Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Dr. David Brownstein, M.D.

Healthy Diet Basics

Monday, 14 Jan 2013 10:31 AM

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Question: What are the basics of a good diet?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Human beings are designed to take nutrients from food to make energy and support the body’s metabolic processes. Some of these nutrients are used right away; some are stored away for future use. Eating an unhealthy diet causes the body to use its own source of nutrients to try to digest the food and maintain normal body function. In the long term, eating foods that are lacking vital nutrients leads to poor energy and illness.

Think about it: If you fill up your car with poor-quality gas, will it run efficiently? We all know it won’t. Similarly, a poor diet will eventually cause your body to malfunction. The problem is, you only have one body — you can’t trade it in like a car.

So what is a healthy diet? That’s simple: one that supplies the nutrients the body needs, including adequate amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrates from healthy sources. It doesn’t include refined sugar, flour, salt, and oils.

Furthermore, the food in a good diet is free of pesticides, insecticides, and synthetic hormones — this is true of either a vegan or an animal-based diet.

Here are a few guidelines to follow in building a healthy diet:

• Cook with coconut oil. It fights viruses and infections and prevents atherosclerosis.

• Choose beef and dairy products from pasture-fed cows raised on organic feed without hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides.

• Eat organic eggs.

• Eat plenty of organically grown fruits and vegetables. In addition to being toxic, pesticides in conventional produce deplete iodine.

• Stay away from refined carbohydrates.

• Avoid sugars, including high fructose corn syrup.

• Don’t drink or eat anything that is artificially sweetened.

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