Nutritional Counseling At Reed Chiropractic Clinic
If you’re suffering from a condition like chronic pain, nutritional counseling might not be at the top of your list of prospective treatments from a chiropractor. However, good nutrition is one of the cornerstones of health – the other two being exercise and sleep. Practicing good nutrition is also an important part of dieting for weight loss. Reed Chiropractic Clinic in Solon, Ohio, offers some basic information about nutrition and health.
The Importance of Good Nutrition
Think of your body as a biological machine. In order to run properly, it needs the right kind and amounts of “fuel.” It may also need different nutrients at different times in life to promote overall health over the lifespan. For example, babies are healthier when breastfed for a minimum of six months and preferably a year. Calcium consumption in teens affects the bone structure and can reduce the risk of osteoporosis in old age. Your body needs adequate minerals and vitamins to make hormones, support the nervous system and repair cellular damage.
Good Nutrition vs. Dieting
Diets typically focus on calorie restriction with the goal of weight loss. However, they may be deficient in certain nutrients such as protein and healthy fat. You can practice good nutrition and still lose weight – in fact, you’re more likely to keep the weight off if you look at improving your diet as the primary goal and weight loss as a secondary goal. If your body isn’t getting the right nutrients, your metabolism is less effective. There are lots of diets out there, but none is effective for everyone. However, good nutrition is effective for all.
Benefits of Good Nutrition
If you are well-nourished, your body will have adequate protein to build muscle and bone. Fat supports your nervous system health, while carbohydrates provide energy. Fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains helps ensure proper digestive functioning. Vitamins offer anti-oxidants to correct damage from free-radical molecules that harm your cells. Minerals help your body maintain fluid balance; they are also required to build bones and tissue. Proper nutrition also affects the health of your skin and hair, not to mention your internal organs.
Good Nutrition and the Chiropractor
Chiropractors receive more training in nutrition than most medical doctors, including the fundamentals of nutrition, clinical nutrition (using food to heal disease) and nutritional assessment. They are also taught how to use supplements to correct nutritional deficiencies that make their presence known with symptoms such as pain. For example, B vitamins are critical for nervous system function – vitamin B6 has been linked to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Contact Our Reed Chiropractic Clinic in Solon, OH Today!
If you suffer from chronic pain, want to lose weight or improve your overall health, please contact Reed Chiropractic at (440) 248-2866. Our office, located at 33001 Solon Road, in Solon, OH, offers extended hours to serve you.