Nutrition


This office focuses on three areas of nutrition, Food Sensitivites, Supplements, and the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. 

 

Supplements: If your health is not what you would like it to be, you might need supplements. These days most patients eat too much refined and processed food, most of which has little nutritional value. They don't eat enough fresh and raw foods that are naturally high in nutrients - enzymes, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that help the body thrive and maintain health. Most patients benefit from suplementing their diets in order to bridge this nutritional gap. Clinical nutrition and the relationship between food and a healthy body are more important than ever. 

 So what type of vitamins are best? After many years of working with nutrition we have found whole food supplements to be the easiest for our bodies to breakdown and use. Humans metabolize nutrients collectively, not one by one. As a result, whole food supplements are bioavailable and bioactive in the body and there is a synergistic interaction. Also quality is more important than quantity. Synthetic compounds in most commercial vitamins are made from oxides, esters and carbonates, and while on the label it looks like a lot, more is not better. Smaller amounts of whole food concentrates offer enhanced nutritional support compared to an isolated or fractionated vitamin. Synthetic vitamins contain only a fraction of the beneficial compounds that are found in foods. Supplements with whole food ingredients are more complex. They contain a mix of constituents that can be used to address a wider range of the body's needs. We use Standard Process and Mediherb supplements bacuse they grow their oown ingredients on a certified organic farm and they process the nutrients the same day so there is less loss of the valuable nutrients. They control the quality from plant to pill.

How do we find what you specifically need? We use muscle testing/Applied Kinesiology a form of biofeedback to check for deficiencies and then find the correct amount to take.

How long does it take? Just a few minutes to test, but depending on the person a few days to years to bring the levels back to normal. The average is 1-6 months. If your diet is good it takes much less time to bring deficiencies back into the healthy range.

 

FOOD ALLERGIES/SENSITIVITIES

Food allergies in the U.S. are estimated at 2 million in children and 12 million in adults, but food sensitivities are so common that almost everyone has them. You might wonder why there has been such an overall increase, many believe it is a reflection of our western diet.

Why do I as a chiropractor become involved in this? Because there are 3 stressors to the Nervous system that may cause veretebral subluxations: physical, emotional and biochemical. The biochemical stressors may be attributed to toxic cleaning and building material, medications, pesticides, herbicides and foods. We focus on foods that stress your immune system.  When you eat a food the body responds by activating the immune system, creating immunoglobin E (IgE) antibodies to the food. Histamine and other chemicals are produced causing hives, asthma or other symptoms of an allergic reaction. Symptoms of food allergies may include: tingling in the mouth, swelling of the tongue and throat, difficulty breathing, hives vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, lowered blood pressure and even death. Less noticeable symptoms are irritability, fatigue, headache, nasal congestion and skin discoloration.  We individually test 89-90 of the most common foods. This is very important for your health. It has to be very specifically tested for you. Your age, sex, race and even blood type factor into what you can and can’t eat without repercussions. The most common allergic foods are milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, seafood, strawberries, eggs and mushrooms in my opinion.  Because each individual is different you should be tested.

Food sensitivities are more common but symptoms are less initially. Over time though because they irritate the nervous system and digestive tract they gradually create much larger problems as the body is unable to continually cope with the stress caused by the foods it either can’t digest or the ongoing inflammatory response. This leads to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), diverticulosis, diverticulitis, leaky gut, headaches, fibromyalgia, joint, muscle and nerve pain. Some people even crave the foods they are sensitive to. If you know what you have sensitivities to you can then make better choices and avoid long term issues. So the body over time can react to food sensitivities as severe as a food allergy, which is why you need to be tested as early as possible to reduce the amount of damage.

Avoid GMO’s they are rapidly becoming an issue for most people. This is because they contain Bt (built in insecticide) Glyphosate (aka Roundup). I test them and they always weaken a person.  Soy, wheat and corn are the main culprits. If you eat meat raised commercially you also are affected by the GMO’s the animal ate. Avoid all the time. Look for grass fed , organic meat and organic fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs ideally would be from cage free hens fed organically.

Cows Milk – we are the only species that drinks mild from another species and then after we are weaned. Proteins are set up and designed for the specific creature it is meant for. With pasteurization, homogenization, herbicides, GMO’s, hormones and antibiotics in all store bought milk, is it still healthy for us to consume?