When you think of visiting a chiropractor, you probably immediately think of back or body pain, spinal manipulations, and exercises to help you to combat your discomfort, improve your flexibility and mobility and give you a better quality of life. While back and body pain are two of the most common reasons for someone to visit a chiropractor, you may be surprised to learn that chiropractic care actually focuses on helping patients to achieve whole-body wellness. One of the services that many chiropractors offer is nutrition counseling. Here’s what you need to know about what nutrition counseling involves and how it can benefit your body and your health.

What is Nutrition Counseling?

Nutrition counseling is a service that looks at what you eat and how you eat it, in order to determine if there are changes that could be made to your diet or eating habits that would benefit your health. Although this is beneficial as a standalone service, when nutrition counseling is combined with chiropractic adjustments and other similar treatments that bring the spine into alignment and balance the musculoskeletal system, it can help ensure whole-body wellness.

You may have heard the phrase ‘we are what we eat’. There is definitely some truth in this statement since research has found that when we lack a balanced diet that is rich in nutrition, it can have a detrimental effect on our overall health. Fatigue, inability to fight off illness, issues with body systems, such as the function of our digestive system, and even poor organ function are all associated with poor nutrition. This means that people with a poor diet are more likely to develop chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, as well as any viruses that may be going around.

Nutritional counseling looks to address any imbalances in your nutritional intake that could be contributing to problems with your musculoskeletal system. Making changes to your diet can reduce inflammation in your body and make it easier to manage any pain you may be experiencing, while also reducing problems associated with excessive weight, such as arthritis and lower back pain.

Key Benefits of Nutrition Counseling

Eating the right foods and obtaining the correct balance of nutrients has a huge range of benefits for your overall health and wellness. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Improving your sleep quality
  • Strengthening your immune system
  • Increasing your energy levels
  • Boosting your cognitive function, including memory and concentration
  • Improving your mood and helping to balance it
  • Reducing your risk of obesity and associated health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory diseases
  • Helping you to maintain a healthy weight more easily
  • Losing weight could help to improve your mobility, flexibility, endurance, and overall fitness

Exactly how your nutritional goals will be achieved will be using a combination of diet and, in some cases, dietary supplements. Supplements are recommended where it will be difficult or impossible to consume the right amount of specific vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients through food alone. Your chiropractor will advise you if you would benefit from nutritional supplements and, if so, which ones will be appropriate.

Eating the right foods is only part of creating whole-body wellness through nutrition and chiropractic care. The other is avoiding the foods which could be detrimental to your health. You’ll be advised which food you should only consume in moderation, and which should be avoided altogether.

If you would like to find out more about nutrition counseling and how it works with chiropractic care to improve your overall health and wellness, please speak to our dedicated chiropractic team in North Charleston, SC today at 843-225-2550.