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Supplement Your Health

According the FDA[1], supplements are vitamins, minerals, or other substances including herbals, botanicals, amino acids, or enzymes. Supplements may be used to help ensure that your body receives all the essential nutrients it needs to function well. So the question becomes, what supplements might you need?

The best option is to consult with your medical provider, like your chiropractor, family doctor, or nutritionist. Through proper consultation, your provider can assess what supplements may be of benefit for you and, importantly, ensure that you are not taking too much or an unhealthy combination of certain nutrients. Your provider can also offer tips on how to best introduce supplements into your daily regimen.

And at the end of the day, supplements are not a replacement for a healthy diet. Eating a well-balanced diet is essential to your overall health. Supplements are just there to, well, supplement that diet. It’s a little something extra to round out your dietary needs. If you think you may need to add a supplement to your diet, contact your medical provider today!

[1] http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYOu/Consumers/ucm109760.htm

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Getting to Know Nutrition

It sounds quite simple. The better you eat, the better you feel. A nutritious diet can even stave off many health problems in the future.

But figuring out what “nutritious” means is far more complicated. There is no shortage of information about what to eat and how to eat to best fuel your body. From Paleo to Atkins to Gluten-free – which (if any!) may be right for you? There are also detox plans and vitamins and supplements, too. Oh boy.

The bottom line is that there is no one right answer for everyone, but there are some simple guidelines to help get you on the right track:

  • Limit your processed food intake. Processed foods are full of hidden salt and sugar that can wreak havoc on your health. When you prepare your own food, you know – and can control – exactly what ingredients are included, which helps you know exactly how much you are eating.
  • Eat more fruits and veggies. Now is the season for local farmers markets and a multitude of fresh produce. Take advantage and fill your plate with colorful fruits and veggies that are high in fiber and rich in essential nutrients.
  • And lastly, we’ve said it before, but it’s vitally important – drink more water. Wean off of the sugary drinks like pop and juice, and even the artificially sweet drinks, too. Try to get at least 8 to 10 glasses of water in each day.

There is, of course, a lot more to eating well than these few tips, but making these changes can get you started with healthier eating habits.

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Align Yourself for Long-Term Health

It’s sometimes called an adjustment and sometimes a manipulation, but the result is the same. Your spinal vertebrae can become misaligned, called a subluxation, and an adjustment is used to help encourage them to return to proper alignment. During an adjustment, your chiropractor applies a controlled force to an area of your spine that frees the vertebrae from their incorrect position and allows them to move back into proper alignment.

Sometimes, the muscles around the vertebrae pull the vertebrae back out of alignment. It may take several adjustments before the vertebrae stay in their proper place. Through regular adjustments, you can encourage your spine to stay in alignment.

Think of it like your regular dental appointment. You go to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned to avoid cavities and other serious issues down the road. In the same way, you should see your chiropractor on a regular basis to help avoid injury, nerve damage and pain and to promote your overall, long-term health.

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