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My five-year-old daughter has been allergic to various foods...

My five-year-old daughter has been allergic to various foods. Since she was three months old, she has many food allergies with an extreme case of eczema. She is allergic to casein, soy, nuts, wheat, and egg white. Very recently she had high lead levels of twenty-one and we are working on that by giving her iron. I have tried every source possible to give her complete nutrition which consists of lentils, spinach, broccoli, avocados, carrots, orange juice, rice, and other fruits and vegetables. She looks very fatigued with dark circles. I have started giving her vitamins and iron supplements. I need to have information about nutritional yeast-how good or bad is it for her? I don’t want my daughter to experience any side effects so I’m desperately seeking help to find honest information on the value of this product.

Referring to nutritional yeast, I believe you mean brewer’s yeast, or baker’s yeast, which is often used as a source of B-complex vitamins, chromium, and selenium. The B-complex vitamins in brewer’s yeast include B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), and H or B7 (biotin). These vitamins help break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins which provide the body with energy. They also support the nervous system, help maintain the muscles used for digestion, and keep skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver healthy. However, brewer’s yeast does not contain vitamin B12, an essential vitamin found in meat and dairy products. Vegetarians sometimes take brewer’s yeast and mistakenly believe that it provides B12, which can be lacking in their diet.
Given the extent of your daughter’s reactions to foods, I would suggest you see a dietitian to help with meal planning. I am not aware of data that indicates the safety of use of brewer’s yeast with children.

I am 13 weeks pregnant. What can I eat to still get the vitamins I need?

I am lactose-intolerant and allergic to fish oils. I can’t seem to eat any kind of fish, or drink any kind of milk other than soy. What can I eat to still get the vitamins I need?

Eating a variety of foods other than milk and fish will provide all the vitamins you need. Additionally taking a prenatal vitamin and calcium will ensure this.

I’m looking to learn more and earn a holistic nutrition degree. Would I be able to land a job after I graduate?

Hi! My name’s William, and I have a fairly off-topic question, so I thank you in advance for your input! I’ve been a personal trainer and natural competitive bodybuilder for a few years now and owe all my success to proper nutrition. I’ve been highly interested in the field, and have picked up quite a bit of nutritional knowledge along the way. I’m looking to learn more and earn a holistic nutrition degree...I’ve found a school accredited by American Naturopathic Medical Certification and Accreditation Board. Would I be able to land a job after I graduate? Would most hospitals recognize this degree? Thank you!

William, it is nice to hear of your interest in nutrition, especially from your view as a body builder and athlete. The naturopathic/holistic track is interesting but will not be recognized by most healthcare institutions. Most will require registered dietitian certification, and a license issued by most but not all states in the U.S. Visit the web site of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) to get information on educational requirements, and visit the ADA practice group SCAN’s sports, cardiovascular, and wellness nutrition site (scandpg.org) to get more information on sports nutrition. Good luck with your search.

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