Monday, January 30, 2012

Eat Wise – Move Wise – Think Wise

Eat Wise – Move Wise – Think Wise

By: Jonathan Wise D.C.

The chiropractic approach to healthcare is holistic, meaning that it addresses your overall health. Copious amounts of studies have demonstrated that chiropractic care is one of the most effective treatments for back pain, neck pain, headaches, whiplash, sports injuries and many other types of musculoskeletal problems. It has even been shown to be effective in reducing high blood pressure, decreasing the frequency of childhood ear infections, bed wetting and improving the symptoms of asthma and colic in children just to name a few.

Chiropractic is so much more than simply a means of relieving pain. Ultimately, the goal of the chiropractic treatment is to restore the body to its natural state of optimal health by improving neurological health. In order to accomplish this, chiropractor’s use a variety of treatment methods, including manual adjustments, massage, trigger point therapy, nutrition, exercise rehabilitation, and massage, as well as counseling on lifestyle issues that impact your health. Since the body has a remarkable ability to heal itself and to maintain its own health, my primary focus is simply to remove those things which interfere with the body’s normal healing ability. As a wellness doctor, my main goal is to teach you three things: Eat Wise – Move Wise – Think Wise.

Lesion One – Eat Wise

Eating wise is a very simply concept to understand. It means eating organic raw fruits and veggie and grass fed meats. It means stop putting chemicals, detergents and additives into your body. If it comes out of a box or can, chances are it’s not healthy for you.

People know that they should eat more fruit and vegetables in their diet, but most people don’t do it. It seems lately that the four major food groups of the American diet have become sugar, fat, salt and caffeine instead of fruits, vegetables, and meat. Because of the easy availability of fast foods and snack foods, we have lost our taste for fruits and vegetables; especially vegetables. It is not uncommon for many people to go for weeks without consuming a single serving of fresh vegetables. This is not good.

The human body evolved with a diet high in fruits and vegetables, and is dependent on many of the compounds unique to plant foods in order to operate correctly. If you don’t consume enough of these plant compounds, your energy level will suffer along with your overall health. Most people are shocked at how much better they feel when they cut down on the fast foods and snack foods and increase their fruit and vegetable intake.

If you find it difficult to work in several servings of fruits and vegetables into your routine every day, you may find it helpful to supplement your diet with what is called a “greens” supplement, which is a highly concentrated powder of fruits, vegetables and antioxidants. Better yet, make simple fruit smoothies with some of your seasonal fruits. Spring is just around the corner. There is an overwhelming supply of spring fruits like, Cherries, Blueberries, Papayas, Pineapples, Raspberries and Strawberries. Each of these fruit has similar properties. They all have tons of antioxidants, with some of the highest concentrations in blueberries. Cherries and pineapples are great for anti-inflammatory and great source of vitamin C and fiber. Papayas, raspberries and strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C along with having a good source of fiber and potassium.

Increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables is an important way to improve your overall health. The key is to make it part of your lifestyle - to make it a new habit.

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