Avoiding Nutritional Deficiencies in a Vegetarian Diet

In a series of blogs, I will address the nutritional needs of people on special diets. Specifically, these will be: vegetarian, lactose-free, gluten-free, and an athlete’s diet. For most people, a well balanced, whole foods diet should provide adequate intake of most nutrients. However, a few CORE supplements should be considered to fill in the gaps and provide an extra boost, no matter what diet you follow.

It is possible to to achieve a healthy lifestyle if you are on a special diet, whether by choice or necessity. Awareness of nutrient imbalances that may occur, and correcting them with menu planning and supplementation, are the keys to a healthy you.

Vegetarian Diet

In general, vegetarians avoid animal flesh, but a vegetarian’s diet can range from vegan, with complete exclusion of animal products (no milk, meat, eggs, honey), to a diet that includes some animal products like eggs and milk. Continue reading “Avoiding Nutritional Deficiencies in a Vegetarian Diet”

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Supplements You Shouldn’t Live Without

This past Friday, Dr. Oz told his viewers what supplements he takes. Not surprisingly, they align very well with what Village Green Apothecary has been saying for years. He particularly targeted women over 40. The supplements he recommends  are:

1. Mutlivitamin: Only 1% of the population gets enough essential nutrients from diet alone, so a comprehensive multivitamin/mineral should be part of everyone’s routine. Divided doses are better because you get the most out of them.

2. Calcium: Important for muscles, teeth and bones, many women are not getting enough of this important nutrient. Add magnesium to calcium and you have an important foundation for strong bones. The best way to get calcium is a combination of food sources and supplements. Continue reading “Supplements You Shouldn’t Live Without”

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  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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