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Nutrition

The body fuel

 

In this post, we explore the often underestimated but crucial aspect of correct nutrition and its profound impact on your overall health and well-being. Discover how nourishing your body with the right nutrients can unlock the full potential of your chiropractic journey.

The foundation of health: proper nutrition. 

Proper nutrition serves as the fundamental cornerstone of our health and well-being, playing a pivotal role in supporting various bodily functions and maintaining optimal physiological balance. A balanced and nutritious diet provides essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and energy necessary for growth, repair, and overall functioning of our organs and systems. It helps in strengthening the immune system, enabling the body to fend off infections and illnesses more effectively. Additionally, proper food supports cardiovascular health by regulating cholesterol levels and blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease. It also contributes to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the likelihood of obesity-related conditions such as diabetes and joint problems. Moreover, a well-nourished body facilitates cognitive functions, enhancing memory, focus, and mood stability. Beyond the physical benefits, it fosters mental and emotional well-being, boosting self-esteem and promoting a positive outlook on life. By recognizing that our bodies are intricately interconnected systems, we can acknowledge that the quality of nutrition we provide ourselves directly impacts our vitality, longevity, and overall quality of life, making it an indispensable foundation for achieving and maintaining optimal health.

Fueling our body for wellness.

Just as a high-performance car requires premium fuel to run smoothly, your body needs quality nutrition to function at its best. We delve into the significance of consuming whole, nutrient-dense foods that provide sustainable energy, support immune function, and aid in the maintenance of healthy body weight. Discover the power of clean eating and its positive impact on your musculoskeletal system.

Nutrients for optimal joint and bone health.

Optimal joint and bone health require a combination of various nutrients that support bone density, cartilage health, and overall joint function. Here are some key nutrients that play a vital role in promoting joint and bone health:

Calcium: it is essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth. It helps in bone mineralization and supports bone density. Good sources of calcium include dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese), fortified plant-based milk, leafy greens (kale, broccoli), and tofu.

Vitamin D: Crucial for calcium absorption and utilization in the body. It helps regulate calcium levels and supports bone health. Vitamin D is synthesized in the skin when exposed to sunlight and can also be found in fatty fish (salmon, mackerel), fortified foods, and supplements.

Magnesium: it works in conjunction with calcium and vitamin D to maintain bone density and strength. It also supports muscle function and may help alleviate joint discomfort. Magnesium-rich foods include nuts, seeds, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables.

Vitamin K: Vitamin K is involved in bone formation and helps activate specific proteins that contribute to bone health. Good sources of vitamin K include leafy greens (spinach, kale), broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: particularly EPA and DHA, have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce joint inflammation and support overall joint health. Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel), chia seeds, and flaxseeds are excellent sources of omega-3s.

Collagen: it is a protein that forms the structure of cartilage and helps maintain the integrity of joints. Collagen supplements and collagen-rich foods like bone broth, chicken skin, and fish skin can support joint health.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis, which is vital for the health of cartilage and connective tissues in joints. Citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, and broccoli are good sources of vitamin C.

Zinc: it plays a role in bone mineralization and collagen synthesis. It can be found in foods like meat, shellfish, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Boron: Boron is a trace mineral that may support bone health by influencing calcium metabolism. Plant-based foods like nuts, avocados, and dried fruits are natural sources of boron.

A well-balanced diet that incorporates these nutrients along with regular weight-bearing exercises and a healthy lifestyle can help support optimal joint and bone health throughout life. Short periods of fasting could be beneficial if done under expert’s supervision, especially to stabilise blood glucose levels (more here). If you have specific health concerns or conditions related to joints or bones, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice.

Nutrition importance

Inflammation. Healing, and Nutrition.

Inflammation is a common underlying factor in many health conditions, including musculoskeletal issues. We shed light on the connection between nutrition and inflammation, discussing how anti-inflammatory foods can support the body’s natural healing processes and help manage pain and discomfort. Inflammation is a natural and essential part of the body’s immune response to injury, infection, or harmful stimuli. It’s a protective mechanism that helps the body heal and fight off potential threats. However, chronic inflammation, which persists over time without resolving, is linked to various health issues, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, and even certain types of cancer.

