How Does Nutrition Affect Your Body? - Olathe Chiropractic

How Does Nutrition Affect Your Body?

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If you eat fruits and veggies sometimes, you may think your nutrition is find. However, poor nutrition is not only defined as not getting enough nutrients, but also by poor eating habits such as over-eating, under-eating or eating large amounts of processed or sugary foods. These habits lead to countless chronic conditions such as high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and more. Let us show you what you need and if you are at risk for nutrition problems!


What Nutrition Does Your Body Need?

Digestion works in a specific way, as does weight gain, problems from nutritional deficiencies and more. Your body produces cells based on the nutrition you feed it. When nutrition is good, cell repair, circulation, digestion, organ function and literally everything in your body can work smoothly. Unfortunately, the modern American diet is made up of sugary and processed foods that are high in substances that will harm you instead of help you. This is a big reason why so many people have health problems that turn into chronic conditions and diseases.


You need 6 essential nutrients every day to keep your body healthy. Choosing foods high in vitamins and minerals will help you stay healthy. You need a diet rich in Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K and iron, plus minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium and more. Vitamins and minerals help build up the cells in your body to help them function normally and they help prevent chronic illnesses and diseases.


You also need plenty of protein, carbohydrates, fat (yes, you need fat in your diet) and water to have good health. Carbs, proteins and fats provide you your energy throughout your day and water helps keep muscles, tissues healthy, as your body is mostly made up of water. Not drinking enough water will cause problems with circulation, wound healing, constipation, dehydration, mood problems and more. The 6 essential nutrients we mentioned are specifically vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fat and water.


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Problems with Nutritional Deficiencies

Did you know that everyday symptoms such as headaches, migraines, fatigue, irritability and mental fog can all be traced back to your nutrition? If you have these issues on a daily basis, improving that nutrition can definitely help. That’s because the body needs specific key nutrients to run correctly. If you don’t get even one key nutrient, your health may take a nose-dive or you may be saddled with a chronic ailment with no apparent cause such as:

  • Aches and pains with no apparent cause
  • Obesity and excess weight gain/inability to lose weight
  • Daily heartburn
  • Dizziness, headaches, migraines and brain fog
  • Fluctuating blood sugar levels
  • Constipation or recurring diarrhea
  • Ongoing fatigue
  • Weaker immune system/being sick more often

If you continue to not get good nutrition, these issues can intensify. Over time, your body will have a breakdown of cells, organs or body processes that can lead to health issues you can’t get rid of. For example, you have a much higher risk for diabetes if you eat a diet that leads to to obesity. That’s because your cells will become resistant to insulin, or the hormone process that takes sugar from your blood. Eating healthy and staying fit can help you avoid this condition and can help you have the nutrition you need so insulin resistance doesn’t happen. That is one of countless problems that can be prevented with good nutrition, even though genetics does play a role.


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Nutritional Assessments Can Help

Nutrition can be a tricky arena to navigate. What foods are good for you? What foods should you avoid? We have many patients that have questions such as these, which is why we have nutritional assessments and counseling. We can test your body and your blood to find what nutrients you lack and what we need to add to your diet. We can assess your nutrition, fat deposits and your weight goals and structure a nutrition plan centered around those goals and your specific health needs. Getting help with your nutrition is one of the best ways to achieve health and wellness. Being healthier doesn’t have to be hard, and we can help make it easier on you.


Some tips to get started before you come in include:

  • Start a diary of the foods you eat on a daily basis. This can give a clue of how you are eating, if you may have problems with your weight or health because of it and how to change your diet.
  • Increase your water. You should aim for drinking about half your body weight in ounces every day to keep all your muscles, tissues, and organs healthy. Good hydration aids in cell production, improved circulation and energy, better digestion and many more benefits.
  • Get enough sleep. You can eat well and still experience illness and health issues if you don’t let your body rest. At rest, it can use your good nutrition to repair the body and keep your mind healthy.
  • Cut out the sugar. Sugar can kill a diet quickly and is proven to lead to chronic health problems. If you cut out the sodas and high-sugar foods or significantly limit them. You will notice a difference in your health very quickly.


Get Healthier with Help

Getting healthier can be hard to do if you go at it alone. It’s why it’s so hard for many people to stick to a diet on their own. It’s hard to be schooled in every little thing about your body or nutrition, which is why you want to have a professional help you reach your health and fitness goals. Getting healthier through your nutrition is a great goal to set before the new year starts. Let us help you with your goals to boot out the chronic ailments, health problems, or weight issues you have! Call Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 732-0087!

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