Back Clinic Nutrition Team. Food provides people with the necessary energy and nutrients to be healthy. By eating various foods, including good quality vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products, and lean meats, the body can replenish itself with the essential proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals to function effectively. Nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. Healthy eating does not have to be hard.
The key is to eat various foods, including vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. In addition, eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and low-fat dairy products and drink lots of water. Limit salt, sugar, alcohol, saturated fat, and trans fat. Saturated fats usually come from animals. Look for trans fat on the labels of processed foods, margarine, and shortenings.
Dr. Alex Jimenez offers nutritional examples and describes the importance of balanced nutrition, emphasizing how a proper diet combined with physical activity can help individuals reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases, and promote overall health and wellness.
The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and celebrate. However, it can be a time of overindulgence and overeating. Managing holiday eating habits is achievable by having options to help you make better choices so you can indulge and enjoy the festive food and drinks without overdoing it. Here are a few techniques to be successful.
Managing Holiday Eating
Many individuals overeat during the holidays. It’s understandable as the holiday season means letting loose, relaxing with friends and family, and enjoying the moment are major factors in overeating as auto-pilot is engaged. The next thing you know, the plate is clean, and more food is being added. It’s all about maintaining a healthy balance. Here are a few ways to manage holiday eating.
Adding superfoods to your holiday nutrition plan to help balance food indulgences. These are foods with high levels of vitamins and nutrients, dietary fiber that helps reduce cholesterol, and antioxidants that fight free radicals.
Vitamin A – Protects against infections and promotes eye and skin health.
Vitamin C – Helps heal wounds and aids in iron absorption.
Vitamin K – Supports healthy digestion and blood clotting.
Superfoods include dark leafy greens, nuts, fruits, dark chocolate, olive oil, and oily/fatty fish. Here are a few superfoods you can enjoy:
Rich in vitamins A and C, fiber, and potassium.
They are high in fiber and protein, magnesium, and potassium.
High in fiber and vitamin A.
Rich in flavonoids and tannins are a healthy source of folate, potassium, and vitamin K.
Contain antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Low in calories.
High in vitamins A, C, and K, manganese, potassium, and fiber.
The fascia is important for connecting the musculoskeletal system, stabilizing function, and keeping the body healthy and balanced. Sugar consumption and the abundance of sugar in the body that doesn’t get burned directly negatively affect the fascia, making it lose its elasticity and affecting other connective tissues. Excess sugar in the blood leads to a pathological process called glycation. One effect of glycation is binding sugar molecules to fascial proteins, causing them to thicken and stiffen. The body sees the tangled molecules as foreign bodies initiating an inflammatory response to get rid of them. This can lead to chronic inflammation causing various symptoms. The Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic Team will address soreness, pain, and discomfort associated with fascia problems.
Myofascia or fascia is a layer of tissue that connects and supports the spine and muscles. It wraps and links internal body parts in bands, fusing them. This ensures the muscles can move freely without experiencing friction with other body parts.
Fascia is made of collagen, creating a tough and flexible texture that provides tension and elasticity.
Fascia is found around muscles, nerves, blood vessels, blood and cells, organs, and bones.
When the body stays or moves in repetitive patterns, the fascia can memorize certain positions/postures and hold the fascia in a contracted state. For example, sitting at a desk workstation causes the gluteal muscles, tendons, and ligaments to stretch and pull the muscles around them. The gluteal muscles can become restricted without releasing and training the fascia to return to a retracted position, causing tension and myofascial discomfort. When the body is in balance/homeostasis, and the fascia is healthy:
The viscoelastic gel flows without restriction in all directions.
The collagen fiber network moves freely.
Lymph and blood circulation flow correctly.
Communication between cells, the nervous system, and all tissues in the body work correctly.
In the event of an injury and activation of the healing process, specific components interact with cells to create the condition for healing and generate inflammation, allowing new cells to easily move and heal the tissue. An obstruction in the circulation increases pressure where the fluid sits stationary, preventing tissue communication. Sometimes the healing process doesn’t stop, and the inflammation response worsens and can become chronic.
Many think of sugar as candy, sweets, chocolates, and desserts. However, all carbohydrates are sugar, and eating too much bread, pasta, grains, fruit, and cereals, contributes to a lot more sugar consumption.
Foods believed to be healthy such as wholemeal bread, low-fat alternatives, and granola cereal, have high amounts of sugar.
The connective tissues need collagen for the smooth functioning of joints.
High blood sugar exacerbates aches and pains and can lead to impaired joint movement and, eventually, arthritis.
