Nutrition is the science of food and other substances as well as the action, interaction and balance of different nutrients in the body. Your body’s essential nutrients include carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. Good nutrition helps you to digest, absorb, metabolize and excrete properly. It helps balance within the body’s functions that leads to homeostatis. It may prevent illnesses such as diabetes, gingivitis, liver cirrhosis, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. On the other hand, bad nutrition from eating too many sugar, fat, protein and dairy products compared to complex carbohydrates leads to having less energy. It imbalances the body’s functions that may lead to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancers such as breast, ovarian and prostrate.
Water: the building block of life
• To sustain proper health, drink six to eight glasses of water daily.
• Wake up to a glass of water, instead of a cup of coffee. Your body needs to be replenished after a night’s sleep.
• When exercising, drink water before you feel thirsty.
• Recognize the signs of dehydration: headaches, fatigue and dryness of the eyes.
• Especially during airline travel, drink plenty of water and fruit juices and avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks because they boost your body’s dehydration rate.
Good vs. bad fat
• All oils are 100 percent fat. One tablespoon contains about 120 calories.
• Fats break down into four varieties:
• Two of these fats — polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats — are good for your body in small doses; others — saturated and hydrogenated fats — add only cholesterol and calories.
Tips for healthy food preparation
• Instead of frying foods, steaming, braising, broiling, barbecuing, roasting, baking, boiling, poaching or stewing.
• Trim the visible fat from meats, which includes removing the skins from poultry before cooking.
• Substitute flavors for salt and butter. Try sauces, dressings and marinades comprising plain, low or nonfat yogurt, lemon juice or vinegar, herbs and spices.
Nutrition and Chiropractic
Chiropractors advise their patients to include nutrition as part of an overall wellness package.
When patients eat primarily fruits, vegetables and grain products in their diet, they are making a healthy decision. The overconsumption of foods high in fat, cholesterol, refined and processed sugars, salt and alcohol increases the probability of suffering from cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and some forms of cancer.
That is why at Pain 2 Wellness Center we suggest specific nutritional supplements for each patient. Come by today to find you specific nutritional assessment.