What’s missing in my diet?

I ask patients on a daily basis what vitamins they are taking if any and what their diet consists of. Most of them are wondering how this has anything to do with Chiropractic. My response, it has everything to do with Chiropractic. A patient’s vitamin intake and diet can determine how effective Chiropractic treatment will be and how quickly they will get better. Here are some key vitamins to make sure you are getting in your diet or through supplements and what they do for you.

 

  1. Vitamin A

Vitamin A plays an important role in bone growth, vision and cell division. The form that is beneficial for eye health is called retinol and is found in foods such as eggs, milk and liver. The other form of vitamin A is called a carotenoid (Ex: beta-carotene) which is found in plant based foods and orange or yellow foods. Carote

noids are considered powerful antioxidants and promote the growth of healthy cells and fight against the growth of unhealthy cells. They can also help protect against cardiovascular problems and other health conditions associated with oxidative damage. Daily supplemental recommended doses should range from 2,500-7,500 IU’s per day and should not exceed those numbers for an extended period of time as it could be toxic.

Sources of Vitamin A:

Retinol – eggs, milk and liver

Carotenoids – carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, spinach and broccoli

  1. Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) plays a key role in coenzyme activities and helps protect against conditions such as multiple sclerosis, anemia, heart disease and arthritis. This essential nutrient also plays a role in protecting the nervous system, restoring the immune system, protecting against infection and is well known for its ability to promote healthy skin. Vitamin B6 protects against the development of dandruff, acne, hair loss, dry skin, eczema and helps with treatment of skin conditions such as melanoma and psoriasis.

Sources of Vitamin B6: Brown rice, salmon, cod, chili powder, garlic, pistachios and liver

  1. Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps the body maintain a healthy immune system, make healthy blood cells, maintain a healthy nervous system, DNA and improve brain function. Most people have a healthy store of vitamin B12 but the elderly and strict vegetarians who’s diets are lacking animal products are at a higher risk for developing a deficiency.

 

Sources of Vitamin B12:

Fish, meat, poultry, eggs and milk products

 

  1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is well known for its antioxidant properties and for being a weapon against illness. It is also needed so the body can make blood vessels, cartilage and ATP production. ATP is the main energy source for your bodies tissues.

 

Sources of Vitamin C:

Broccoli, kale, spinach, bell peppers, strawberries, oranges and tomatoes

  1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D might be the most important vitamin on this list because it is so important for your bodies growth and development. There are two types of vitamin D, one you get from your diet and one from sunlight. D2 (ergocalciferol) is available from food intake and D3 (cholecalciferol) is made from exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is important in maintaining a strong immune system, helping with calcium absorption and regulating inflammation.

 

Sources of Vitamin D:

Cod liver oil, fatty fish, egg yolk, cheese, salami, ham, sausage and SUNLIGHT!

 

Yours In Health!

Tyler Emmert

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