Impaired flow and mobility
Fascia that has thickened and hardened impairs gliding ability.
In places where the body has become stiff and numb, the nervous system can’t transmit signals as quickly to control movements.
Muscles can constantly twitch or go into convulsions from misinterpreted signals.
A tight connective tissue chain can distort the skeleton causing the joints to wear faster.
Chiropractic Myofascial Massage Release
Chiropractic myofascial massage and release provides several benefits to the body’s health and well-being, including:
Relieves the overall effects of stress on the body.
Relieves soreness and pain.
Increases blood and lymph circulation.
Improves tissue recovery.
Improves joint range of motion.
Restores proper-length-tension relationships for dynamic movement.
Maintains normal functional muscular length.
Improves neuromuscular function.
Nutritional Guidelines Fascial Health
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It is difficult for individuals to achieve health and fitness goals when they don’t like to eat vegetables. Intermittent fasting, Paleo, vegan, Mediterranean, or New Nordic, almost all healthy nutrition plans require vegetable consumption to achieve optimal health. However, it is never too late to learn to enjoy vegetables. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic can recommend ways not just to eat vegetables because they are healthy but to truly enjoy them.
Training Oneself To Enjoy Vegetables
Everyone’s taste preferences are different.
Many individuals grew up in homes where vegetables were prepared in unappetizing ways.
Over boiling and steaming are common preparation methods that many had experience with, including broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts, which made them flavorless, mushy and is where many decided they were not going to eat these foods.
Vegetables feed the intestinal bacteria that help the digestive tract.
Vegetables provide hydration that helps the fiber eliminate waste products.
Vegetables add variety to help maintain healthy nutrition.
The key is to branch out incrementally. Most individuals will have a vegetable or two that they can tolerate. This could be a starting point by expanding on new variations on those tolerable vegetables that will lead to broadened taste preferences. This can be done through different cooking methods that include:
It means pairing food with a vegetable to activate various tastes and flavors pleasing to the palate simultaneously.
On the tongue are a variety of receptors that bind to the chemicals in food.
When these receptors are activated, they send a chemical signal to the brain about the taste.
Variations in the number and type of receptors help develop flavor preferences.
Basic tastes – sweet, sour, spicy, salty, bitter, and umami.
Pairingbitterness with other distinct flavors, like sweet and spicy, can develop and change the brain’s perception of bland or bitter vegetables to tasty and delicious.
Cushions for bitterness include honey, real maple syrup, sour cream, Mexican crema, hot sauce, oils, almonds, and butter used in balance to enhance and bring out flavors.
The objective is to start small and work your way to becoming more comfortable with experimenting and combining more flavors. Consultation with a professional nutritionist can help individuals get on a healthy nutrition plan that they can enjoy.
Tip From A Dietitian
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Workout recovery is as important as working out. Pushing muscle past its normal levels creates tiny tears in the muscle tissue. It is the repairing process that generates muscle growth. Muscles that aren’t allowed to recover will not grow or gain muscle mass, and muscle strength could be reduced, making working out a struggle and hindering health goal progress. The body needs time to repair the muscles to reduce the risk of injury. Allowing enough time for recovery reduces overuse-related muscle breakdown and injuries. Muscle recovery supplements can expedite the healing process.
Muscle Recovery Supplements
Reasons for taking supplements include their ability to heal damaged muscles faster, aid in injury recovery, reduce muscle soreness, reduce muscle fatigue, and provide the muscle cells with energy during recovery.
Some studies have found that taking a creatine supplement may aid muscle recovery and greater muscle strength during recovery.
Citrulline is a non-essential amino acid found in watermelon that converts into nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide helps open blood vessels and improve blood circulation.
This allows oxygen and nutrients to reach the muscle faster, speeding the recovery process.
Citrulline also improves the bioavailability of L-arginine, another amino acid that aids protein synthesis.
Magnesium assists with muscle recovery by helping the muscles relax.
When the body doesn’t have enough magnesium, there is a greater chance of muscle cramps.
Magnesium helps support healthy muscle contraction.
Tart Cherry Juice Extract
This extract works by reducing inflammation in the muscle.
Inflammation is normal, but too much can increase muscle soreness and the risk of injury.
One study found that cherry juice helps minimize post-exercise muscle pain.
After selecting a supplement plan that is the most beneficial for the individual, the next step is to devise a schedule for taking them.
When using a muscle recovery supplement can either be a pre-workout supplement or a post-workout supplement.
