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Posted by: anna | 2011-08-29

VEGETARIAN

MY BOYFRIEND IS A VEGETARIAN, AND DOES NOT EAT ANY TYPE OF SPICE, TIN( CAN) FOOD. WHEN HE GET A PUMPLE ON HIS FACE OR ANYWHERE AT HIS BODY PARTS, HE IS BROWSING BADLY. HE IS WEAK AND LOSING STRENGTH. IS THERE ANY MEDICAL AND VITAMIMINS THAT HE MUST TAKE, EVERYDAY.

PLEASE ASSIST/ADVICE US

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Dear Anna
If your boyfriend is a strict vegetarian and does not eat any eggs, yoghurt, or cheese, and does not drink any milk or maas, then it is possible that he may be deficient in the following nutrients: protein, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids. I would recommend that your boyfriend should firstly have a medical checkup so that the dr can determine if he is suffering from deficiencies (for example, if he has an iron or a vitamin B12 deficiency, he may be anaemic and need iron or vit B12 injections). The doctor will advise him if he needs to take an iron or a vit B12 supplement. To boost his protein intake it is important that he should eat legumes - these are dry beans, peas, lentils or soya. Legumes are a good source of protein and you can make nourishing soups, patties and lentil dishes for him to eat. For calcium he will need to take a calcium supplement such as Caltrate, in addition to a complete multivitamin and mineral supplement such as Centrum or Supradyn Forte. Finally he can take flaxseed oil which you can buy at health shops.
But please first persuade him to see the doctor so that the dr can pinpoint what kind of deficiencies he has.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: Kasandra | 2011-08-29

I am likewise a vegetarian, but when you become one for ethical or health reasons you must make 100% sure you educate yourself, as you really have to put in the effort to make sure your body gets in everything it needs.

Would be beneficial for him to take a full mineral and vitamin supplement, what foods does he eat?

Does he eat enough, nuts, beans, green leavy vegetables, whole grains, good fats and plant proteins?

His he a full vegetarian or lacto/ovo vegetarian meaning does he drink milk and eat eggs.

Why would he not eat canned food? nothing wrong as long as it doesnt contain meat.

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011-08-29

Dear Anna
If your boyfriend is a strict vegetarian and does not eat any eggs, yoghurt, or cheese, and does not drink any milk or maas, then it is possible that he may be deficient in the following nutrients: protein, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids. I would recommend that your boyfriend should firstly have a medical checkup so that the dr can determine if he is suffering from deficiencies (for example, if he has an iron or a vitamin B12 deficiency, he may be anaemic and need iron or vit B12 injections). The doctor will advise him if he needs to take an iron or a vit B12 supplement. To boost his protein intake it is important that he should eat legumes - these are dry beans, peas, lentils or soya. Legumes are a good source of protein and you can make nourishing soups, patties and lentil dishes for him to eat. For calcium he will need to take a calcium supplement such as Caltrate, in addition to a complete multivitamin and mineral supplement such as Centrum or Supradyn Forte. Finally he can take flaxseed oil which you can buy at health shops.
But please first persuade him to see the doctor so that the dr can pinpoint what kind of deficiencies he has.
Best regards
DietDoc

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