It’s true – we are indeed what we eat! Every cell in the human body is made up of what we consume. This includes what our mother consumed during pregnancy. Nutrition is so much more than just food. For some it may be confusing. With so much hype about diet, and so many fads. It’s hard to distinguish what works and what doesn’t. Proper nutrition seems near impossible to navigate, but it doesn’t need to be!
Did you know that depression is just as much a nutritional problem as inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) or being overweight? In fact, perhaps as much of 90% of the body’s serotonin (your happy feel good hormone) is made in the gut. If digestive imbalances are present, or you have used antibiotics before which causes damage to normal digestive bacteria, then your body can’t make serotonin as well as it should.
Did you know fatigue, candida overgrowth, and even autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and thyroid problems are linked to nutritional imbalances? This is what we call Leaky Gut syndrome. Some of our greatest health epidemics today, including heart disease and diabetes are long term problems that result from nutritional imbalances.
Working with your health needs
At Chiropractic Plus, we know that every person is biologically and chemically distinct in their health needs. There is no one size fits all, especially when it comes to nutrition. Our goal is to understand your health needs, and tailor an individual nutritional and lifestyle plan for you personally. Using a thorough consultation and clinical assessment, we want to help you achieve your goals naturally. Proper nutrition is important for all ages!
We will begin with easy daily practices and simple concepts. One step at a time, you will achieve small victories that become life changing transformations. Our primary focus involves lifestyle – once you take charge of yourself, you can keep yourself right. This involves eating and cooking practices. Our secondary focus is to use specific supplementation when necessary for detoxification and rebuilding vital systems.
Principles of Nutrition
- Health is normal and natural
- Health is the result of healthful living
- Healthful living involves the right balance of clean food, water and air, rest, sunlight, positive relationships and physical activity.
When things go wrong
It’s no secret that living in today’s world is toxic. Did you know that many of the things we do every day can actually cause our body’s chemistry to go out of balance and turn acidic? This can lead to many of the health issues we all face today!
Science shows that the ideal pH in the body’s cells and tissues is around 7.2, and that maintaining this alkaline state is key to enjoying optimal health. When the pH of cells and tissues is acidic, or less than 7, an internal environment of inflammation causes damage to cells and DNA leading to disease. Conditions related to chronic states of acidity and inflammation include cancer, chronic fatigue, bacterial and fungal imbalances, depression, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and more.
When your body is in balance and alkaline, you can lose weight quickly and keep it off long term. You can also improve your quality of sleep, naturally increase your energy, reduce joint and muscle discomfort, recover more quickly from your workouts, support your immune system and revitalize your health. It is important for you to create an internal environment of positive health expression. We emphasize Plant Based Nutritional protocols as they demonstrate a high level of clinical efficacy for blood pressure reduction,1,2,3,4 cholesterol5,6 and atherosclerosis optimization,7 weight loss,8 diabetes prevention9,10,11 and reversal.12,13 and more.
But how do we do it? …. Using the 4 R’s to get you back on track
Understanding those basic principles we designate your nutritional care into distinct phases- the 4 R’s:
Remove, Replace, Reinoculate and Repair.
Removing the harmful elements in your diet and detoxify congested systems. This is more than just foods, our focus also includes life stresses and unproductive eating habits that prevent you from breaking down food properly. Often we may require specific pathology tests and food sensitivity panels to be performed.
An imbalanced state of health reduces the body’s capacity to produce certain enzymes, hormones or even absorb food normally. In this phase, we replace harmful foods with easy to digest nutrient dense foods. These foods are good for your body to absorb. Our second focus is to use specific supplementation to promote normal function in digestion and elimination.
Did you know that we are only 1/10th human? That’s right, in fact 90% of our cells are bacterial and we rely on this “microbiome” for many of our vital digestive and even hormonal functions. The Microbiome is often disrupted and imbalanced because of past uses of antibiotics, surgeries, and poor eating habits. Now that you are building yourself up with nutrients, we begin to introduce specific probiotics to rebuild your intestinal bacterial populations.
Now that things are moving in the right direction we utilize healing supplements and specific foods to repair past damage and promote long term healing- all specific to your needs and pathology tests.