The recommended time to take a specific supplement is based on the type.
Individuals should talk with their doctor and a nutritionist before starting any new supplement regimen.
This helps ensure the supplements are safe and minimize negative side effects given health and medical conditions.
Nutrition In Recovery
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DiNicolantonio, James J et al. “Subclinical magnesium deficiency: a principal driver of cardiovascular disease and a public health crisis.” Open heart vol. 5,1 e000668. 13 Jan. 2018, doi:10.1136/openhrt-2017-000668
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Kuehl, Kerry S et al. “Efficacy of tart cherry juice in reducing muscle pain during running: a randomized controlled trial.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition vol. 7 17. 7 May. 2010, doi:10.1186/1550-2783-7-17
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Weinert, Dan J. “Nutrition and muscle protein synthesis: a descriptive review.” The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association vol. 53,3 (2009): 186-93.
Wolfe, Robert R. “Branched-chain amino acids and muscle protein synthesis in humans: myth or reality?.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition vol. 14 30. 22 Aug. 2017, doi:10.1186/s12970-017-0184-9
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Sugar is a highly addictive carbohydrate linked to obesity, diabetes, metabolic disorders, and mood disorders. Individuals ready to phase out sugar will improve overall health, regardless of age and health status, but the transition can be challenging. A sugar-free or low-sugar diet can help individuals with blood sugar or systemic inflammation, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, heart disease, PCOS, hormonal imbalances, and autoimmune diseases.
Phase Out Sugar
A low-sugar nutrition plan focuses on maintaining a low overall sugarintake that limits sugar to avoid blood sugar instability and general inflammation.
This means choosing food with natural sugars like fruit, certain dairy products, vegetables, and natural sugars.
Reducing and replacing packaged or prepared foods with added sugars, like store-bought tomato sauce, cured meats, or frozen meals.
Reducing and replacing processed foods like snack items and fast food.
Reducing restaurant food that can add sugar for flavor and appetite stimulation.
Consult a healthcare provider, dietician, or nutritionist before altering diet, physical activity, or supplement routine.
Eat More Healthy Fat
Healthy fat is more satisfying, making the body feel fuller for longer.
If sugar cravings are more serious, then professional help is recommended.
Drink More Water
When school, work, and life is happening, individuals can think they’re hungry; however, it is not hunger but the body needing hydration.
Drink one to two glasses of water when cravings kick in to satisfy the craving.
Drinking water throughout the day helps keep cravings down and helps with sugar withdrawal symptoms.
Individuals who have difficulty drinking water should add slices of fruit, cucumber, or mint to make it more pleasing.
Try sparkling mineral water or naturally flavored carbonated waters.
Try healthy juices, like celery, beet, or carrot juice, instead of water.
Sugar substitutes are available, but not all are considered healthy.
Individuals should be cautious about using sugar-free alternatives to phase out sugar.
A study found that zero-calorie sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose were actually found to increase, not decrease, weight.
Stevia and monk fruit extract has been shown to be safe and has no negative side effects.
Consult a dietician or nutritionist to determine the healthiest for you.
What Happens To The Body
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Freeman, Clara R et al. “Impact of sugar on the body, brain, and behavior.” Frontiers in bioscience (Landmark edition) vol. 23,12 2255-2266. 1 Jun. 2018, doi:10.2741/4704
Nutritionists are medical professionals in food and nutrition and work one-on-one to develop an optimal nutrition plan for their body type, age, and health conditions. They explain the right foods to eat, how different foods impact the body, and what foods to avoid. Individuals can benefit from working with a nutritionist to help achieve a healthier lifestyle through education and healthy choices.
Working With A Nutritionist
Nutritionists work with individuals to enhance their knowledge about general nutrition, food, and health. Their focus is on food behavior, which includes developing and implementing meal plans to improve the individual’s or family’s nutrition. Nutritionists work in:
Clinical settings – hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, fitness and health, and chiropractic clinics.
Government – local health departments.
School districts – regarding school nutrition standards.
Private business – independent work in combination with other medical professionals.
Research – with various health and/or sports organizations.
Working with a nutritionist will determine what factors are challenging an individual’s eating habits and triggers and find ways to overcome those barriers. Benefits include:
Nutrition plans are based on nutritional needs, current health, and lifestyle.
Nutrition plans cut down on grocery bills.
Shopping with a specific list cuts down on the extra foods being purchased.
Proper nutrition can help manage chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, combined with a primary care doctor or specialist treatment.
