically necessary. The body is a natural healing machine. We get out of whack when one of the body's systems becomes weakened. This could involve the digestive system, the immune system, the hormonal system or specific organs and tissues such as the heart, blood vessels, joints, liver, kidneys, breast or prostate. There are various reasons that systems or organs become weakened and susceptible to disease. Poor lifestyle is the most common cause and is a contributing factor in may other cases. This includes poor diet, inadequate exercise and poorly handled stress. Improving a poor diet can be one of the best things you can do for your long-term health.
What is the difference between nutrition therapy and the advice I get from my doctor?
The big answer is that a person's doctor and nutritionist should work as a complementary team. We bring different skills to the table. Most people would be surprised at how little nutritional training most physicians get. In addition, traditional medicine and nutrition typically take a different orientation toward health. Traditional medicine, and patients' typical use of traditional medicine, is primarily reactive; people go to a doctor when something hurts. Wise doctors will talk with their patients about prevention, but most of medicine deals with disease.
The solutions suggested by physicians and nutritionists also differ. Much of the remedies of traditional medicine are oriented toward suppressing symptoms. For example, the medicine a doctor often prescribes for acid reflux is intended to suppress reflux, not to find and resolve the cause. The joke among nutritionists is that acid reflux is not an antacid drug deficiency.
A nutritionist's approach is primarily wellness oriented. We work with people to achieve a healthy lifestyle. When people are ill, we look to use nutrition to support the body's innate healing abilities to restore the body to a naturally healthy state.
We invite you to read on to learn more about us, to contact us with any questions, to schedule an appointment, to speak with a Nutritionist, and learn more about a Vegetarian Nutrition and a Vegetarian Diet. We're located in Denver, Colorado and work with people around the country.