One of the hardest aspects of health for people to figure out is what to eat. Everyday there seems to be a new fad diet that is guaranteed to create weight loss, a new must-have supplement to boost a body system or the latest super food to cure illness. The options are endless and create so much confusion the only benefit seems to be to the pocket book of the products creator.
But what does a healthy diet look like? If one were looking to figure out what the diet of a bear should be then one would study the bear in its natural habitat to determine what is congruent for them. The same then should be. To figure out what man should eat we would then want to study human beings “in the wild.” This subject group does exist in the form of isolated primitive societies, though they are diminishing rapidly, and had been studied by the likes of the Cordain and Eaton. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/81/2/341
There are number of concepts necessary to understand regarding our “innate” diet:
So the 5 key questions regarding healthy eating are:
Add color and variety as your diet evolves to ensure that you are getting a wide spectrum of nutritional requirements. Try and buy organic as much as possible, including free range meet and wild caught fish as this will ensure a more natural balance of nutrition. Farm raised, feed lot meats usually have poor diets themselves and their nutritional deficiencies and toxicities are passed on to the consumer.
Proportions are often over done in our society and simply reducing the calories ingested can have profound effects on our health and longevity. Just use a smaller plate. http://www.naturalnews.com/027955_fat_cells_calorie_restriction.html#
When it comes to supplements, there are only four that I recommend. First is fish oils or Omega 3. Most farm raised or feedlot meats are high in Omega 6, our inflammatory fatty acid and, since the majority of meats consumed are of this type, many people are walking around in an inflamed state. Since inflammation is an underlying component of most chronic disease it is no wonder 70% or more of the population will die from chronic disease. Supplementing the Omega 3 will balance the 3-6 ratio and reduce inflammation.
The second is Vitamin D. Studies have shown that most people in the Pacific NW are deficient. Vitamin D has several important functions. Perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of the vitamin is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.
Third is probiotics. Most foods today have been irradiated, pastured and sterilized to the point that good bacteria are removed and ability to replenish these are eliminated. If you have had any antibiotics over the years then this too has diminished your supply. Probiotics are an important part of digestion, getting nutrients to the rest of the body, and our immune system
Lastly a good whole food multivitamin is important as most foods, even those whole foods we talked about earlier, are nutritionally deficient. The soils that they are grown in tend to be lacking and so then are the fruits and vegetables. The whole food part is important so read the labels. Be aware that synthetic versions of vitamins and minerals are not able to be used by the body-unfortunately these are often the versions used in testing and lead to conclusions that vitamin supplements are ineffective.
In conclusion, start the above mentioned supplementation. Then use small changes to your diet that will promote long term health benefits by increasing nutritional sufficiency through the addition of whole foods, and start to decrease the toxicities from processed foods by slowly eliminating them. Reduce the overall volume of calories that you are consuming and you will begin to see great changes in your health.
So what is for dinner? That is completely up to you, but by implementing these ideas the answer will become obvious taste delicious and have long lasting health benefits.
If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to make an appointment with The Art of Chiropractic and see how we can help you achieve optimal health
If you have been following the blog posts from the beginning then you now have an understanding of where chiropractic has come from, how chiropractic affects our health, and where chiropractic can take your health in the future-or, at least, it has peeked your curiosity.
Hopefully the information will challenge some of your belief systems. You see, belief systems are what drive our behavior and create the environment that surrounds us. But where do these belief systems come from? It is often said that they are a product of our mothers, fathers, preachers and teachers, though today the influence of peer pressure and advertising have certainly played a large role.
When I ask people what they consider the definition of health to be the common reply is being happy, relaxed and moving well. Essentially having good physical and mental wellbeing. What gives us this healthy standing? Again, the common response is eat right move right and think right. Yet the first sign of symptom and people turn to the medical doctor for some sort of outside treatment, drugs or surgery. An outside-in strategy.
When we try and change health in the face of adversity (symptom) we try to adjust our diet, start an exercise program and or promise to be happier-all behavior modification.
The problem lies in the fact that our belief systems haven’t changed and ultimately we give up after failing to see consistent, long term change.
We have been introduced to the medical model through our mothers, fathers, preachers and teachers and peers and advertising which essentially says that health comes from the outside, bad genes, bad germs and bad luck, and any intervention has to come from the outside, drugs or surgery and this developed the belief system that we have no choice or the “Have To” belief system.
Here are the 5 missing realities of the “Have To” belief system:
To find out how chiropractic can be a healthy choice in your health paradigm contact The Art of Chiropractic to schedule an appointment.
Yours in Health,
When you think of chiropractic, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For most it is back pain, neck pain, some may think of headache, arm symptoms or sciatica. But, would you think of chiropractic when you are tired, feeling a cold coming on or having digestive issues? Probably not. But how are all of these Symptoms related and how does chiropractic help?
Chiropractic has been well researched when it comes to neck and low back pain and continued study is showing that it is often the best choice for conservative care:
“[Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy] in conjunction with [standard medical care] offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain.”
--Goertz et al. (2013), Spine
In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.
-- Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal
“Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”
– Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
But what is lesser known is the effect that the chiropractic adjustment has on the autonomic nervous system, our "fight or flight" if you will. The Nervous System is comprised of the following subsystems which control all activity in our body.
1. Central Nervous System
2. Spinal Cord
2. Peripheral Nervous System - connections to muscles and organs of the body.
1. Somatic or Skeletal - controls our voluntary muscles.
2. Autonomic - Controls autonomic functions that we have no voluntary control over such as breathing, heart rate etc.
1. Sympathetic - Responds to stress or demands put upon the body.
2. Parasympathetic - Work in opposition to the sympathetic NS to return body to homeostasis.
When our body is stressed, chemically, physically or mentally, our sympathetic system fires and our parasympathetic is inhibited - This is our fight or flight. What causes these stresses? The obvious traumas such as auto accidents and falls, but also birth trauma has been shown to cause problems. More importantly are the more chronic stresses such as bad posture, poor diet, lack of and improper exercise, and mental and emotional stress. What people fail to realize is the effect of poor movement in the segments of the spine. These “subluxations” are not only a stressor, but also impede the body’s ability to communicate with the brain and respond appropriately to the world around us-chemically, physically and mentally.
In 1976, PhD Neurophysiologist Irvin Korr published a series of papers with many references pointing to the fact that an alteration in a segment or area of the spine absolutely negatively affected nervous system function. The article was titled “The spinal cord as the organizer of disease processes. (1) Dr. Korr was not a chiropractor, but his work on the connection between the spinal cord and the brain was profound.
Korr helped prove that the spine was much more than just a structure that helped us stand more erect and protected the spinal cord. He was also unique and inspiring as he always pointed out that we as humans express our humanness by choosing to do such things as play the piano, ski, walk, etc....
Roger Sperry, a Nobel Prize winner on brain research, said “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by movement of the spine”!!
Together they point out the importance of taking care of the “whole person” in healthcare instead of the reductionist viewpoint of picking out just a diseased organ or part like the allopathic physicians practice.
Since the vast majority of our body’s functions occurs at a sub conscious level, without knowing what is going on, we can have decreased function and therefore decreased health without symptoms.
How can you find out if you have health issues before they become symptomatic? See the chiropractor who is trained in detection and correction of the subluxation. With a chiropractor on your health care team you can achieve optimal health and bring prosperity to the canvas of your life.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Doug at The Art of Chiropractic contact us through the website www.aocdoc.com or call the office at (503) 572-5709
Yours in health,
Dr. Doug Davies has been practicing the art of chiropractic for over 10 years and brings his skills to the downtown Gresham, OR area focusing on achieving and maintaining the innate lifestyle...