Nutritionists can help individuals dealing with food allergies or who have been diagnosed could require a diet change.
Nutritionists can help motivate when struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Responsibilities and Daily Activities
Nutritionists help individuals reach various goals, like weight loss, healthier eating habits, and stress management, and can be responsible for the following:
Evaluating health needs.
Screening for nutritional risk.
Discussing nutrition and eating habits.
Providing educational resources.
Developing personalized nutrition plans.
Talking about nutritional issues with individual families.
Discussing nutrition plans with primary doctors and other healthcare teams.
Equipping individuals with food behavior modification tools.
Adjusting plans as needed.
Treating conditions and disease management through nutrition.
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Chiropractic treatment focuses on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. As with all body systems, specific nutrients protect and increase their functional strength. Various chiropractic-recommended supplements can help in the treatment of musculoskeletal issues and help transform an individual’s health.
Chiropractors study food-based supplements that are bio-available to cells and are easily absorbed by the body. These food-based supplements and vitamins are seen as food by the body. Supplements are used in detoxification to overcome nutritional deficiencies and enhance an individual’s diet by taking nutrients to optimum levels. Immune system health can also be strengthened by keeping the body resistant to diseases.
Chiropractic medicine study’s all the building blocks of the body that, include:
B12 is essential to the function of the nervous system and the body’s metabolism.
B12 breaks complex carbohydrates into more simplistic glucose for basic functions.
B12 helps maintain the nerve insulator myelin, which is necessary for nerve transmission.
B12 deficiency has been linked to the loss of myelin and can lead to serious conditions like Alzheimer’s.
B12 shots deliver the nutrient directly to the bloodstream bypassing the absorption process necessary for oral supplements.
Vitamin K helps balance and facilitate calcium absorption.
Vitamin K helps strengthen bones and increase bone density.
Often recommended for individuals with osteopenia and osteoporosis to help prevent fractures.
How To Choose Supplements
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Clean eating for beginners is a way to approach how you eat by removing unnecessary fats, sugars, and carbs, avoiding processed foods, and embracing vegetables, whole foods, unrefined grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. The more you practice, the more the craving for salts and sweets decreases and no longer satisfies. The idea is to combine a clean eating lifestyle with an active life that turns into long-term healthy habits.
Junk food refers to processed/refined foods, artificial flavors, sugars, salts, high saturated fats, and other foods that don’t provide nutrition. Clean foods fill the body with an abundance of vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, and healthy fats, which improve heart and brain health, assist with weight management, strengthen the immune system and increase energy levels. Clean eating guidelines include:
Preparing and Cooking Own Food
Preparing and cooking your food is an easy way to control what goes into your body.
You control the salt, sugar, flavors, and fats with the objective of keeping the levels as low as possible.
Restaurant and diner food tastes great, but it is usually because salt, sugar, and butter are added to everything.
Whole foods have not been modified, processed or refined, or saturated with preservatives, added sugars, dyes, fats/hydrogenated fats, or salt to add extra flavor or to enhance shelf life.
They include fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, unsalted nuts/seeds, whole grains, full-fat dairy products, and dried beans/legumes.
Unrefined foods contain more nutrients and fiber, essential for healthy body function.
Fruit juices contain more nutrients than soda but can be high in calories and sugar. Read the labels.
To start, take small steps so the body can gradually transition into healthy habits that will last long-term. This is a new lifestyle, not a trending fad. Individuals are recommended to ease into it, and then it will begin to feel normal. Injury Medical Chiropractic Clinic has a Functional Medicine team, including a certified nutritionist, to help individuals develop a nutrition plan specific to their needs.
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When the body encounters a foreign element that can include a chemical, plant pollen, an invading microbe, or some other form of infection, it activates the immune system that triggers inflammation to protect the body and fight the illness. Heat and swelling are the body’s repair mechanisms to heal an injury, or if there is an infection, cells are activated to the location to combat the invading pathogens. However, Following an anti-inflammatory diet is important and part of the diet includes anti-inflammatory drinks.
The immune system markers in the blood and tissue are above normal levels in response to continual low-level inflammation. The white blood cells that help heal an injury are working against a threat of injury/infection that does not exist. Tissues, organs, and cells can become affected by an influx of white blood cells that should not be there. Studies have proven that inflammation leads to chronic disease, but there are ways to avoid the damaging progression that include:
Traditional homemade chai tea is a blend of herbs with anti-inflammatory benefits.
Herbs include cinnamon, star anise, clove, ginger, and cardamom.
