We all know that chiropractic adjustments can safely and effectively relieve neck and back pain. The overall premise is to return the body to its natural alignment by removing spinal subluxations, which can help to heal the root cause of many problems.
Spinal adjustments, however, aren’t necessarily the Holy Grail for total health. It’s essential for chiropractic patients to also make adjustments in their everyday lives as well. By doing so, they’ll maximize the effects of their chiropractic treatments, and experience better overall health in general.
Nutrition is one of the biggest factors and plays a large role in a patient’s recovery. The old adage, “you are what you eat” is true. Feeding the body with vital vitamins and minerals promotes growth and healing. Filling up on fried, fatty foods does the opposite.
Here are four nutritional tips every chiropractic patient should follow:
1. Watch your calories.
Individuals recovering from spinal or other injuries heal quicker when they avoid carrying excess weight. This is especially true if the injury has sidelined them from normal physical exercise.
Choose lean cuts of meat and fresh fruits and vegetables and practice portion control. A diet with few excess calories offers the dual benefit of helping you avoid packing on the pounds and helping you heal faster.
2. Pay attention to calcium intake.
Bones need calcium for strength, so it should be a priority to consume foods that are rich with it. In fact, the four most calcium-rich foods are dark leafy greens, low-fat cheese, milk, and yogurt.
If you are visiting your Fort Collins Chiropractor for issues or conditions concerning your bones or nerves, he may recommend that you introduce these foods into your diet as soon as possible.
3. Make protein a priority.
Muscle injuries are one of the most popular reasons for chiropractic visits. Protein helps build and heal muscle tissue, helping it to renew itself back to a pre-injury state.
If your daily intake of protein is low, it can hinder the healing process and stand in the way of chiropractic visits giving you the maximum results. Fish and lean meats are the foods that offer the highest protein.
Other vegetarian options are tofu, soybeans, eggs, milk, and nuts. Help your muscles rebuild and heal by adding high protein foods into every meal menu.
4. Stay hydrated.
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps promote healing. Water provides an entire slew of benefits, from transporting those important nutrients to where they need to be, to flushing harmful toxins out of the body. Aim for eight glasses of water throughout the day. If you find drinking plain water difficult, try adding slices of lemon or cucumber to give it flavor. Getting into this habit will boost overall health, and promote healing of injuries and other medical conditions.
While it’s a smart goal to try to ingest all the nutrients you need through food and drink, supplements are available to bridge the gap. Before beginning a supplement regimen, talk to Dr. Kleker for recommendations on the type and dosage that will aid and improve your unique situation.
You may also want to download a smartphone app to track your daily intake of calories, calcium, protein and liquid. There are many available, one being My Fitness Pal. Easy and free to use, this is a powerful tool to keep you on the right nutritional track.
Making the commitment to chiropractic treatment with your Northern Colorado Chiropractor is a big step in the right direction for your overall health and well-being. Incorporate these nutritional tips to your daily routine in order to get the most out of your chiropractic care. Call us today at (970) 377-1775 for a free consultation!