Poor nutrition is a leading cause of developing chronic diseases like cancer. A lack of essential nutrients in your diet leads to a decrease in wellness and an increase in illness. Call or make an appointment online today with Dr. German Zermeno at the American Institute of Natural Medicine in Tustin, California for a holistic approach to improving your nutrition.
Nutrition Q & A
What is nutrition?
Nutrition involves eating a healthy, balanced diet by making good food choices. It’s essential for maintaining a healthy mind and body that your diet provides the energy and nutrients you need to stay active and alert.
Why is proper nutrition important?
Proper nutrition is the first step to good health. The food you eat affects your overall wellness, and making good nutritional choices is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Proper nutrition helps you reach and maintain a healthy weight, lowers your risk for chronic diseases, and promotes your overall health.
Unhealthy eating habits continue to contribute to the obesity epidemic in the United States, and even if you’re at a healthy weight, a poor diet increases your risk of developing conditions like heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer.
All of these conditions are being diagnosed more and more at younger ages, so teaching your children to eat healthy while they’re still young helps them remain healthy throughout their lives.
The link between proper nutrition and overall health is too vital to ignore. By taking steps to improve your diet, you get the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, active, and strong.
How can I improve my nutrition?
No one diet fits all.
Strict vegan diet causes weight loss and deficiencies of certain amino-acids that are supplied only in animal products and people are always hungry! Paleo diet contains excess of protein which causes strain to the kidneys. We are not living in the paleo era!
Vegetarian diet substitutes meats for excessive amount of grains, carbohydrates and soy which are deleterious for our health, lacking some essential amino-acids and increasing carbohydrates.
Ketogenic diet consist of consumption of mostly healthy fat and moderate amount of animal protein. It causes weight loss and bad breath. It is consider one of the most effective diets for patients with cancer or obesity. Increases the production of stem cells.
Intermittent fasting calls for fasting for several hours or days, drinking only water. It could be done by avoiding dinner or breakfast allowing at least 16 hours of intermittent fasting. This method stimulates the production of stem cell and increases detoxification. It is very effective when combined with ketogenic diet. I believe that a healthy diet consists of 80% plant base diet and 20% healthy animal protein (grass-fed beef, wild fish and organic chicken) with plenty of water.
The common denominator of a good diet is to avoid the excessive intake of carbohydrates, especially grain, alcohol and dairy products which contributes to inflammation, obesity, microbial imbalance and accelerated aging.
Dr. Zermeno determines your specific nutritional needs based on your health questionnaire and hair analysis. He performs a thorough examination and takes into account your medical history, your symptoms, and your diet so that any nutritional imbalances can be rectified through the sustainable and affordable plan he creates for you.
To get help improving your nutrition to better your overall health, call or book an appointment online at the American Institute of Natural Medicine today.