Supporting their natural approach to healing, Peltzman Chiropractic offers nutritional counseling to help our patients achieve and maintain healthy living.

While chiropractic adjustments treat our bodies’ mechanical functions, proper nutrition addresses its chemical functions. These two components work together synergistically, and each affects the other in maintaining health and preventing illness.

As part of your care plan, Drs. Jeff and Val can regularly discuss with you the elements of your daily living that can affect your overall health:

  • Dietary guidance
  • Food allergy issues
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Risk avoidance advice
  • Wellness counseling
  • Corresponding supplements

Digestive Health

A key to good health is the gut, pure and simple. The nervous system of the gut is frequently called “the second brain.” Nutritional experts state that 60% to 70% of our body’s immune cells are in the gut. It’s no wonder that it plays such a critical role in our body’s proper function.

We all experience digestive challenges from time to time: gas, heartburn, bloating, belching, constipation, diarrhea. However, when these issues interfere with our daily living, it’s time to take steps toward correcting the problem.

1. Chew your food well – Let your saliva do its job. Chew food thoroughly so your saliva can break it down and make the digestive process smoother. Smaller, more frequent meals will also help. Try not to overwhelm your digestion system by overeating and consuming large meals.

2. Handle stress effectively – Remember to breathe and relax when you are feeling stressed. Otherwise, your blood flow is reduced, and this will affect your digestive muscles. It’s that “fight or flight” reaction that is inbred into all of us. Your blood flow is redirected to keep the adrenaline pumping, not to help properly digest your meal.

3. Exercise regularly – Exercise supports the muscles of your intestine, which helps you stay regular. Plus, exercise is a stress reducer and that will keep your digestive system functioning optimally.

4. Take supplements – From enzymes to probiotics, there are a variety of natural supplements that we can provide to support your digestive health effectively. These natural materials can reduce digestive issues and help your system operate efficiently, without taking medication.

5. Drink plenty of water – Staying well hydrated helps support regularity and the overall health of your digestive system. Starting the morning off with two glasses of water will get your organs moving and awake. Keep drinking water throughout the day. When you feel thirsty, you are likely already getting dehydrated.

6. Eat fiber-rich foods – Aim to eat 25-35 grams of fiber a day to keep your digestive system functioning effectively. Eating a well-balanced diet consisting of high fiber vegetables, fruits and complex carbohydrates is your best bet. Avoid processed foods, sugars and highly refined carbohydrates.

Talk to the Peltzman Chiropractic Associates team about making healthy digestion a key element in your wellness plan.