They help improve digestion, alleviate nausea, and increase immune system health.
These are just a few examples, but there are a variety of anti-inflammatory drinks that can benefit body and mental health.
Healthy and Refreshing
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Around 60% of individuals have a condition caused by or complicated by chronic inflammation. The body reacts with acute inflammation, which is beneficial as the immune system fights off bacteria that could infect the injury. Examples could be getting a cut on the finger that swells for a day or so to repair the wound or catching a cold and coughing up mucus to expel the germs. However, acute inflammation only lasts as long as necessary; chronic inflammation can last for weeks, months, and years. Individuals can have chronic inflammation and not know the damage being done to arteries and organs until pain or other issues begin to present. There are a few anti-inflammatory diets, which are nutrition plans that can help reduce inflammation.
Health-promoting substances include vitamins, minerals, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, flavan-3-ols in tea and cocoa, and anthocyanins in blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and other red and purple plant foods. Certain chemicals in the body cause inflammation, and naturally-occurring chemicals in foods, can prevent and combat inflammation by providing essential nutrients.
This includes Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, which each have different cuisines, but traditionally, they share healthy foods that provide anti-inflammatory benefits, including:
Rye is a grain shown to help reduce blood sugar, the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein. Individuals that follow this way of eating have lower blood levels of C-reactive protein and other inflammation markers. A randomized study was done in various Nordic countries and lasted six to 24 weeks. One group was assigned a healthy Nordic diet while the other stayed on the country’s modern, less healthy diet. The studies found that individuals that practiced a healthy Nordic diet even for a short while improved inflammatory markers and lost weight.
Research has linked a traditional Mexican diet to lower inflammation. Staple foods of a traditional Mexican diet include:
Fruits and vegetables, including hot peppers
Rice – brown and white
Legumes/beans are linked to protection from inflammatory-related conditions that include:
High blood pressure
High blood cholesterol
Type 2 diabetes
Legumes are high in fiber, which helps:
Reduce unhealthy cholesterol
Reduce blood sugar spikes after a meal, which helps prevent type 2 diabetes and inflammation.
A National Cancer Institute study of post-menopausal women of Mexican descent living in the U.S. found that those following a more traditional Mexican diet averaged 23% lower C-reactive protein levels.
Nutritionist Health Coach and Chiropractic
In some instances, chronic inflammation can come from acute inflammation that does not turn off, which can happen when the body does not make enough chemical substances responsible for turning off the immune response. Blood tests for inflammation can include tests that detect the C-reactive protein and the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, which measures the speed red blood cells settle in a test tube that shows if more inflammatory compounds are present. A combined approach and team of medical professionals, including chiropractic, massage therapy, health coaching, and nutrition, can help relieve and prevent inflammation.
Consulting a nutritionist is recommended to figure out and determine the best diet/nutrition plan for the individual.
A nutritionist may also suggest supplementation like vitamin D, magnesium, and fish oil supplements.
Body composition analysis breaks down the body elements of water, protein, minerals, and fat that can also discover inflammation markers.
Chiropractic adjustments help reduce the production of cytokines or proteins that regulate the cells of the immune system. Overproduction of cytokines can cause a severe inflammatory response. Chiropractic’s purpose is to rebalance the body by realigning the vertebrae to reduce pressure on the nerves and promote a healthy nervous system. When the spine and other joints are correctly aligned, the nerves function correctly, returning the body’s biomechanics to normal.
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Everyone has different tips and tricks for being healthy and losing weight. Many individuals incorporate other diets, eating habits, and exercise regimes to lose excess weight, have energy throughout the day and feel good. One of the other diets many people seem to lean toward when it comes to losing weight and helping the body is detox. Surprisingly, many people seem misinformed about detox and dieting being the same; however, they are not, as detoxing is a natural process of body purification while dieting incorporates healthy eating habits, exercising, and healthy life choices. For the body, the best detoxing machine is the liver. Today’s article looks at how the liver detoxes the body, how factors can cause detox imbalances in the body, and how different food helps liver detoxification. We refer patients to certified providers specializing in liver or gastrointestinal treatments to help many individuals with liver issues. We also guide our patients by referring to our associated medical providers based on their examination when it’s appropriate. We find that education is the solution to asking our providers insightful questions. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer
Have you been experiencing gut sensitivities from the foods you eat? How about experiencing chronic fatigue throughout the entire day? What about experiencing pain and swelling in your abdominals or legs? Some of these issues may indicate that something is wrong with your liver. The liver is the most crucial organ with a massive responsibility for the vast array of functions of the body. The liver helps support many visceral functions like maintaining the body’s metabolism, immunity, digestion, and detoxification. Detoxification is a biochemical process where non-water-soluble compounds are transformed into water-soluble compounds flushed out of the body. The benefit of detox is that it helps protect the body from adverse effects of external and internal toxins.
