One of the trillions of things your body does without so much as a conscious thought from you is to replace dead and dying cells with new, healthy cells. It’s happening right now:
- New intestine lining every 2-3 days. New stomach lining every 5 days. New skin every 28 days.
- New liver every 42 days. New bone every 90 days. New red blood cells every 120 days.
- Your body creates 1,000,000,000 new cells every hour.
Over time, this renewal process replaces the old you with a whole new you. This is what allows us to heal and to grow. It’s also why continued chiropractic care can be instrumental in protecting your health and longevity.
Chiropractic Wellness Care for Health & Longevity
You see, your body relies on your current structural patterns as a guide for the placement of new cells. Regular chiropractic care helps establish new, better balanced and healthier structural patterns. This is why ongoing chiropractic care, even when you don’t have an obvious ache or pain, can be super beneficial to your overall health. This has created an entirely new way to see health that is called wellness. Wellness visits help identify and correct small problems before they become big problems. Wellness visits help you keep wellness and healthy habits in the forefront of your mind. You know the saying “birds of a feather flock together”, right? A monthly encounter with me and my health-conscious staff can actually help you to make better choices throughout the rest of the month.
You Need to Get Good Nutrition Too!
There is no better way to rejuvenate your health and encourage healthy cellular turnover than by eating more nutritiously. In fact, even a few simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can have a positive impact on your health and can also prevent a variety of health problems in the future.
The traditional coffee and doughnuts for breakfast; a hamburger for lunch or no lunch; candy, cookies, and a soft drink for a snack; followed by a huge dinner with more calories than a person needs for an entire day-are unhealthy dietary choices. As a result, younger and younger people are being diagnosed with obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and heart disease all because of poor diet.
To reverse the alarming trend, many doctors of chiropractic urge patients to stop smoking, eat a balanced but low-carb diet, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, and augment their balanced diet with appropriate nutritional supplements.
- Eat more raw foods. Cooking and canning destroy much of the nutrition in foods. With the exception of canned tomatoes, which can help prevent prostate cancer. Fresh or flash-frozen fruits and vegetables always have more natural vitamins and minerals than canned.
- Select organically grown foods when possible, because they have lower amounts of toxic elements, such as pesticides and heavy metals.
- Consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day from food. Nuts, some fruits, and crunchy vegetables are great sources of fiber. Higher-fiber diets can help prevent digestive disorders, heart disease, and colon cancer.
- Drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of pure water every day. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and alcohol are dehydrators and are not substitutes for water.
What About Vegetarian Diets
Research shows that a good vegetarian diet as part of a comprehensive health program can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. However, fried foods, hydrogenated fats, and commercial meat substitutes may contain more sugar and unhealthy fats than a meat-eater would consume.
If you are considering a vegetarian diet, keep the following tips in mind:
- Don’t rely on fruits and vegetables at the expense of grains and legumes that contain protein. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to consume a wide range of nutrients.
- Tiredness, malaise, and anemia can be signs of nutrient deficiencies, so it’s wise to have your B12, iron and vitamin D levels checked at least once a year.
- Supplements are likely necessary to obtain the nutrients you no longer get from animal-based products, such as vitamin B12.
- Before eliminating animal products from the diet, learn to do it right. Children, pregnant and breast-feeding women, and people recovering from illness should consult their health care practitioners.
What About Supplements
Dietary supplementation is not a substitute for a healthy nutritionally dense diet! A person cannot sustain good health by just taking vitamin and mineral supplements. When taken properly, however, supplements can play an important role in achieving maximum health. If you are considering nutritional supplements, keep the following tips in mind:
- Remember to consume dark green vegetables, oils, nuts, and seeds, which are sources of magnesium, fatty acids, and many other vitamins and minerals.
- Don’t “self-prescribe.” Consult a health care practitioner, (like me!), to determine what supplements are best for you.
- If you have symptoms such as headaches, chronic fatigue, or cardiac problems, seek professional advice from a health care provider who specializes in nutrition.
- In the nutrition world, you really do get what you pay for, so the best nutritional products are likely to cost a bit more than those you can pick up at the grocery store or Costco or Amazon.
Positive Lifestyle Changes Bring It All Together
- Exercise at least 20 to 30 minutes every day.
- Eat out more sparingly. Food preparation methods in restaurants often involve high amounts-and the wrong types-of fat and excess sugar. Brown-bag your lunch to gain more control of your calorie and sugar content while adding nutritious fruits, vegetables.
- Limit your intake of alcohol and quit smoking. Drinking alcohol excessively and/or smoking hinder your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from your food.
With the onset of the New Year, why not include regular Chiropractic Care, Good Nutrition and Positive Lifestyle choices in your 2019 resolutions?
Need More Help?
If you need more help, more guidance or intervention to help correct a particular illness or injury or break a bad habit, please don’t hesitate to call me and ask for that help. Here are just some of the services I provide in my office:
- Acupuncture to Stop Smoking and curb addictions and sweet cravings or address arthritis in the feet, knees, hips…
- Weight Loss Programs to help you lose fat quickly & reverse metabolic syndrome.
- Chiropractic Care to address back, neck and extremity issues that may be hindering your ability to exercise, sleep or participate in the fun of life.
- Medical Massage compliments Chiropractic care to address the muscular component of your injury or illness.
- Physiotherapies to tackle diabetic or chemo-induced neuropathies.
- Functional Medicine to correct hormone imbalance, insomnia, and digestive issues that are interfering with your ability to really enjoy life.
- Custom Orthotics to address foot and knee issues.
Dr. Hoch (pronounced Hoke), is a 1988 Graduate of Peotone High School and a 1990 Graduate of Joliet Junior College. She Received both her B.S. in Human Biology (1991) and her Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) (1993) from The National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL. She also received her graduate and post-graduate certifications in Acupuncture from NCC. This article is copyrighted and may not be copied or duplicated in any manner including printed or electronic media, regardless of whether for a fee or gratis without the prior written permission of Dr. Hoch.