Nutrition’s Role in Chiropractic Care
Nutrition is a crucial element of your health. What you put into your body is directly related to your health status and how your body can perform necessary processes. Food is not only fuel for our bodies, but provides necessary nutrients to keep your organs functioning, your body moving, and your brain operating.
- Proper nutrition is a necessary for maintaining musculoskeletal health. Nutrition is very important if you are seeking chiropractic care to recover from an injury. Nutrition and chiropractic care are so interwoven that even the slightest nutritional mishap can take away from all the good work you have done with your chiropractor.
- When seeking chiropractic care, it is important to be mindful of your calorie intake. If you are recovering from a spinal injury, an increased calorie count combined with low levels of activity can lead to weight gain. This can put excessive strain on the spine and inhibit the recovery process.
- You may be seeking chiropractic care for an injury to the muscles. The recovery process for a strain, separation, a tear, or other type of muscle injury may require increased protein intake to help the recovery process. Protein both builds and repairs muscles.
- Some patients seeking chiropractic care may have some sort of weakness in their bones that is causing problems with alignment. When this is the case, foods high in calcium should be eaten as they may give you added muscle strength.
Did you know . . .
The standard American diet does not provide the nutrients important for good health. Surveys indicate:
- 20% of the US population never eats vegetable
- 40% rarely consumes fruit or fruit juices
- 80% of the population never consumes whole grains or high-fiber foods
Additionally, all forms of refined sugar lower the immune system response and interfere with the ability of the white blood cells to destroy unfriendly bacteria.
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 your care and nutrition are working together to bring about the best outcomes possible.
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Suggested Dietary Changes
- Consume 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day, such as whole-grain breads and cereals, beans, and nuts. Some fruits and vegetables are also good sources of fiber.
- Eat more raw foods as fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables always have more natural vitamins and minerals.
- Hydrate your body with adequate fluid intake. Water and other beverages that do not contain added sugars or chemicals and many juicy fruits and vegetables can help you meet your fluid requirements.
- Limit your sugar intake to avoid weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
- Select organically grown foods when possible. Studies have shown they have lower amounts of toxic elements, such as pesticides and heavy metals.