Nutrition Is a Valuable Tool
According to an article in The American Chiropractor, nearly 70 percent of chiropractors use or reference proper nutrition in their practice. The article states, “They see it as a valuable tool in treating the whole person and keeping their patients free of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and obesity.”
Proper nutrition is about having the raw materials necessary for health to manifest.
Foods that Promote Wellness
Good nutrition is more than just ditching the doughnuts and banishing those bagels. It’s about making daily decisions to include healthy eating as part of your wellness plan. Adding some of the most nutritious foods to your grocery cart is a good place to start.
An information article from Medical News Today reveals the top 10 foods considered to be the healthiest, according to surveys and sources across North America and Western Europe. For better health, consider incorporating these nutritional powerhouses into your diet:
- Oily Fish
- Leafy Greens
- Sweet Potatoes
- Wheat Germ
- Oatmeal (porridge)
Benefits of Healthy Eating
By making healthy eating a part of your daily routine, you can get more energy, lose weight, reduce medical bills, and possibly add years to your life. Though you may have to pay a little more for that organic kale or wild Alaskan salmon, you could enjoy reduced sick days and fewer trips to see your doctor.
At your next visit let’s talk about nutrition and your health!
What About Meat Consumption?
Did you know that in America alone, both men and women eat nearly double the protein necessary for their body weight?
Meat. It’s a part of our daily lives, and for many is the main component of every meal. However, meat has recently been in the media for the drawbacks involved with its consumption. The World Health Organization and the American Dietetic Association report that meat consumption may be associated with an increased risk of certain types of cancer, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
With cardiovascular disease and cancer as the biggest non-contagious disease killers in the world, protecting yourself from risk is now more important than ever.
Where Will Your Protein Come From?
You’re probably thinking, “If I don’t eat meat, where would I get my protein from?” Well, have you considered protein-rich sources from plant-based food, such as beans, legumes, seitan and quinoa? You may also want to look into food combining. This pairs up complementary foods such as beans and rice, which when combined result in the necessary mix of amino acids.
These options will provide what your body needs and leave you feeling full and satisfied, just like meat-based meals would.
Consider the Environment
Another aspect of meat consumption to think about is the effect on the environment. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that the livestock industry generates large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. It has also been considered a major source of the decrease of land and water quality in the world. These might be additional aspects for you to consider in your dietary decisions.
Find What’s Right for You
It might feel like it’s not possible to remove meat from your diet. Consider starting small and try meatless Mondays in your household. There are many online resources for healthy, delicious plant-based meals for you to try out. You can visit the website chooseveg.com to receive a free vegetarian starter guide.
The best way to start is to do some of your own research so you can make up your mind about what’s best for you and your family.
What’s in Your Kitchen?
Did you know that your kitchen cupboards are chock-full of good stuff that works as natural remedies for many common ailments?
What we eat has a huge impact on our health, and this has never been more apparent than in today’s world. We know that some foods are good and that others don’t nourish our bodies as well.
Chinese medicine experts, Yuan Wang and Warren Sheir and writer Mika Ono co-author the book Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life. They share research about some items that you probably have lying around your kitchen that might help keep you healthy.
- Fresh ginger. Ginger can be used to aid digestion and help when your stomach is upset. It may also help fight off some types of the common cold.
- Garlic. Research shows garlic has antibacterial and immunity-enhancing properties, not to mention being a tasty addition to cooking.
- Mushrooms. The long history of this vegetable includes a reputation for enhancing immunity and is being investigated for potential anti-cancer and anti-viral properties.
- Green tea. Laboratory studies suggest green tea may help slow certain cancers. Tea may also aid in weight loss, lower blood cholesterol, inhibit the absorption of fatty foods and protect your skin from the damaging sun though data hasn’t been conclusive on the subject.
- Walnuts. Not only do they provide you with valuable Omega-3s, but also walnuts are being studied for their role in reducing the damage caused by unhealthy fats and ability to counteract Alzheimer’s disease.
- Peppermint. This refreshing herb may address indigestion, gas and bloating. Its cooling properties suggest it relaxes the involuntary muscles in your digestive tract.
- Cinnamon. It’s not just used in sweet desserts! Some studies have shown that cinnamon can help control blood sugar and may have antibacterial properties.
Foods can be used to proactively protect our bodies and minds. When you combine a healthy diet with chiropractic care that checks your nervous system function, you’ll be equipping your body to work as it was designed to. Let us help you start your journey toward living a full, rich life.
Are There Health Benefits to Fasting?
Some chiropractors and other natural healing disciplines suggest fasting from time to time as a means to cleanse the body and rid it of toxins, so it functions better.
Critics of fasting say that it starves the body and that regular sleeping and periods in between eating are enough to give the digestive system the rest it needs.
So…whom do we believe?
Fasting has been practiced for centuries, for both religious and therapeutic reasons and is well documented in biblical accounts. It involves the voluntary abstinence from all substances, except pure water, for a certain period. While most healthy individuals can tolerate a one to three day fast on their own, fasts of a longer duration should take place with the supervision of a trained health care professional to coach you through the process.
What Are the Benefits?
Benefits associated with fasting may include
- Provides the digestive system with a rest from its daily activities, just as we need to take a vacation from our jobs.
- Cleanses the body by eliminating harmful toxins.
- Allows the body a period of rest for meditation and spiritual development.
- Introduces a period of transition (i.e., weight loss, overcoming addictions, shift from meat eating to a vegetarian diet, etc.) to the body to gear up for it.
Of course, fasting is not advised for pregnant or nursing women, those with a life-threatening illness (cancer, AIDS), and those with diabetes or liver disease. Individuals on prescription medications should check with their doctors prior to initiating a fast.
What About Research?
Studies conducted by Mark P. Mattson at the National Institute on Aging on mice concluded that fasting has beneficial effects on the aging process as well. Mattson said an earlier study found that mice that fasted every other day had extended life spans. A new experiment found the mice also did better in factors involved in diabetes and nerve damage in the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers presented information at the 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions that fasting reduced cholesterol levels in prediabetic people over extended periods of time. Although more in-depth study is needed, these findings lay the groundwork for future study.
Fasting may not be for everyone, but if you’re interested in discussing this or other options for cleansing your body, give us a call.