Chiropractic care is a natural treatment approach that uses resources naturally available in our environment to treat injuries and symptoms in the body. Eating a diet that consists of proper nutrition is a natural complement to chiropractic treatment. In order to heal injuries or prevent the onset of certain diseases, your body needs certain vitamins and nutrients. Below are just a few examples of how and why it is crucial to place emphasis on a proper diet when looking to heal as quickly as possible and prevent the pain from coming back. Be sure to talk to your doctor before making changes to your diet however, as some of these general recommendations may not be right for you.
1. Your body has different nutritional needs in times of sickness. When you're sick (like the flu or a cold) or injured (such as a cut or a torn muscle) your body needs and uses about twice as much protein as you normally do! Why is that? Well, remember that pretty much all of the resources your body needs to make more cells (heal tissue) come from your diet. A large part of who and what you are is protein, so in order to make more cells, as is the case in times of tissue damage, your body needs more protein. Similarly, a large part of your immune system is made up of protein so if you want to effectively fight off a cold, you need protein so your body can make more immune cells. That's why your chiropractor may recommend that you consume some extra protein when you're sick or going through the healing process.
2. Research shows that certain supplements can speed up the healing process. It has long been said that taking Vitamin C can help keep you from getting sick. Well, as it turns out, the research actually says that this is not true! But don't worry, there's still good news. There is evidence that taking Vitamin D when you have a cold or other respiratory infection can decrease the amount of time you are sick by about a day. Not a bad deal if you ask me!
3. Research has shown that people who eat healthy tend to feel less pain. A healthy diet can decrease systemic inflammation, decreasing tissue damage and causing you to feel less pain than someone who consistently eats an unhealthy diet. Eating a lot of sugar and simple carbohydrates, and few nutrients like vitamins, protein and fiber, can also make it more difficult for tissues to heal.
We invite you to contact our Daytona Beach office today to speak with Dr. Fleming to see if implementing some basic nutritional changes may help you reach your health goals. Call our office at 386-872-7167 to schedule your visit or schedule conveniently online by clicking the button below (online scheduling is available 24/7).
If you'd like to pass on an assisted nutrition program for now, check out our nutrition database. This is a free resource that we are providing to you to help you take those first steps towards a healthier you. Although it is still a work in progress, we are always working to add more nutritional information. Check it out at the link below:
Dr. Alesha Fleming
Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL
Dr. Fleming is a family chiropractor in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is passionate about preventative health care and nutrition and enjoys empowering her patients to improve their health and fitness, one day at a time!