Nutritional counseling is defined by the National Cancer Institute as “A process by which a health professional with special training in nutrition helps people make healthy food choices and form healthy eating habits.” Just as this sort of dietary counseling is a standard part of normal health care regimens, cancer treatment, and as part of the standard response to a plethora of ailments, it is also an effective and important element of chiropractic care.
At Total Chiropractic Care in Medford, we will craft an individualized nutritional program optimized for your specific situation and needs. When combined with proper chiropractic care provided by Dr. Goldman and our team, these recommendations will help you to attain maximum health and functionality.
How Can Nutritional Counseling Help?
Good nutrition from a proper diet gives your body the precise fuel it needs. Nutritional counseling helps you refine that fuel based on your body’s particular needs, whether caused by injury, disease, or other factors. With Dr. Goldman’s guidance, you can make adjustments to your diet that help you to:
- Manage stress better.
- Improve your sleep quality.
- Maintain your immune system.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
When it comes to the link between diet and pain, a good example would be recovering from injuries. Antioxidants and lean protein assist with tissue repair at the cellular level and lower internal inflammation, so adding foods with these to your diet is obviously positive.
An Ounce of Prevention
Diet can be a significant factor in the prevention or amelioration of a variety of health issues. Specific diets are used in the treatment of many conditions, diabetes probably being the most commonly encountered, followed by heart and arterial diseases. Not only does diet aid in these conditions, but it also works for general health maintenance.
Reducing the number of processed foods in a person’s diet, which contain preservatives and often have sugar as a hidden ingredient, can increase energy levels and help counter fatigue. Proper counseling on a diet can help you find the simple dietary alterations you need to get back to optimal health.
Dr. Goldman endorses a holistic approach, and nutritional counseling is an important part of that. To illustrate the link between chiropractic care and nutrition: good nutrition is a major factor in keeping one’s weight within a healthy range. This is the range that your skeleton evolved to carry. Eliminating excess weight eases the ongoing stress it causes to the spine and joints.
The Obstacle of the Modern Diet
The pace of modern life combined with the profusion of delivery options make it very easy to consume unhealthy amounts of processed foods. Preservatives are omnipresent, and sugar is found in the vast majority of products. In addition, there are all sorts of food myths, like carrots being good for your vision, that have zero grounding in fact. Navigating these factors while trying to “eat healthy” can be complicated.
The chiropractic-focused nutritional counseling that Total Chiropractic Care provides communicates clearly and concisely the steps you need to take and the health reasons behind those steps. These improved eating habits, and sometimes additional dietary supplements if the situation warrants, will help perpetuate good health and assist in healing from injuries.
Let Total Chiropractic Care Optimize Your Diet
Do you have questions about nutritional counseling and how it can help improve your overall health or help you recover from an injury? Call the Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness office in Medford, NY at (631) 447-2299 to schedule an appointment or contact us online.