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Why are nutritional supplements important?

Nutritional supplements
Eating a well balanced diet doesn’t cut it anymore due to the depleted soils our foods are grown in. You need to eat 3 apples to get the same nutritional value as an apple grown in the 1940’s. An orange in 1950 contained 100mgs of vitamin C. Today’s orange has 5mgs. The poor choices on nutrition our nation has been making over the last 50 years, in growing and consuming our foods, has significantly affected our overall health and medical costs.
We are producing more calories per acre but with less nutritional value. Research suggests very strongly that the large majority of our nations health issues developed because of lifestyle choices directly associated with our modern diet. Fast foods, packaged foods and processed foods are slowly depleting our health.
Chiropractic is a powerful tool on its own in helping the body heal, but combined with the right nutritional supplements which provide the necessary building blocks for healing – a win-win situation!

Standard Process – Whole Food Supplements

    Standard Process at Wasserman Chiropractic, we believe that given the proper nutrition, your body has the amazing capability of keeping itself healthy. We also believe that nutrition should   be    individualized to meet each patient’s needs. For these reasons and many more, we proudly recommend Standard Process Whole Food Supplements.
    For over 75 years, Standard Process has provided health care professionals with high-quality, nutritional whole food supplements for healthy functioning of the endocrine, cardiovascular,     digestive, hepatic, respiratory, skeletal, renal, and other physiological systems. Many of the raw materials are grown organically on company-owned farmland and then processed utilizing exclusive manufacturing techniques. These materials are monitored throughout the entire manufacturing process using continuous quality control testing. This is our primary nutritional product line. From multi-vitamins to a cleanse, we will help you get the right products for you and your family.

Nutrition and Chiropractic

Chiropractic therapy is holistic in that it aims to help the whole person, including giving advice on nutrition.  Chiropractic tries to address the root of the patients’ complaints.  Alignment is one of the ways patients receive relief, but chiropractic care also can help in a variety of other areas, including decreasing digestive complaints.  The care is complemented by patients engaging in proper nutrition.

Healthy Eating
The American Chiropractic Association Council on Nutrition defines the “Building Blocks for Healthy Eating” as consuming 6-8 (8 oz.) glasses of purified water every day, 4-6 servings of complex carbohydrates from frozen or fresh vegetable and beans (or vegetable juices), 2-3 servings of complex carbohydrates from starches, 2-3 servings of protein (including vegetarian sources), 1-3 servings of fruits (fresh, frozen, dried, or even juice), 1-2 servings of unsaturated/non-hydrogenated fats, and no servings of simple (white flour/sugar) carbohydrates.  Of course they recommend avoiding known food allergens.

Evolutionary Diet
Ken Edwards, DC, DACBN, CCN and William J. Rice, DC, DACBN, CCN, FACCN wrote about how our diet today is different from our ancestors.  Historically, we have had 100,000 generations of hunter-gatherers, 500 agricultural generations, 10 of the industrial age, and the last 2 generations “have grown up with highly processed fast foods”.  Because today’s diet is out-of-step with our evolution, Edwards and Rice suggest that our current diet “fails to provide the biochemical and molecular requirements”.  Therefore, they suggest people follow the ACA’s recommended diet, which would bring us closer to the Paleolithic diet our genes need, instead of the 1992 USDA Food Pyramid.

Nutrition Certification
Some chiropractors get advanced degrees or certifications in nutrition.  The Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition, for example, was formed to credential and certify chiropractors in nutrition.  Its goals are to enhance the health of clients and “protect the public interest”.  The CBCN operates under the ACA and is a member of the Board of Chiropractic Specialties.  They offer chiropractors the certification Diplomate in Clinical Nutrition (DCBCN).

Chiropractors’ Diet
A diet of nutrient-dense foods can help the body stay in balance.  Chiropractic care has a goal of helping patients structurally and with nutrition, in order for the body to correct its own health problems.  There is no one chiropractic diet, but nutritional advice has been given since 1895 in the chiropractic profession.  Some practitioners advocate a vegetarian diet, others promote diets high in saturated fats and animal protein, and some focus on other health traditions, such as Ayurvedic medicine, according to Martin Hughes, DC.  For the most part, chiropractors will advise organic, whole, and local foods, and they will encourage the avoidance of refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup.  It is important to remember that every person is different and will have unique dietary needs.
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