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Is it ok to have some fruits and veggies blended as well as eating them whole? I have them both ways and wonder if it's ok for balanced diet

Is it ok to have some fruits and veggies blended as well as eating them whole? I have them both ways and wonder if it's ok for balanced diet

Fruits & Vegetables: are good in any form. If you put them in a blender you loose the pulp of the food, which contains many nutrients. Eat a variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Just chop some up w/a knife and add nuts or cinnamon if you like (oregano for vegetables). Variety is key. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Prenatal vitamins only contain beta-carotene. My diet includes foods with preformed vitamin a and carotenoid and wonder if my baby will be deficient.

Prenatal vitamins only contain beta-carotene. My diet includes foods with preformed vitamin a and carotenoid and wonder if my baby will be deficient.

Avoid preformed Vit: Preformed vit a is the most common known source of birth defects. That is the risk to the baby. Also avoid any additional beta carotene. Foods contain a variety of carotenes. Eat normal vegies and fruits..Note that metformin causes low vit b12. B12 can be checked by a blood test or it can be supplied as a supplement which is not a risk to the baby. Do not take preformed vit a except in very small. ...Read more

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What are some healthy dairys? I eat healthy and a lot but only drink water and not many dairy foods. Oh and i take a multi vitamin.

What are some healthy dairys? I eat healthy and a lot but only drink water and not many dairy foods. Oh and i take a multi vitamin.

No dairy is OK: You don't have to drink milk or eat dairy to be healthy. Lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds are adequate. Water is the perfect drink, 4-6 glasses a day. Keep with your multi-vitamin. If you want to try greek yogurt that might be a dairy option for you, but not necessary. Better yet, look for good vegan recipes and resources. ...Read more

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I am becoming vegan and i'd like to know if vegan omegas (flaxseed) and vitamin d2 are good replacements for fish oil and d3.

I am becoming vegan and i'd like to know if vegan omegas (flaxseed) and vitamin d2 are good replacements for fish oil and d3.

Flax for some, NO D2: Flax & hemp seed oil are good replacements for many but not all- we need to convert the ala to epa & dha & not everyone does that well. Vegan dha from algae is available. I strongly advise against d2- see http://articles.Mercola.Com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/30/taking-the-right-type-of-vitamin-d.Aspx vegan d3 is available.Search "plant based vitamin d3."i advise 5000 iu/day in fall & winter. ...Read more

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What are some good smoothie recipes to make to assue my daily intake of all vitamins and minerals?

What are some good smoothie recipes to make to assue my daily intake of all vitamins and minerals?

Smoothie Recipe: I drink smoothies with protein powder after my workout and as a snack between meals. Isopure is available with no carbs which is ideal. I use vanilla flavor , add the ice and strawberries. You can add other fruits such as banana or blue berries as well. ...Read more

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Hand and feet numbness, and lightheadness right after taking fish oil or aspirin. blood is very thin and watery. should I eat more fattening food?

Hand and feet numbness, and lightheadness right after taking fish oil or aspirin. blood is very thin and watery. should I eat more fattening food?

Allergic reaction: You maybe allergic to one of these non- prescriptions since it occurs right after you ingest them. Unless you have a family history of heart disease at an early age less than 45 or you have risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes or high cholesterol there is no need to take these supplement at 23 years old. I would recommend it if you were over 45 and had those risk factors. ...Read more

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If i'm taking biotin forte with zinc, but i also eat good diet with lots of beans and B vitamin foods- will this cause excess B and zinc to build up?

If i'm taking biotin forte with zinc, but i also eat good diet with lots of beans and B vitamin foods- will this cause excess B and zinc to build up?

No: There is no worry about B vitamins "building up." The only B vitamin that our body stores is B12 and it is non-toxic. The only B vitamin known to be toxic is B6 but one usually has to take over 200 mg/day; it is impossible to get anywhere near that via diet. Zinc toxicity is not known unless one ingests at least 100 mg/day long-term. Diet levels never approach this. So no need to worry. ...Read more

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I eat healthy food like fish and vegetables along with water and fruits and exercise but i still don't gain weight... Is it cause of my metabolism?

I eat healthy food like fish and vegetables along with water and fruits and exercise but i still don't gain weight... Is it cause of my metabolism?