Since the liver is a massive organ, its essential role in the body is detoxification. Studies reveal that the detoxification process for the liver is in two phases. Phase 1 activated the enzymes in the body to prepare the substance to be removed. Phase 2 excretes the enzymes out of the body as urine, stool, and bile. These two phases help keep the body healthy and stop excessive toxins from harming the rest of the body.
The Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is one of the central detoxification systems responsible for allowing waste products to leave and be carried away to the bloodstream, becoming one of the defense mechanisms for the body and purifying the body fluids for proper functioning. The lymphatic vasculatures also play an active role in immune regulation by impacting inflammatory and immune responses. This means that the lymphatic will produce white blood cells to attack foreign invaders entering the body.
The Gut-Liver Axis
Since the liver is the master organ for detoxification, what is its relationship with the gut? Well, studies reveal that the gut microbiota forms a complex microbial community that significantly impacts human health. The gut microbiota can indirectly modulate the functionality of the extra-intestinal organs, which involves the liver. The gut connects to the liver with the intestines through bile acid metabolism. When there is a decrease in bile acid in the gut, it could trigger hepatic inflammation via inflammasomes. Inflammasomes are an essential component of innate immune response while being critical for the clearance of pathogens or damaged cells. When the inflammasomes start becoming mediators for hepatic inflammation, they could potentially be involved with detoxification imbalances in the body.
When there are decreased bile acids in the gut, the body could be at risk of developing intestinal dysbiosis. This causes impaired intestinal barrier function, which overlaps to leaky gut and aggravates hepatic inflammation in the liver. When this happens, toxins in the body become excessive and may cause immune and nervous system abnormalities while triggering imbalanced detoxification symptoms that correspond to issues similar to chronic conditions. Some of these detoxification imbalances include:
Weight gain easily
Intolerance to fats
Puffy – excess fluid
Body odor, bad breath, metallic taste
Profuse sweating even in cool weather
Naturally Detoxing Your Body-Video
Have you been dealing with allergies or food intolerances affecting your abdominals? Have you been feeling sluggish? What about feeling chronic fatigue throughout the entire day? Some of these symptoms are signs that your liver could suffer from some issues. The liver’s primary function in the body is to detoxify the body. The video above explains how the liver detoxifies the body and how drinks to cleanse the body don’t add additional benefits. The best way for a healthy liver to be functional and detox the body naturally is by eating the right foods that help support the liver, exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water to flush out the system, and getting adequate sleep.
Foods That Support Liver Detoxification
When it comes to supporting the liver, eating the right foods can provide energy and reduce inflammatory effects on the body. Studies reveal that eating various wild and semidomestic food plants can provide various components to liver function. Plants like dandelions contain taxasterols, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that allow the liver to increase bile secretion. Other foods that help with liver functionality associated with other body functions include:
Berries (blueberries & cranberries)
Incorporating these healthy foods can not only be beneficial to the liver but can help the major organs and body to receive the nutrients that the body deserves.
The liver is a massive organ that helps the body to function correctly by harmful detoxifying pathogens through excretion. As a natural detoxifying machine, the liver has a casual relationship with the gut system by filtering the nutrients and transporting them out to different body areas. Harmful pathogens enter the body and disrupt the liver can lead to dysbiosis and liver dysfunction. Fortunately, there are nutritious foods that can help support the liver and even help flush out the toxins over time so the body can begin its healing process naturally.
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Energy Boosting Foods: Nutritionists, dieticians, and health coaches are constantly asked which foods help maintain energy, alertness, and focus throughout the day. The first thing to know is that all foods provide energy in the form of calories, but not all foods affect energy levels the same way. There are three macronutrients, carbohydrates, fat, and protein. However, carbohydrates are a rapid energy source compared to proteins and fats and are the body’s preferred energy. Here are a few foods for steady, consistent energy levels to include in a meal plan.
Avocados are rich in healthy fats, fiber, and B vitamins.
The fat in avocados promotes healthy blood-fat levels and increases the absorption of nutrients.
Around 80% of the carbohydrate content is made up of fiber, which means sustained energy.
One of the best energy-boosting foods that can be eaten on its own, frozen and blended into a smoothie or mixed into oatmeal.
