One of the major keys to good health is proper nutrition. Our bodies need all sorts of minerals, vitamins and more to build cell structures and ensure that cells function the way they’re supposed to.
Ideally these vitamins and minerals are available through the foods you eat. But for many people, dietary supplements go a long way in making sure their bodies are getting the nutrients they need.
Since we here at ProAdjuster Chiropractic Clinic focus much of our attention on the spinal system, in this post we’ll look at three recommended supplements for good spine health.
Quality multivitamin/multi-mineral supplements
For any supplement regimen, you always want to start with a rock-solid multivitamin/multi-mineral. These supplements “cover the bases” to make sure you’re getting the recommended doses of vital nutrients such as iron, zinc, beta-carotene, vitamin A, the B-vitamins and more.
How can you tell if the multivitamin you’re taking is high quality? Stop taking it. If it’s an ineffective multivitamin, you probably won’t feel a difference at all.
But in the case of high-quality supplements, you’ll notice the difference within 2 to 3 days. You may feel more sluggish, might wake up feeling less than refreshed, may not respond to stress as well, and may even have digestion problems. If you can feel the difference, you’ll know for sure that your multivitamin/multi-mineral is contributing to your health.
The price range for a quality multivitamin is around $25 to $35. Products offered for less than that are probably not effective. Several types of multivitamins are available at our office, and Dr. Maggio will also be glad to discuss other local carriers of recommended supplements.
Calcium supplements with magnesium
Among its other benefits, calcium is vital to bone health. It helps the body maintain healthy bone density, making bones more resistant to breaks and fractures. Too little calcium over time can contribute to osteoporosis.
Generally speaking, you should get 1200 mg of calcium a day. Most multivitamins contain about 250mg of calcium, so you may need to take extra to compensate. Just be sure to compare the labels (and do the math) so you can make sure you’re getting the right amount.
Calcium supplements often come with magnesium to help the body better absorb the mineral.
Glucosamine helps maintain the cartilage between each joint and thus glucosamine supplements are good for preventing problems in the knees, fingers, elbows, and more. And keeping these joints healthy reduces issues that could lead to osteoarthritis.
In terms of spine health, glucosamine helps maintain healthy intervertebral discs, which are at risk of deteriorating over time.
Studies of the positive effects of glucosamine supplements don’t agree on the best dosage amount. Consult your health professional for a recommendation of how much glucosamine you should take.
Of course, if you have more questions on recommended supplements for your spine or for good health in general, Dr. Maggio has an extensive understanding of the subject. Be sure to ask him any questions you may have at your next appointment.
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Vitamin Supplementation and Chiropractic Care
Another thing you can do on your own at home to enhance your chiropractic care is to make sure you are taking good quality vitamins. First look at your supplementation. You want to make sure you have at least 100% of all the recommended daily allowances of all the major vitamins and minerals. Getting a good quality product is very important. We only carry the best products here in our office, however there are other places you can go and get really good products. For further questions or comments please feel free to ask me on your next appointment.
Multivitamins and Multi minerals are very affective at helping your body stay healthy. Most people do not have diets that are well balanced. Even if a person does have a well-balanced diet the foods that they are eating generally are low quality foods. Most foods that are bought at the grocery stores are extremely vitamin deficient, unless you are consuming organic foods on a daily basis your body will need extra vitamin supplements.
Multivitamins and multi minerals is a great place to start, most people also need extra calcium and sometimes magnesium. Research is showing that every human being on the planet needs extra vitamin D. Glucosamine is another product that helps joints stabilize. As you can see it is very confusing on what vitamins to take. You should speak to a specialist. Medical Doctors are well trained on how to get people out of crisis mode but are not well trained on how to keep them healthy. Chiropractors have a unique approach that embraces a wellness lifestyle. Therefore Chiropractors generally have the most training out of any health care professional on healthy things to do to stay well. Consult your Chiropractor about what vitamins and minerals you should take.
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