Nutrition and The Prevention of Pain and Disease
At Exceptional Wellness, we combine great chiropractic care with proper nutritional support to ensure that the body is running at it’s best. This can not only decrease pain and symptoms, but can prevent disease and disability over the long term.
Quite often, simple changes in our diet can have a big impact on the function of our body; a deficiency in the small molecules the support thousands of biochemical reactions in our body can negatively affect our energy levels, and sometimes can lead to increased levels of pain and inflammation.
Indeed, some of the most significant advances in health care have come from the recognition and correction of nutrient deficiencies.
In the 1700′s it was estimated that one out of seven sailors in Britain’s Royal Navy would die of scurvy, or a disease that’s been directly linked to the deficiency of Vitamin C.
The simple addition to the sailors’ diet of foods such as pickled cabbage, onions, limes and lemons corrected the deficiency and saved many lives; further, the addition of those whole foods likely had beneficial effects beyond the prevention of scurvy.
More recently, it’s been found that up to 50% of the world’s population is deficient in Vitamin D. Deficiency in Vitamin D has been shown to play a role in cancer, heart disease, fractures and falls, autoimmune diseases, influenza, type-2 diabetes, and depression.
Again, the deficiency can be corrected quite simply with sufficient exposure to sunlight or a basic dietary supplement.
The following three nutrients are most commonly linked to an improvement in energy levels, and even a reduction in symptoms of nervous system imbalance, such as migraines.
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals in our body. It helps our bodies produce energy, and over 325 enzymes in our cells rely on magnesium for normal function.
Many people become deficient in magnesium due to low intake of whole foods that naturally contain magnesium, such as green vegetables and seeds.
The standard American diet of processed and fast foods contains almost no magnesium, and it’s also been shown that increased levels of stress can deplete the natural magnesium stores in our bodies.
Magnesium is frequently recommended as a preventative treatment for migraine headache, and recently, some researchers have gone so far as to recommend that ALL people with migraine headaches take magnesium.
Many people who supplement with magnesium also notice that sleep and bowel function improve, digestion improves, and many note an overall feeling of calmness.
All of this contributes to overall improvement in health, a decrease in stress, and correction of magnesium deficiency has even been shown to have anti-aging effects.
Whole foods such as spinach and pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium as well, and they also contain other vitamins and minerals that support health and decrease headache frequency.
Riboflavin, or Vitamin B2, is crucial for the efficient production of energy in all of our cells, as it supports normal mitochondrial function.
We can become deficient in this vitamin by eating excessive amounts of processed foods; every process that alters a whole food from its natural form automatically decreases the vitamin content.
Fad diets that encourage subtraction of entire food groups or macronutrients can also lead to a deficiency of vitamins and minerals, as well as hypoglycemia- or low blood sugar.
Riboflavin, or Vitamin B2, is found in most multi-vitamins; it’s also found in vegetables such as spinach and broccoli, as well as in potatoes and beans.
Coenzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinone, is involved in the energy production chain in our cells, and also has an important role as an anti-oxidant. Supplementation has shown to prevent migraines, specifically in children.
It’s also important to consider causes of deficiencies. In this case, cholesterol-lowering medications (HMG-coA inhibitors) are known to decrease natural levels of coenzyme Q10.
Today, over 13 million people in the United States, and 35 million people worldwide take HMG-CoA inhibitors, also known as statins. If you take these drugs, you should consult with a doctor about appropriate ways to correct related deficiencies.
Dr. Gloria Phillips D.C. is an expert is the correction and detection of nutritional deficiencies, as well as linking them to specific organ systems in your body that may be causing symptoms of pain and disease.
Quite often, deficiencies and toxicity are also linked to allergies and excessive immune response to normal substances in the environment. Using a specific and integrated approach to evaluation,
Dr. Philips can determine the most appropriate plan for correction of deficiencies and toxicities.
Call our office today at 310-473-2020 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Phillips.
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