A Chiropractor’s Guide to Clean Eating

You know that eating healthy, nutritious foods is good for you. You also probably know that getting regular adjustments from a chiropractor is good for you. It should make sense then that having both of these healthy habits in your life can really make a difference in how you feel, both physically as well as mentally. Chiropractic is a holistic treatment plan, meaning it is designed to improve your entire body so it can heal itself from the inside out. Similarly, when you eat healthy foods, your entire body is impacted for the better, as it now has the energy and fuel it needs to function and thrive properly.

Foods For Better Back and Body Health

Many chiropractic patients are surprised to learn that, out of all things, their eating habits may be playing a big part in how much back or joint pain they experience at any given time. This is because certain foods increase the inflammation that takes place in the body. You may know that inflammation is the body’s natural response to foreign invaders and viruses. This can certainly be a good thing in certain cases, but when inflammation is increased — often due to your diet — it can have more negative effects than positive effects on your body. In particular, high amounts of inflammation, when not needed to fight off an infection or illness, end up pressing against your joints and soft tissues to create pain and stiffness in the body. 

It’s for this reason you want to do your best to avoid foods which cause inflammation. Instead, seek out foods which are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Foods to avoid generally include anything which is highly processed or packaged, such as chips, candy, and frozen dinners. The further away a food product is from its natural state, the less likely it is to be healthy for you.

Conversely, foods which are whole, unprocessed, or even raw, are generally great for you. In particular, fatty fish, chia seeds, and leafy greens all have anti-inflammatory compounds, which makes them especially great choices for anyone experiencing back pain, joint stiffness, or muscles aches. 

Diet and chiropractic connect in an important way. Make these two facets of your well-being a priority, and your body will thank you. If you need more guidance, drop in on your local The Joint; get some great advice on what foods to eat, and have an adjustment that should leave you feeling better.  

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