Bananas contain complex carbohydrates, vitamin B6, potassium, and some protein.
It can be pinto, great northern, red, black, Anasazi beans, or other varieties as they have similar nutrient profiles.
They digest slowly, which stabilizes blood sugar.
They contain antioxidants, carbohydrates, fiber, protein, folic acid, iron, and
Magnesium helps produce energy and delivers it to the body’s cells.
Cashews are low in sugar, rich in fiber,
They contain heart-healthy fats and plant protein.
They are a reliable source of copper, magnesium, and manganese, critical for energy production, healthy bones, brain health, and immunity.
Eggs are packed with protein and rich in B vitamins, which help enzymes turn food into energy generating steady energy.
They contain leucine, an amino acid that stimulates energy production by helping cells to:
Take in more blood sugar.
Stimulates energy production in the cells.
Break down fat to produce energy.
The complex carbs in oatmeal generate a steady source of slow-burning energy.
Oats boost serotonin production, which helps:
Oast can be made with raisins, berries, bananas, and healthy maple syrup or honey for a healthy meal.
Yogurt contains lactose and galactose that breaks down to provide ready-to-use energy.
Top with oats, fruits, berries, and some honey or maple syrup.
Shrimp are low in calories and provide vitamin B12 and omega-3 fat, which helps with:
Sweet potatoes are recommended for energy production because of their iron, magnesium, and vitamin C nutrients.
The food we eat significantly impacts the body’s health and wellness, along with exercise, proper hydration, and healthy sleep are essential in sustaining high energy levels. Avoiding highly processed and sugary foods will help prevent mental and body fatigue. Consult a licensed nutritionist to learn about personalized diet and nutrition plans.
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The body needs protein which is essential in building muscle, repairing tissue, producing enzymes and hormones and is a source of energy. Whey is a complete protein source that provides all the essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that increase anabolism, also known as muscle growth. It is used for various reasons. Some individuals want to build muscle mass and gain strength, while others want to lose weight and achieve improved results from working out. Even individuals who don’t exercise can benefit from the supplement as it supports immune function, helps reduce blood pressure, and improves insulin response.
Whey protein is made from the liquid produced during the cheese-making process.
Milk comprises two forms of protein: casein (80%) and whey (20%).
It contains less than 0.5 g of fat and only 5 mg of cholesterol per serving.
Pure whey does not contain any gluten.
It is referred to as the most nutritious protein available.
It’s easy to digest.
Incorporating whey into a healthy diet can help lower the risk of diabetes.
There are three primary types of whey protein in supplements.
Hydrolysate is a form that has already gone through partial hydrolysis, a process so the body can absorb protein.
It is considered pre-digested, so it gets absorbed quicker.
Concentration is the most popular and least expensive option that retains the most nutrients. However, some individuals can tolerate isolate and hydrolysate a lot better and are ideal for those trying to cut down on carbs and fats.
Increased Strength and Muscle
Helps to increase protein consumption.
Most brands contain 80 to 90 percent without added carbs or fats.
Helps to build muscle and increase strength after physical activity/exercise recovery.
Can Help Burn Fat
A study found a group of adults that supplemented their diet with whey protein experienced a decrease in body fat and weight.
Combining whey protein and resistance training, participants found their weight and fat loss were even higher.
Can Help Stabilize Blood Sugar
Consuming whey protein with a high glycemic index before a meal can help stimulate insulin production while preventing spikes in blood sugar levels.
The protein naturally reduces blood sugar levels after meals when consumed before the meal.
Improves Heart Health
It can help reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness.
Promotes heart health by building muscle and helping with weight loss.
It can help encourage glutathione synthesis, which increases immune system function.
It is also rich in vitamins and minerals that promote immune function.
It helps the body recover from oxidative stress and inflammation.
Improves Energy Levels
It helps to increase glycogen, a source of energy during exercise or other physical activities.
It also increases leptin which helps balance the body’s energy levels.
Whey is easily digested, which can be quickly converted to energy.
Factors to Consider When Choosing
The flavor is crucial because nobody wants to drink a daily protein shake they cannot enjoy.
Options like chocolate and vanilla are usually safe.
If experimenting, get a small container to start.
Not all supplements mix properly or thoroughly.
Find a brand that dissolves quickly and has little clumping.
Most protein supplements are available in 1 lb, 2 lb, 5 lb, or 10 lb containers.
Larger sizes are more cost-effective.
One 5 lb package is cheaper than buying five 1 lb containers.
