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March is National Nutrition Month so naturally, as a healthcare professional with my master’s degree in clinical nutrition and years of experience guiding individuals to health through nutrition, I have something to say. Hopefully something you will find uplifting, empowering, and insightful. And hopefully something you will use for your own transformation to better health, energy, and vitality.

There are two sides to nutrition that I want to share with you. One is the food you eat and the other is the vitamins and supplements you need to take because of the things your diet can’t provide you with. You may have heard you can get all the vitamins and minerals you need by eating right, but I’ll address that in a bit.

But why listen to me? Why not the internet? There are a lot of information sources out there. You may have a family member or friend who sells supplements for one of those multi-level marketing companies. You may consider going to one of those vitamin stores that sell all of the supplements. You may have seen a celebrity influencer on social media swear by a certain brand. The truth is that these people are rarely ever qualified to diagnose what your body actually needs.

After being in functional medicine for several years, I am still amazed at the comments I get from people when I make professional recommendations. They usually start with “but so-and-so said…” And by “so and so” I mean their friend, neighbor, a website they looked at, or even a friend who’s in the healthcare industry but doesn’t have education or experience specifically in nutrition. When it comes to good information, it is important to consider the source. Unless someone actually has education in a nutrition program, they really aren’t qualified to say much of anything. Even medical doctors often have next to nothing for education when it comes to nutrition. For example, a patient recently told me their cardiologist recommended margarine for her husband after his heart attack. Hopefully, everyone knows how outdated that advice is. After receiving my degree in nutrition and becoming certified as a functional medicine practitioner, I realized that prior to that time, my own knowledge base in nutrition was as limited as the next doctor.

Recommendations for a simple, healthy diet

So, what should you eat? Low calorie? Low fat? Paleo, keto, Mediterranean? There are a lot of choices out there, each with their celebrity expert telling you their story. When it comes to food, there are some basic truths that everyone should agree on:

• Keep processed foods to a minimum.
• Avoid seed oils like vegetable, canola, and soybean oils.
• Use healthy fats like butter, olive oil, and coconut oil.
• Avoid gluten when you can, even if you aren’t sensitive. Most gluten has a high level of glyphosate in it, which lowers your energy and negatively affects your health.
• A keto diet is typically the healthiest way to lose weight, although you need to cycle it if you are on it for the long-term.
• Eat lots of vegetables and moderate amounts of fruit.
• Avoid white foods like sugar, flour, white rice, and potatoes.
• Make sure you eat adequate protein, especially as you age.

If you have been around as long as I have, you have seen a lot of bad nutrition advice come and go. Remember the low-fat craze of the 70s? That advice does linger on in a few circles, but most people know how wrong that is. Remember when sugar was bad so everyone started using high fructose corn syrup? That one has turned into a total disaster. Remember when butter and eggs were bad because they raised your cholesterol? Now we know that most of the cholesterol in your body is manufactured in your liver and you actually need healthy amounts for a healthy brain. Remember when yogurt was supposed to be a great source of probiotics, until they realized the sugar in most yogurt outweighed any good the small amount of good bacteria it gave you?

Nutritional advice will continue to evolve as science learns more and more. But for now, we know a balanced diet with high-quality protein, a good amount of non-processed fruits and vegetables, and limited carbs is the healthiest way to go to maintain a simple, healthy diet.

I will finish with this: the idea that you can get all the vitamins and minerals you need from the food you eat is outdated. Data shows that this idea is wrong. Over 90% of Americans are deficient in multiple vitamins and minerals in their diets. Included in this list is vitamin D, vitamin C, and zinc—just the vitamins that ensure a healthy and strong immune system! Unless you raise all your own food including grass-fed beef, you need to supplement with a high-quality multivitamin that includes minerals. Combine that with a healthy science-based diet and you, too, can have a healthy and nutritious life. That should give you something to chew on!

Dr. Burtis, D.C., M.S., CFMP, has been providing natural healthcare to the Fairmont area at Burtis Chiropractic Center for over 30 years. He uses a combination of chiropractic, nutrition, and functional medicine to help individuals restore and maintain health and healing through individualized care plans. The mission of Burtis Chiropractic Center is to provide transformational healthcare that takes an individual’s life to the next level. We strive to be a solution for families to experience transformational healthcare and help create vibrant and resilient lifestyles that can be passed to future generations.

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