• The Importance of a Good Diet to Chiropractic Care

    on Oct 26th, 2017

These days it seems everyone is trying to eat healthier. Organic this, natural that. Low-carb this, gluten-free that. It’s no surprise, of course. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is obviously good for your waistline and has a host of other health benefits. One of them is that it’s good for your back.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. What you eat, how much you eat and how often you eat goes a long way in determining your general health, your weight and your susceptibility to disease and sickness. Consistently eating well can strengthen your bones, improve your skin, decrease the likelihood of certain cancers and other diseases and generally keep you feeling and operating at your best. So, why would it not affect your back like it does the rest of your body?

Maintaining good nutrition is integral to your musculoskeletal health, and having strong bones and muscles are, is you’d probably guess, very good for your back health. In fact, it’s sort of the body’s first line of defense for a healthy back. Getting plenty of rest and exercise and receiving proper care when you need it are all great, but no one can escape their diet. Even the slightest nutritional mistake can have a major effect on your body and seriously detract from all the great work your chiropractor has done with you.

Watch Those Calories

Do you track your caloric intake? It’s a lot to ask for most people to count every last calorie they consume throughout every day of their life. You’re busy. We get it. But it’s important for you to have at least a general idea of how how many calories you usually consume in a day. Increasing the amount of calories you consume – especially when combined with lowered levels of physical activity while recovering from back issues or treatments – can lead to weight gain. This puts undue strain on your spine, which can impede your recovery.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no standard amount of calories that’s appropriate for everyone. Instead, you should work with your doctor to establish a caloric goal that’s right for your body and its needs. The key is consistently sticking to the caloric plan that works best for you personally. Don’t worry about what everyone is doing or about random advice you read online. Talk to your doctor and listen to him/her. Stick to your plan and enjoy a healthier back.

Eat the Right Things

Many people who seek chiropractic care do so because they’ve damaged their muscles with a strain, separation, tear or other injury. Corrective care can help with that, of course, but it’s most effective when paired with a strong diet of the right kind of foods. Specifically, your body needs nutrients and proteins to assist in the recovery process. The body relies on protein when building and repairing muscles, so a high-protein diet

But which proteins should you eat and how much? That’s where a plan formulated with your doctor can help.

Make a Plan with Your Doctor

Speaking of a plan, the first step in establishing one is going to a nutritional assessment with your chiropractor. Advanced Wellness’ Dr. Pinto strongly recommends nutritional counseling for his patients, particularly if they’re having trouble getting in shape through weight loss programs. During your assessment, Dr. Pinto will evaluate your medical history and lifestyle choices. Using this information, he’ll put together a personalized care plan based your goals (weight loss, weight maintenance, etc.).

By collecting data in four key areas, Dr. Pinto will put together a plan that’s specific to your body’s needs:

What you put into your body is directly related to the overall health of your back and the rest of your body. Most people lack the deep knowledge necessary to maintain nutritional habits that are appropriate for them. But they can hardly be blamed for it – nutrition is hard. It’s complicated! There are a zillion choices, with many claiming to be healthier than they actually are, and the worst choices are often the most affordable, convenient and easily accessible ones. If you’re going to get it right, you’re going to need a little help.

If you were on a gameshow, this is where you’d phone an expert for help. Who’s your expert. If the question is how to maintain a proper nutritional intake to strengthen your back and overall health, the answer is Dr. Pinto.

Why? Because Dr. Pinto is a chiropractor with specializations in nutrition, a certified Diplomate of the American Clinical board of Nutrition and a Diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (DCBCN) and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN).

Call Advanced Wellness and set your appointment today to discover how you can eat better to support your back health.

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