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You are what you eat: Incorporating nutrition and chiropractic

Incorporating nutrition and chiropracticThe body is innately intelligent and designed to be not only self-healing and self-regulating, but also a vehicle to harbor all of life’s unlimited potential.  In order to receive the full potential of a chiropractic adjustment as well as food, one should lead a lifestyle that includes proper sleep, hydration, a positive mental attitude, and most importantly, proper nourishment and nerve supply.

Proper nutrition is a necessary health behavior to encourage musculoskeletal health. If you are seeking chiropractic care to recover from an injury or even just to maintain musculoskeletal health, nutrition becomes even more important. Nutrition and chiropractic care are interwoven to the point where even the slightest nutritional mishap can take away from all the good work you have done with your chiropractor.

A body that is fed whole foods and whole food nutritional supplements can utilize their macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals to build and rebuild all the tissues of the body; the very same tissues that receive nervous system impulses. Does healthy tissue receive a chiropractic adjustment better than damaged or diseased tissue?   The body is self-healing and self- regulating when it is free of nerve interference and properly fed.

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Chiropractors and nutritionists work synergistically. As patients continue to be adjusted and receive nutritional education about the benefits of whole foods and whole food nutritional supplements, their understanding grows as to how both of these things come together and make a difference in the way they feel.

If you are unsure about what kind of foods you should be eating, speak to your chiropractor who can give you information on what to eat. When in doubt, consider consuming raw foods dense in nutrients, especially vegetables.

  • Fresh vegetables including cabbage, peppers, carrots, spinach, kale, tomatoes and legumes are foods that are high in fiber and contain minerals and vitamins required by the body. You should aim to eat 7 – 9 servings of fresh vegetables daily.
  • Fresh fruits in season including strawberries, red grapes, blueberries, cherries, blackberries and pomegranates are loaded with high levels of antioxidants which help the body to get rid of toxins and free radicals.
  • Whole grains such as whole wheat bread, oats and brown rice are good choices that help the body to function with fiber and valuable amino acids.
  • Fresh herbs (when possible) and spices can not only add flavor to food, but provide a good benefit to the person consuming them. Turmeric contains a large concentration of anti-inflammatory compound that is easily digested. Cinnamon, cider vinegar, basil, mint, chamomile, parsley, chili pepper and black pepper all contain compounds that reduce inflammation.

If you are not eating well, your nerves can be affected by impacting their ability to share information. Improper nutrition can affect the body’s ability to repair muscle, muscle density, the function of your organs and fluid levels in your cells.

Nutrition and chiropractic care go hand in hand. Without proper nutrition, chiropractic care can only do so much. It is important to pay attention to both aspects of your health and ensure that nutrition is not only a complement to chiropractic care, but that it is working together to bring about the best outcomes possible.

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