Dr. Enshiwat, MD
You’ve probably heard it before: eat your fruits and vegetables!
But why is nutrition so important? According to the CDC, many Americans
lack an adequate source of good nutrition. Adopting a healthy diet is
one of the easiest ways to live longer and decrease your risk for serious
illness. Dr. Enshiwat, an internal medicine physician at GCH, talked about
the different ways you can integrate better nutrition into your daily life.
“You can never go wrong with things like fresh fruits and vegetables,”
Dr. Enshiwat said. “But make sure you wash them thoroughly, especially
now with the number of pesticides that are being used.” You also
don’t have to eliminate foods from your diet. “Everything
in moderation is acceptable,” Dr. Enshiwat said. “Nobody will
tell you that you can never each French fries. If you have to have unhealthy
foods once in a while, it’s okay- but for the most part, you should
stick to a clean diet.”
A clean diet also means eating more whole grains and avoiding processed
and packaged foods, including bacon, hot dogs, and deli meats. “[These
foods] have no nutritional value and are more harmful than helpful,”
Dr. Enshiwat said. She also recommends sticking to foods that have small
ingredient lists and are easy to pronounce, such as nuts and eggs.
According to the FDA, the human body needs the right ‘mix’
of nutrients for good health. Vitamins and supplements can help you get
the right amount these nutrients. “It’s recommended to try
things like Ensure, Boost or protein supplements [that are] high in calories
and protein to get the adequate calorie intake needed,” Dr. Enshiwat
said. While the benefits of multivitamins haven’t been proven, there’s
no harm in taking them. Making healthier eating choices can play a big
role in your overall life. Talk to your doctor about which diet fits your needs.
Dr. Enshiwat is board-certified in internal medicine with an office in
Garden City. Schedule an appointment with her at https://www.gch.org/Find-a-Physician/E/Mandy-Enshiwat-MD.aspx.