How Nutritionally Sound Are You?

Published on 15th Oct, 2008

How Nutritionally Sound Are YouHi and welcome to the first ever nutrition DanceLife blog! Milena Katz and Liz Beavis are dietitian directors of Ahead In Health Nutrition and Lifestyle Centre based in Sydney.

So what better way to start than to find out whether you are nutritionally sound or not?
How do you do that?

Not so simple but very worthwhile! Getting a blood test from your family doctor is step 1 – ask for total protein and albumin, serum zinc, iron studies, vitamins D and B12, cholesterol, folate and calcium.

Next, look at yourself in the mirror! If you have had a change in skin colour and texture, dry and brittle hair, lost weight around your temples and eye sockets and started to feel the cold weather more – these could all be signs of malnutrition and especially protein and calorie deficiency, as well as inadequate essential fatty acids (eg fish oils) that we cannot make our selves.

What about vitamins?
Sailors in the 17th century used to get bleeding gums and that is how the world found out about our necessity for vitamin C and the disease called scurvy (fresh fruit and vegies didn’t last on long voyages). Other diseases indicating vitamin or mineral deficiency are goitre, rickets and beriberi (we will let you google these if you want to know more). OK so these vitamin deficiencies may not be very common these days, but they can (and do!) occur in individuals who are following restrictive diets.

How Nutritionally Sound Are YouThere are also many unclassified nutrients in our foods that are vital for our survival and work together with our own body processes to help us stay alive. The best way to ensure we incorporate these into our diet is by eating a wide range of foods, especially fruits and vegetables.

It is important to know whether you have been feeding yourself properly because we all have different nutritional needs and what may be enough for you may not be enough for someone else. This is because people have different genetics, body size, gender, medical history and level of activity and of course people have a wide range of food preferences!

Our advice is – Find out how nutritionally sound you are – it will make a big difference on the inside! Check in with an Accredited Practising Dietitian to see how you can optimise your nutrition to suit your needs.

If you have questions, suggestions or want more information contact info@aheadinhealth.com.au. www.aheadinhealth.com.au

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