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Are Macrobiotic Diets Healthy?!

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As Gwyneth Paltrow revealed the she suffered from osteopenia, a weakening of the bone which is rare for someone so young, is caused by a lack of vitamin D. Many believe the deficiency can be linked to her restrictive macrobiotic diet.

The diet is based on the Eastern philosophy of balancing yin and yang, where unprocessed, wholesome, natural and primarily plant-based ingredients are consumed. A typical macrobiotic diet consists of 50 to 60 percent whole grains, 20 to 25 percent organic and local fruits and vegetables, 5 percent sea vegetables, and 5 to 10 percent soup. Dairy, meat and unrefined sugars are restricted, along with tomatoes, potatoes, spinach, beets, zucchini, avocado, eggplant, peppers and asparagus.

People swear that the regimen may protect against diseases, including cancer, along with improving spiritual and physical wellness. Although, it tends to be low in vitamins D and B12, iron, protein and calcium. And strict devotees frown upon nutritional supplements!

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends 400 to 800 international units per day of vitamin D for women and men under age 50. It is necessary in order for the body to absorb calcium and other nutrients essential for bone health. When D is too low, bones may become thin, brittle and malformed.

As long as the diet is balanced and daily nutritional needs are being met, a macrobiotic diet can be part of a pretty healthy lifestyle.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Has Bone Issues!

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So her doctor told the fair-skinned gal to get her ass in the sun!

Gwyneth Paltrow was diagnosed with the onset of osteopenia, a condition with low bone mineral density so she was ordered by doctors to spend more time in the sun to boost her vitamin D levels.

Gwynnie says:

"I suffered a pretty severe Tibial plateau fracture a few years ago (requiring surgery) which lead the orthopaedic surgeon to give me a bone scan, at which point it was discovered I had the beginning stages of osteopenia.

"This led my western/eastern doctors in New York to test my Vitamin D levels, which turned out to be the lowest they had ever seen, not a good thing. I went on a prescription strength level of Vitamin D and was told to spend a bit of time in the sun! I was curious if this was safe, having been told for years to stay away from its dangerous rays, not to mention a tad bit confused."

But after following the doc's advice she was able to reverse her vitamin D deficiency — and she probably got a sweet little tan to boot!

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