This is an excerpt from Chapter Seven of Dr. Troy Dreiling’s book.
Health Is a Multi-Faceted Equation
The common goal of chiropractic treatment is to restore the body to its natural state of health. When the body is confronted with the stressors of daily life, the immune system can be weakened. When this happens, the communication throughout the body’s nervous center can be blocked or impaired. When the immune system is healthy and the body is properly aligned, the body can sustain and fight off illness and disease. Maintaining a healthy body is a combination of proper alignment and a healthy lifestyle. Chiropractors educate their patients on both.
Your body is designed to heal itself. The nervous system is what controls your immune system. If you’re run down, your body is less able to cope with germs and infections and that’s when you will start to exhibit symptoms of illness such as a cold, the flu, or other types of compromised immune functions. If your nerve system is strong and healthy your body is more able to fight off and deal with these germs. Chiropractic care focuses on helping you maintain a strong and healthy nervous system, resulting in a healthy body and lifestyle.
Treatment by a chiropractor works to restore the body by removing obstacles such as a misalignment. Chiropractic treatment seeks to provide wellness by removing the cause of the symptom and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.
Nutritional Needs for a Healthy Body
Daily living exposes us to free radicals which not only can cause illness and disease but contribute to the aging process. Free radicals have a negative impact on how we look, and how we feel. Free radicals occur when an electron in an atom in our body becomes unpaired and searches for another electron to pair with. This search for another unpaired atom causes damage to our cells and causes a chain reaction creating more free radicals.
Free radicals occur in everyday life. They are made worse by: • Poor diet • Smoking • Drugs • Stress • Injury • Sun exposure • Pollution • Exposure to toxic chemicals • Aging • Infection Free radical damage can lead to: • Cancer • Heart Disease • Diabetes • Arthritis • Autoimmune disease • And many other diseases. Free radicals can damage the molecules in our body, such as protein, fat, even our DNA. Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that protect the body and fight off free radicals. These vitamins give free radicals the electron they are looking to pair with before they damage our cells. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, vitamin C, 90 ~ TAKE CHARGE of YOUR HEALTH ~ and vitamin E. These vitamins help strengthen your immune system making it easier to ward off illnesses like the flu, colds, and other infections.
Beta carotene is a substance the body converts into Vitamin A. It’s a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the cells and boost the immune system. Vitamin A is needed for new cell growth, healthy skin and hair, tissues, and vision in dim light. Although known for its red, orange and yellow pigments, there are many green vegetables as well that contain high amounts of beta-carotene. High sources of this important nutrient include: • Carrots • Pumpkins • Sweet Potatoes • Spinach • Collards • Kale • Turnip greens • Beet greens Words Defined: Beta-carotene Beta-carotene is one of a group of red, orange, and yellow pigments called carotenoids. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids provide approximately 50% of the Vitamin A needed in the American Diet. 1 91 ~ TAKE CHARGE of YOUR HEALTH ~ • Winter squash • Cabbage Other sources for Vitamin A include: • Beef • Broccoli • Cantaloupe • Apricots • Liver • Milk • Butter • Cheese • Whole eggs Vitamin C Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is another antioxidant that strengthens our immune system and regulates our body to protect it from infection. While it is needed for the growth and repair of tissues, it’s also important to help make skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. It heals wounds and forms scar tissue. Vitamin C aids the formation of collagen to hold the cells together. It also is needed for healthy teeth, gums, and blood vessels. It is another vitamin which is important for eye health. Fruits with the highest sources of Vitamin C are: • Cantaloupe • Citrus fruits and juices, such as orange and grapefruit • Kiwi • Mango • Guava 92 ~ TAKE CHARGE of YOUR HEALTH ~ • Papaya • Pineapple • Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries • Watermelon Vegetables with the highest source of Vitamin C include: • Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower • Green and red peppers • Spinach, cabbage, turnip greens, and other leafy greens • Sweet and white potatoes • Tomatoes and tomato juice • Winter squash Note: Cooking vitamin C-rich food or storing them for a long period of time can reduce the vitamin C content. 3 If you are not getting enough Vitamin C you can experience illness or discomforts including: • Anemia • Bleeding gums • Decreased ability to fight infection • Decreased wound-healing rate • Dry and splitting hair Interesting Fact Vitamin C is a vital nutrient for asthma patients. Asthma patients often need vitamin C in larger doses because it acts as an antioxidant in their lungs and air pipes. This is one of the most underrated vitamin C benefits. 2 93 ~ TAKE CHARGE of YOUR HEALTH ~ • Easy bruising • Gingivitis • Nosebleeds • Possible weight gain due to decreased metabolism • Rough, dry, scaly skin • Swollen and painful joints • Weakened tooth enamel. • Scurvy (due to severe vitamin C deficiency) 4