We have all heard the term, “You are what you eat.” Does it mean if you eat a Big Mac then you are a Big Mac? Not really. It was a distortion of the original French quote which translated as, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”
Makes a bit more sense. The food we eat becomes the building blocks our bodies use to make muscle, bone, nerves, tendons, organs and the energy to run it all. Poor nutrition can result not only in being less healthy, but in actual diseases.
There are a great number of conditions which can be effectively treated using a variety of nutritional remedies. For acute and chronic pain relief, chiropractic physicians use several types of nutritional supplements ranging from proteolytic enzymes such as bromelain, to basic but effective Vitamin C. Many patients find chondroitin, glucosamine sulphate and MSM provide them with relief from their joint pain. Research indicates many of the so-called lifestyle diseases, including heart disease, may result from a diet which promotes inflammation of our blood vessel walls. Anti-oxidants, including fish oil (Omega-3 fatty acids) may help to reduce this process and help protect us from heart attacks and strokes, as well as reduce our joint pains as we age.
Current research, while sometimes contradictory, supports the use of multi-vitamins and minerals as part of an overall dietary strategy. Unfortunately, there are so many choices out there it’s hard to know what you should take. That’s where we can help to sort out the options and the facts from the hype.
At Ditzler Chiropractic, we use a professional type of Whole Food Supplement from Standard Process, a nutritional company that has been in business since 1929. Everyone knows that we should get our nutrition from the food we eat, but often times we fail in that endeavor. So, in addition to encouraging you to eat “real” food, the doctor may recommend some Whole Food products to improve your physiology in order to help you achieve optimal health through natural chiropractic methods.