Diet plays a significant role in influencing inflammation levels in the body. Certain foods can promote inflammation, while others can help reduce it. Foods that are high in sugar, unhealthy fats, and refined carbohydrates are often associated with promoting inflammation. Here are some examples:

Sugar – Excessive sugar intake, especially added sugars, can lead to increased inflammation. High sugar consumption triggers the release of inflammatory cytokines, which are signaling molecules that play a role in the immune response. Take a look here, if you are interested in why you should not consume sugar when you are sick.

Processed and Refined Carbohydrates – Foods like white bread, pastries, and sugary cereals are high in refined carbohydrates. These foods can cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels, leading to inflammation over time.

Trans Fats – Trans fats, often found in fried and processed foods, can increase levels of inflammatory markers in the body. They also have negative effects on heart health.

Saturated Fats – While the relationship between saturated fats and inflammation is complex, diets high in saturated fats (often found in red meat, full-fat dairy, and some tropical oils) may contribute to inflammation, especially when consumed in excess.

Omega-6 Fatty Acids – Omega-6 fatty acids are essential, but an imbalance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids can lead to inflammation. Many processed foods and vegetable oils are high in omega-6s.

Highly Processed Foods – Foods with additives, preservatives, and artificial ingredients can trigger inflammation due to the body’s response to foreign substances.

Conversely, certain foods can help reduce inflammation:

Fruits and Vegetables: Rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, fruits and vegetables have anti-inflammatory properties. Berries, leafy greens, and brightly colored vegetables are particularly beneficial.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines, as well as in flaxseeds and walnuts, omega-3s have anti-inflammatory effects.

Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, and chia seeds contain healthy fats and antioxidants that can help combat inflammation.

Whole Grains: Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat contain fiber and nutrients that contribute to lower levels of inflammation.

Healthy Oils: Olive oil, rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties.

Spices: Turmeric, ginger, and garlic contain compounds with anti-inflammatory effects.

Overall, a balanced and diverse diet that focuses on whole, minimally processed foods and limits added sugars and unhealthy fats can help mitigate chronic inflammation. Keep in mind that individual responses to specific foods can vary, so it’s essential to listen to your body and make dietary choices that align with your health goals.

Customizing Your Nutrition Plan

Just as every body is unique, your nutritional needs may vary based on factors such as age, lifestyle, ethical and moral implications, or specific health concerns. We provide practical guidance on tailoring your nutrition plan to optimize your chiropractic journey. From seeking professional advice to incorporating mindful eating practices, you’ll find actionable tips to make informed dietary choices that align with your individual needs.

At Alive Chiropractic, we believe in a holistic approach to wellness, where chiropractic care and correct nutrition work together to enhance your overall health and vitality. By understanding the importance of proper nutrition and making informed choices, you can amplify the benefits of chiropractic treatments, promote optimal healing, and achieve a higher quality of life. Embrace the power of correct nutrition on your chiropractic journey today!