Gaining weight: Yes. Metabolism always plays a part. Make sure to see your doc and have basic bloodwork done to also make sure that kidney/liver/thyroid, etc is working well. As long as there is no contraindication you could also try to add whey protein to your diet, you could also try to avoid gluten for a while to see if that allows you to absorb your nutrients better. Congrats on trying to eat healthy! ...Read more

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My 2 yo is very picky.Eats a lot of chicken nuggets and hot dogs and grilled cheese. Is this ok? He will also eat yogurt and baby food veggie occasion

My 2 yo is very picky.Eats a lot of chicken nuggets and hot dogs and grilled cheese. Is this ok? He will also eat yogurt and baby food veggie occasion

Sad process: The toddler is used to a world where they are the boss and many fail to begin teaching them to be children.In the 1st yr you carried/diapered/fed them at any point they cried for it.That is what they expect even when they start being independent. Stop feeding the kid separately.Have him eat at the table and offer what you make.Maybe do one requested item for a while. Let him fuss, he won't starve ...Read more

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Can i take supplements: hair, skin, nails (3, 000 mcg) and amino acids safely together to aid my hair and nails? I have a diet low in meat.

Can i take supplements: hair, skin, nails (3, 000 mcg) and amino acids safely together to aid my hair and nails? I have a diet low in meat.

Yes: There are many good non-meat sources of Amino Acids including dairy, eggs, beans, nuts ; seeds but if you are concerned you are deficient in Amino Acids it is certainly safe to take them in supplement form. There is no reason you can't take Amino Acids and vitamins/minerals together. ...Read more

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How much calcium and vitamin d is needed while on steroids and is their any essential vitamins and minerals I should be mindful of?

How much calcium and vitamin d is needed while on steroids and is their any essential vitamins and minerals I should be mindful of?

The same as if you: The same amount as if you we're not on steroids. Steroid use does not affect dietary needs as long as you are not deficient in the first place . The steroids affect the metabolism or activity of bone turnover which is treated by getting off the steroids, minimizing the dose or with other medications that aid in the building up of decreased bone density . You need to see your doctor to assess. ...Read more

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What are some good solid foods to try with my 14 mon old? She is picky and has eggs and tree but allergies and still on baby food.

What are some good solid foods to try with my 14 mon old? She is picky and has eggs and tree but allergies and still on baby food.

See your allergist: This is a discussion best held with the allergist who did the skin testing on your daughter. Your allergist can make much better recommendations about her specific situation than we can here on healthtap, and if you still have questions, can direct you to a dietician to get further advice. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take lysine supplement with omega-3 fish oils and a daily multivitamin? I'm new to supplements and bit of a hypochondriac

Is it safe to take lysine supplement with omega-3 fish oils and a daily multivitamin? I'm new to supplements and bit of a hypochondriac

You should be: It is unnecessary to take these supplements - there is no data that suggests benefit to you at your age (and taking them doesn't slow the normal aging process which is inevitable for everyone). Instead, concentrate on eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining normal weight. That's been proven to help! ...Read more

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If I cut out all sugars and wheat and dairy and only eat chicken and quinoa almond milk and apples will I lose weight ?

If I cut out all sugars and wheat and dairy and only eat chicken and quinoa almond milk and apples will I lose weight ?

Probably not: If you take in the same amount of calories and exercise the same amount your weight should stay stable. Have you considered eating a healthy balanced diet? ...Read more

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My breakfast will consist of a parfait with the fruit and cereal. Also i'll be having green tea, healthy breakfast, yes no?

My breakfast will consist of a parfait with the fruit and cereal. Also i'll be having green tea, healthy breakfast, yes no?

Maybe.: While that breakfast sounds good in theory, the granola contained in parfaits can sometimes be surprisingly fattening. Check the nutrition facts label on the item. If you make the parfait yourself, use low fat granola and yogurt. ...Read more

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If i eat a cereal at trader joes that has 13 vitamins and minerals and take a multivitamin is that too much?

If i eat a cereal at trader joes that has 13 vitamins and minerals and take a multivitamin is that too much?

Cereal and mulitvit: Most cereals and multivitamins are low in vitamin content so this is PROBABLY not an issue. Getting a nutritional lab test is the best way to go. Then you will know where you are low and can supplement appropriately. See Spectracell Lab in Texas for a good one. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Any good medicines names with vitamins minerals zinc calcium energy and protein? My nutrition is not good i always feel weakness

Any good medicines names with vitamins minerals zinc calcium energy and protein? My nutrition is not good i always feel weakness

Good FOOD: Healthy food has all these contents you're asking about. What about learning to eat in ways that nourish your body, rather than looking for a pill or medicine? There are multivitamins to support your diet, but they will not replace it. ...Read more

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What causes very low Vitamin D even when on Driscoll 50,000 units weekly? My diet is rich in vegetables and dairy, and I get plenty of sun.

What causes very low Vitamin D even when on Driscoll 50,000 units weekly? My diet is rich in vegetables and dairy, and I get plenty of sun.

Wait longer: It will usually take several months for your vitamin D level to normalize. If it does not after that period of time, check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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