You go to the chiropractor to get adjusted, removing those pesky subluxations that affect your body’s ability to heal and function well. You may chat with your chiropractor about sleep position, stretches, and exercises but did you realize there is another component to your health that can have even a great affect? Your diet! Proper nutrition is a necessary health behavior to encourage musculoskeletal health.
Chiropractors practice the concept of holistic medicine, which provides care for the entire body instead of concentrating on just the disease’s symptoms. Part of holistic medicine includes nutrition, which focuses on food to bring health and wellness to the body. Chiropractors are required to study nutrition as part of their schooling. They have an understanding how nutrition affects your body’s ability to heal and repair itself. Here is a list of vitamins and nutrients that can optimize your adjustment and your health:
- Vitamin D: Did you know that lower vitamin D levels can cause lower back pain? Vitamin D is necessary for strong bones and muscles. Without Vitamin D, our bodies cannot effectively absorb calcium, which is essential to good bone health.
- Calcium: If you are seeking chiropractic care, it is likely that there is weakness in the bones that may be causing alignment issues. Calcium is a crucial vitamin that should be considered to increase muscle strength and bone density.
- B Vitamins: With a holistic approach to your health, chiropractors also know important factors, like how B vitamins should balance to prevent liver dysfunction and gallstones.
- Protein: Protein is necessary for muscles to rebuild. Whether it is a strain, separation, tear, or other types of muscle injuries, chiropractic can help patients reduce the potential for these injuries to cause significant damage. Increased protein in your diet can assist in the recovery process for muscle injuries. The body thrives on protein to both build and repair muscle.
Nutrition and chiropractic care go hand in hand. Without proper nutrition, chiropractic can only do so much! It is important to pay attention to both aspects of your health to ensure nutrition is complementing your chiropractic care and working together to bring about the best outcome possible for your health. Give us a call today at 630-262-1421 or schedule a consult to understand how nutrition and chiropractic can help you live your best life!