4 Nutritional Tips Every Chiropractic Patient Should Follow
Nutrition is one of the biggest factors and plays a large role in a patient’s wellness, general health and even recovery from injury. 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. Let’s look at four nutritional tips every chiropractic patient should follow:
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.
Pay attention to calcium intake
Bones need calcium for strength, so it should be a priority to consume foods that are rich with it. According to healthconsciousness.com, the four most calcium-rich foods are:
- dark leafy greens,
- low-fat cheese,
- and yogurt.
I, for one, stick to the dark leafy greens as a staple to my diet.
For all my vegan friends and patients out there, calcium, which is needed for strong bones, is found in dark green leafy vegetables, tofu made with calcium sulfate, calcium-fortified soy milk and orange juice, and many other foods commonly eaten by vegans. Although lower animal protein intake may reduce calcium losses, there is currently not enough evidence to suggest that vegans have lower calcium needs. Vegans should eat foods that are high in calcium and/or use a calcium supplement at the guidance of their doctor.
However, other excellent sources of calcium exist. Sources of well-absorbed calcium for vegans include:
- calcium-fortified soy milk and juice,
- calcium-set tofu,
- soybeans and soynuts,
- bok choy,
- Chinese cabbage,
- mustard greens,
- and okra.
If you are visiting a chiropractor for issues or conditions concerning your bones or nerves, he or she may recommend that you introduce these foods into your diet as soon as possible.
Make protein a priority
Muscle injuries are one of the most popular reasons for chiropractic care or massage therapy. 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 foods that offer the highest protein.
Other vegetarian options are tofu, soy beans, eggs, milk, and nuts. For my vegans out there, stick with veggies, hemp, non-dairy milk, nut butter, quinoa, tofu, lentils, beans, tempeh, and sprouted grain breads.
Help your muscles rebuild and heal by adding high protein foods into every meal menu.
Why do most of us view water drinking with dread? It’s not that bad! If you wish to promote healing, it’s imperative to drink enough water daily. You’ll always see me and my husband with water in hand; it’s one of the easiest healthy things you can do for your body!
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 a day and try to drink it throughout the day.
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 you chiropractor for recommendations on the type and dosage that will aid and improve your unique situation.
Making the commitment to chiropractic treatment 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.
Thanks for reading,
Dr. Christina. 🙂