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Edoardo Elisei DC

Alive Chiropractic LTD
alivechiropractic.co.uk
1C Crown Gate Square
POUNDBURY

23/05/2023

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Richard
Richard
12:52 03 May 24
Fantastic informative straightforward information looking forward to working with Edo
Linda Jukes
Linda Jukes
18:07 01 May 24
I have had back pain for many years and tried lots of different ways to ease it, with no success. From my first appointment at Alive Chiropractic Clinic, I could feel an improvement. I am so pleased with the results after a 12 week course. The clinic is superb and Edo is friendly and supportive. I will continue to visit the clinic and recommend to everyone!
Gary Rolls
Gary Rolls
19:48 24 Apr 24
I have been a patient of the Alive Chiropractor clinic for the last six weeks. Following a stroke in March 2022 I had been suffering with a walking imbalance and general lack of mobility. I would say that my improvement stands somewhere between 60-70% already. I would happily recommend the clinic to anyone that is suffering to book themselves an appointment.
Peter Waller
Peter Waller
11:29 15 Apr 24
After visiting Dr. Edoardo at the Alive chiropractic clinic, I booked a block booking of 12 sessions. From start to finish he made me feel very comfortable, and as each session went on i began to feel much better within myself.As well as the work he done with me in the clinic, he has taught me many different exercises to help me with the problems in which i suffer with, as well as explaining to me how my diet can also help me going forward.He has been a great help, and i shall continue to see him in the future so that he can help me maintain ( and improve) my well being.RegardsPeter
leonie macdonald
leonie macdonald
16:15 18 Mar 24
I was greeted by an interested and professional person. I was helped to deal with a recent trauma, not only with deep breathing techniques and compassion but also accurate chiropractic treatment. Every time I left my appointment I felt a profound sense of healing.
Emma Simmons
Emma Simmons
20:34 07 Jan 24
My experience from the very first consultation has been excellent! Edo is extremely knowledgeable and a great professional. His holistic outlook and advice brings benefits beyond his chiropractic adjustments, which is an added bonus! I would highly recommend his practice.
olly morency
olly morency
09:16 21 Nov 23
An excellent service; Edo helped me with corrections for my back, and advice on how to improve my health span with breath work and improved movement. Strong recommend!
Moira Priestley
Moira Priestley
20:18 15 Oct 23
I found the treatment I received very beneficial. My sciatica has eased a lot and I am sleeping much better. I would highly recommend Alive Chiropractic.
Ben Boughton-White
Ben Boughton-White
06:04 15 Oct 23
A fantastic chiropractic experience!Dr Edo provides a whole body approach to resolving chiropractic issues. His care plan to help solve your unique issues is fantastic, short and simple adjustments rather than long sessions of big adjustments has worked brilliantly for me. Communications are easy and booking ahead is brilliant for me and my schedule.I can’t recommend Alive highly enough!
Benny Clifford
Benny Clifford
15:53 25 Sep 23
Dr Edo has been a great help in getting me moving again, and he is a trustworthy pair of hands in his field of work. Top man!The reception is also very welcoming. I very much recommend this place!
Jane Bygraves
Jane Bygraves
12:30 14 Sep 23
I have a better range of movement and am moving more freely after a course of gentle, thorough treatment with Alive Chiropractic. My energy levels have improved.
Sarah Spadon
Sarah Spadon
18:48 10 Sep 23
I’ve been adjusted by Dr Edoardo for a number of years now, since I’ve been under care I’ve never had any problems but most importantly he helps me keep my nervous system healthy through maintenance care which allows me to be more in control in all of my day to day activities and keeps my mind healthy. His adjustments are gentle and precise and he is really kind and makes you feel at ease in any moment. Highly recommend!
Morgex
Morgex
11:05 10 Sep 23
This is my first experience with chiropractic ever, and it has been life changing! I have a slipped lumbar disc and I was in lots of pain and had very limited mobility. I saw Edo for a few appointments and not only did my back get better, it has stayed that way since! I am doing the exercises he prescribed and now I am only seeing him for maintenance and I feel better than ever, more relaxed and aware of my posture overall . He is a good listener, very informative, professional and communicative.
Isabella White
Isabella White
07:15 08 Sep 23
A wonderful experience so far with Dr Edo at his clinic in Poundbury. I have come away from my first six sessions feeling so much more aware and in tune with my body, and I have experienced noticeable changes in my body and mindset also.Dr Edo is professional, knowledge, and believes firmly in his work which he is clearly passionate about. I feel he has an empowering vision, cares deeply, and has a refreshing balance of western and eastern understanding. Because of this, Dr Edo has a deeper, holistic approach by taking into account all aspects of one's lifestyle (diet, exercise, mental/emotional state) in sessions. For someone like myself who values a holistic perspective on health, Dr Edo's approach is invaluable and helped me relax and feel at great ease. Sam in reception is lovely and you instantly feel welcomed when coming in for a session also. Thank you to you both. Highly recommend!
Chris Copeland
Chris Copeland
20:59 16 Aug 23
