By: Dr. Ryan Lee
You may be surprised to find out that your nutrition plays an important role in your chiropractic care and overall wellness. Since March is National Nutrition Month, we wanted to highlight how healthy eating is connected to your overall health and well-being, and should be a part of your chiropractic care plan.
Good nutrition can help you maintain a healthy, holistic lifestyle. One of the first steps in making sure that you’re on the right track to maintaining proper nutrition for your body and health goals is to educate yourself about it. We’ll share some key information on how to be mindful of your eating habits and how nutrition can influence your Chiropractic care plan.
Chiropractic Holistic Health Overview
A holistic health approach is something that chiropractors have been using for years. In fact, they have been using it to treat many common ailments like headaches, lower back pain and even digestive issues. By addressing these underlying problems head on, a chiropractor can often alleviate the problem with a treatment plan. As you learn more about holistic health, you will see that it isn’t something new at all. Rather, it is simply a way to live your life in balance and in harmony with nature as much as possible. Part of the holistic health approach includes how you care for your body with exercise, proper nutrition and taking care of your mind and mental well-being.
Why Nutrition Should be a Part of Your Holistic Health Approach
As health professionals, chiropractors also recommend healthy eating habits to ensure your lifestyle is at its peak. Working with a holistic nutritionist can help you devise meal plans that are appropriate for your needs and goals and offer more than just diet tips—they can also help identify nutrition deficiencies. The moral of that story? If you’re not feeling as healthy as you should be, take a look at what you are eating. There’s a good chance that what you are putting in your body is impacting how you feel.
Chiropractors care about your overall health and will encourage you to make good nutritional choices. But they know that it is not enough just to avoid junk food or follow a few simple dietary rules. To maintain a healthy weight, it is important to make sure you are eating wholesome food, so your body gets all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs
Tips to Improve Your Nutrition
Improving your nutrition can take time, patience and an openness to new ideas (and foods!). But if you want to live a healthier lifestyle, committing yourself to a clean-eating plan (or simply making smart swaps) can make a world of difference. Start with these tips. Take baby steps towards big changes If you are just starting out on your journey, take it slow and be mindful of what you are eating.
What to Add to Your Diet
Eating well can help prevent weight gain, which can cause problems for your spine and slow down healing. Healthy eating can be fun and delicious! Start incorporating some of these foods into your meals:
Fresh vegetables including cabbage, peppers, carrots, spinach, kale, tomatoes and legumes are foods that are high in fiber and contain minerals and vitamins that your body needs.
Fresh fruits like strawberries, red grapes, blueberries, cherries, blackberries and pomegranates are loaded with high levels of antioxidants which are healthy for your body.
Whole grains such as whole wheat bread, oats and brown rice are also good choices that help the body to function with fiber and valuable amino acids.
Fresh herbs and spices not only add flavor to your food, but they also provide many health benefits to the person consuming them. Turmeric contains a large concentration of anti-inflammatory compound that is easily digested. Cinnamon, cider vinegar, basil, mint, chamomile, parsley, chili pepper and black pepper all contain compounds that reduce inflammation.
Nutrition and chiropractic care go hand in hand. For best results in your chiropractic care plan, it is crucial that you also pay attention to your nutrition. If you’re looking for a holistic health approach in Collegedale, Ooltewah, Cleveland and the surrounding areas in Tennessee, book your appointment with Reach Health and Wellness today.
Dr. Ryan Lee is the practicing chiropractic physician at Reach Health and Wellness Chiropractic. For his full bio, click here. *This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Ryan Lee and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Dr. Lee does not take responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.