Nutritional Supplementation

Club West Chiropractic in Blaine, MN offers an array of nutritional supplements. Supplements are intended to replenish the body with vital vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and more. Eight out of the top ten leading causing of death in the United States are directly related to poor nutrition. Supplementation allows your body to receive the nutrients it needs to function optimally and prevent disease.

The standard American diet consists of fast meals with little preparation. We eat the food that is available to us, but the quality of food in our society has fallen greatly. Your muscles, tissues, and organs aren’t getting the nutrients they need to function properly. Nutritional deficiencies cause problems such as pain, decreased organ function, fatigue, disease and much more.

Nutritional Supplementation

It used to be that you could eat an orange and get a healthy dose of vitamin C. If you were to pick an orange right off of the tree in Florida it would contain 51 mg of vitamin C. People in Minnesota and other states want to eat fruits and vegetables that do not grow in their climate. So we ship in fruits and vegetables from other states and countries, and they just don’t have the nutrients our bodies need to function. In order to get a ripe orange from FL to MN, that isn’t rotten, the orange must be picked well before it is ripe. It’s not that the unripe orange doesn’t contain high amounts of vitamin C, because it does. Vitamin C is a very unstable chemical, and over time it breaks down. By the time the truck gets to Minnesota there is virtually no vitamin C left in the orange. An orange was my example, but this is true for all fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are supposed to be healthy and good for us, yet they are providing no nutritional value. So what are the ways around this problem?

The Fab Four are the four most important supplements offered at Club West Chiropractic in Blaine, MN. There are many other supplements offered, but the chiropractors of Club West Chiropractic believe that everybody should be taking these four supplements to ensure proper nutrition and disease prevention.

A Quality Multi-Vitamin/ Multi-Mineral

Due to our vitamin and mineral depleted food selection it is necessary that we supplement vital components that our bodies need, but are not getting from our diet alone. We recommend that all patients at the very least supplement a multi-vitamin/mineral. This quality multi-vitamin pill is taken daily and gives your body the bare minimum nutrients it needs to function at full capacity, and to prevent diseases. Why do women take multi vitamin pills every day when they are pregnant? To protect, and provide nutrients to their baby, right? Protect your self. It is necessary in this day and age to supplement vital nutrients. ** Buy quality products. Most supplements are not FDA approved. See more information at the bottom of the page.

Vitamin D

Risks of Vitamin D Deficiency from WebMD

  • Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Cognitive impairment in older adults
  • Severe asthma in children
  • Cancer

“Research suggests that vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including type1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis.” –WebMD

According to a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, 75% of US teens and adults are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D comes from the sun and is essential for bone health. The number one goal of chiropractors is to keep your bones healthy, moving correctly, and pain free.

In our Minnesota climate, with our long winters, and little sunlight there is no exception. Every one should be supplementing Vitamin D. Diabetes and hypertension are major health concerns in our society. Diet and lack of nutrients plays a role in these horrible diseases. Multiple Sclerosis is very common in the northern states and is associated with vitamin d deficiency as well. Long winter months means less sunlight and less vitamin D, but that doesn’t mean our bodies don’t need the vitamin D. Our bodies desperately need vitamin D for bone, breast, prostate, heart, pancreas, and brain health

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

EPA/DHA are two of the active ingredients in Omega-3 Fish Oils. Omega-3’s are essential for brain development. The research supports supplementing fish oil, and we can’t ignore it anymore. Fish oil, when taken regularly decreases triglycerides. Lowering triglycerides helps prevent diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and neurological diseases. Fish Oil has also been proven to help prevent and treat other conditions such as high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual pain, brittle bones, and more. Many of these conditions are inflammatory disease. Inflammation in the body is an indication that there is too much Omega-6 Fatty Acids and not enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-6’s come from inflammatory food such as grains, sugar, trans fats etc.
Studies have also reinforced the importance of Fish Oil supplementation for pregnant and breast feeding mothers. Fish Oil aids in the development of the growing fetus’s central nervous system, mostly the visual centers and the learning centers of the brain. Because our bodies cannot produce Omega-3 Fatty Acids on their own, they must be obtained though food and supplementation.

Probiotics

Hundreds of bacteria strains (bugs) live in your gut; some are good, some are bad. When balanced they help you absorb the nutrients you need, and help get rid of toxins that could potentially hurt you. When these bugs become imbalanced your body is not able to get rid of toxins, and utilize the nutrients your organs need to function. What we want is more good bugs than bad bugs to be living in your gut. The good bugs eat toxins and poop out nutrients; the bad bugs eat nutrients and poop out toxins. If too many bad bugs are eating the nutrients your body needs, then diseases arise. You may experience symptoms such as irritable bowel, diarrhea, constipation, incontinence, etc.

Taking antibiotics can really cause an imbalance of good bugs and bad bugs in your gut. Probiotics should be taken regularly to ensure good bacterial balance. Probiotics contain good bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, that helps balance the bugs in your gut so you can get the proper nutrients you should be getting.

**At Club West Chiropractic in Blaine, MN we work very closely with a trusted GMP certified distributor called Nutri-Dyn. We buy all of our supplements though Nutri-Dyn, which guarantees us quality products.