Dr. Edo has a very calm temperament and his knowledge aids in your own relaxation, which is a help when your own flexibility, mobility or posture are far from relaxed. Sam, the Chiropractic assistant, is the first person to greet you when you arrive and will explain the fundamentals of the practice. The practice is clean, modern and has ample road side parking. The whole experience has been a success and I am now able to move without pain, the new mobility gained will enable me to get on with life and have new experiences and adventures, for this I thank you.
Sonya Hendry
Sonya Hendry
18:21 16 Aug 23
I have been coming to see Ed at Alive Chiropractic since opening. Visiting regularly is enabling me to have a more comfortable and mobile life. The ambiance and warm welcome, along with total professionalism means so much.
Alison Michele Williams
Alison Michele Williams
20:49 30 Jul 23
A great, professional, friendly service. A whole rounded approach to better well being and healthy body.Thank you!
Tessa Aindow
Tessa Aindow
16:58 13 Jul 23
Brilliant experience. My back has improved so much and I don’t have the same aches and pains. Dr Edo is very professional and gives great advice and exercises to help alongside the adjustments at the clinic.
Malwina T
Malwina T
15:56 19 Jun 23
Great and unique treatment. Eased the lower back pain significantly! Changed my outlook on chiropractic treatments and self care. Highly recommend!!!
jill cheng
jill cheng
09:17 16 Jun 23
I visited the clinic after suffering with low back pain for nearly ten years. The chiropractor helped me regain functionality and quality of life. More importantly, he helped me understand and connect some aspects of my life to my body and how it works, strongly recommended 👍🏻
Chirosofia
Chirosofia
20:41 14 Jun 23
I have known Edoardo since day one at Chiropractic College, and I have witnessed his growing passion for this profession. His long time experience as a Yoga Instructor, combined to his deep knowledge into the Chiropractic art, science and philosophy, will make your journey towards healthy-living a very pleasant experience. Book that appointment and enjoy feeling better!
Paul Ansell
Paul Ansell
12:33 08 Feb 23
All my life I’ve had bad posture and bad back I’ve been to doctors specialists and always same outcome I’ve got to live with it. At the age of 58 I went to this practice and he has done wonders this is the best I have ever been since I can remember. Highly recommend
Zoe Ratcliffe
Zoe Ratcliffe
17:05 30 Jan 23
I attended Alive chiropractor after seeing a special offer they were offering and suffering from a bad back for a long time it felt like a good idea to go see what they said. Since this I have been attending twice a week and the improvements are happening. Edo is very knowledgeable and really wants the best for you he doesn't just care about the back or other pains you may be having but also acknowledges the impact these things can have on you emotionally and personally. I can't recommend this service enough.
Michelle Lambell
Michelle Lambell
21:55 24 Jan 23
Regular sessions with Dr Edo at Alive Chiropractic have made such a big difference to my posture, my way of working at my desk and taught me how to manage my breathing, all of which have led to a big shift in my mindset towards looking after myself and my body.I will happily recommend Alive Chiropractic to my friends.
Paul Nicol
Paul Nicol
08:22 30 Sep 22
I have just finished initial treatment for my back problem. Appointments with the NHS in the past have never resulted in a diagnosis let alone treatment. However at Alive I received a diagnosis and treatment plan on the initial consultation. This set out exactly how I was going to be treated and cost. Following the treatment I could not be healthier or happier. An exceptionally professional service in which Dr Edoardo Elisei seems passionate about what he does. It is more than just a hands on treatment on his 'couch', but a full lifestyle treatment ensuring exercises and diet are in balance to assist recovery and as a preventative for the future. I would be happy to recommend to anyone.
claudia marcela lopez gallardo
claudia marcela lopez gallardo
08:05 30 Jul 22
Edo is a great professional, very friendly and knowledgeable. He corrected my posture in only few months, he said this was going to happen and I couldn't believe it, it was so fast and happened, the changes not only I could feel them but also you can see them. He did the adjustments with a lot of care, with a lot of patience he took the time to give the advices and exercises that I could benefit my posture in the future. I totally recommend him.
TheLizwalker
TheLizwalker
10:18 18 Jul 22
When I first met Dr Ed I had problems bending, and worst of all I could hardly move my neck. I was a total painful wreck.Ed takes a very holistic approach, encouraging me to lose weight and work on different rehab exercises to reinforce the manipulations and adjustments he made.Here I am some three months on, I weigh a lot less, I have incredible flexibility in my lower back and can now touch my toes and, best of all. I have full flexibility of my neck.Eds holistic approach really works, he is very approachable and easy to chat about things with.One caveat, Ed knows when you haven't done your exercises so don't cheat. :)I cannot thank him enough for the massive improvements in my health and his encouraging me to make little changes for a healthier long term lifestyle.
Elaine Daniel
Elaine Daniel
13:05 07 Jul 22
I saw Edo in March and he was so informative regarding my spinal issues. I have had many treatments from him over the past few months and feel so much better and have more movement and less pain. He provides exercises for clients to help with strengthening muscles which is all part and parcel of chiropractic healing. I would recommend going to see him anytime.
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