Everything You Need To Know
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Medical experts advise that maintaining body hydration is one of the most important things to do in extreme heat. Individuals out in the heat lose electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and chloride and need added electrolytes to prevent cramping and excessive sweating that can strain the body. Dehydration can be dangerous, leading to heat exhaustion and possible heat stroke. If gulping water all day seems like a lot, remember that not all hydration must come from drinking water; there are hydrating foods that contain enough water that can be incorporated.
Sweating is vital for maintaining body temperature, and electrolytes are essential in maintaining the body’s homeostasis. Electrolytes help coordinate muscle contractions, heart function, and the conductivity of electric signals transmitting to and from the nervous system. The kidneys regulate fluid absorption and excretion to maintain electrolyte balance, but an imbalance can occur when electrolyte levels spike or drop. An electrolyte imbalance is caused by a change in the number of electrolytes in the body. Sodium, potassium, and calcium are the common elements most likely to be affected by an electrolyte imbalance. Other reasons why electrolyte levels can change include:
It is recommended that instead of focusing on how many glasses of water have been drunk, concentrate on two biomarkers:
When the body is thoroughly hydrated, an individual should go to the bathroom every two to three hours, and the urine should be a pale yellow. If it looks orange, it indicates that the body is trying to conserve water and needs further hydration.
Consulting a doctor or nutritionist is recommended to help determine what foods are safe for the individual if there are underlying conditions or other health concerns. Here are a few hydrating foods that contain at least 80 percent water that can be eaten throughout the hot day to maintain body hydration.
Best known for their fiber content (up to 5 grams), they are also more than 80 percent water.
A quick crunchy snack with potassium, vitamin B6, C, and magnesium.
These can be up to 92 percent water.
Contain vitamin A, B6, and C, plus lycopene and antioxidants.
Watermelon can be cubed by itself or with feta cheese, olive oil, salt, pepper, and basil for a sweet-savory salad.
These can contain up to 88 percent water, fiber, protein, and vitamin C.
Peaches can be added to salsas or incorporated into a salad.
Carrots are around 90 percent water.
Rich in beta carotene, which the body uses to make vitamin A.
Vitamin A helps the eyes convert light into a signal sent to the brain, allowing for better sight in dim to dark light.
Cucumbers have more than 96 percent water.
They also contain potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and some calcium.
They contain nutrients known as cucurbitacins, which can have an anti-diabetic effect.
Fisetin is an anti-inflammatory substance that helps brain health.
The waxy variety contains more water, as much as 80 percent.
They contain potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and minerals.
Have them baked or roasted with skins to keep as much potassium as possible.
Tomatoes are almost 95 percent water.
They contain cancer-fighting carotenoid lycopene, vitamin A and C, and potassium.
Sliced onto sandwiches, sauteed into pasta, or blended into a gazpacho.
90 percent water.
Contains beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamin C.
It can be eaten by itself, chopped into salads or smoothies.
It contains protein, gut probiotics, calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Top with some berries for extra hydration.
These are a few hydrating foods that can help with the intense heat. Others include zucchini, iceberg lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower. Healthy H2O levels benefits include:
Improved physical performance during exercise.
Increased energy levels.
Optimal brain function.
What Are The Most Hydrating Foods?
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Nutrition is how the body utilizes consumed food. Nutrition plays a role in chronic pain; lifestyle behaviors can influence how food contributes to illness/diseases. A common cause of chronic pain is chronic systemic inflammation. Inflammation plays a role in many chronic disease conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Reducing inflammation can be achieved by adjusting diet to get individuals back to feeling better quickly and to aid them in maintaining and improving their overall health. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic offer diet and nutritional supplements guidance as part of a personalized treatment plan.
The purpose of the inflammatory response includes:
Isolate the dangerous bacteria, viruses, or damaged cells.
Flush out the dead cells and other damaging substances.
Vitamins E and C, combined with copper, help with blood production, tissue repair, and brain and skin health.
Folic acidcan help with joint pain and myofascial pain.
B Vitamins can help with pain and prevent liver dysfunction.
Nutritional supplements support the body until the body and/or organs have correctly healed. Recovery from an injury could cause body stress that can interfere with the healing process. Diet and nutritional supplements expedite the healing and recovery process by:
Helping overcome dietary deficiencies.
Improving immune system function.
Contain antioxidants that help the body stay toxin-free.
Chiropractic restores and realigns the body by incorporating supplements to nourish the body tissues and recover optimally from injury.
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