“I have always been passionate about my patients’ complete wellness, including their nutrition. When it comes to proper nutrition education is the answer. I host monthly workshops on the topic and am always educating my patients on better nutrition.”
- Dr. Alena Kalamaris
Food is meant to nourish the body and provide the nutrients we need to thrive. It is the choices we make each day that either contribute to or diminish our health and well-being.
Access Chiropractic Center in Schaumburg provides some things to consider when making food choices:
Proteins are considered the building blocks of the body. They contain amino acids which are catalysts for muscle growth, repair, and recovery. Proteins also help improve immune function, produce important enzymes, and optimize hormone levels.
DC Pro Tip: Choose the highest quality, most humanely treated, grass-fed, hormone-free and USDA organic sources. Examples include grass-fed beef or bison, pasture raised organic eggs, chicken, and turkey, undenatured grass-fed whey protein (see Isagenix), wild fish, BPA-Free canned fish.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables carry a full spectrum of important nutrients and many times contain high fiber which promotes gut health, slows glycemic effect and assists in detoxification.
DC Pro Tip: Wash well, choose organic-especially when eating the skin of fruits and veggies, shop local as it will carry more nutrients, and avoid canned versions of fruits/veggies-low nutrients and added preservatives, eat a combination of fibrous veggies and leafy/cruciferous vegetables throughout the day.
Carbohydrates can spare the use of protein as an energy source. They help promote healthy brain and nervous system function and break down into glucose. Glucose is used for energy or stored in the liver or muscles as glycogen or if those stores are full then can be stored as fat. Glycogen stores are essential for athletic performance as they serve as the energy reservoir when blood glucose levels are decreased due to high intensity exercise or inadequate carbohydrate intake.
DC Pro Tip: Today’s wheat is very different to the wheat of yesterday. In order to create sustainable crops, our agricultural practices have created what I like to call a ‘super gluten’ in most of our typical wheat products. It is for this reason that I am an advocate sprouted grain brain. What’s more, I recommend choosing from sources such as quinoa, brown rice, yams, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, beans and lentils, and gluten-free oats.
Healthy fats are extremely important for intestinal absorption of fat soluble vitamins, heart health, and energy production. Fats can help aid in satiety and promote healthy looking skin, hair, and nails. Optimization of hormones also happens when ingesting healthy fats.
DC Pro Tip: Great examples include: Organic coconut oil, chia seeds, raw nuts, seeds and nut butters, raw coconut, olive oil, avocado, whole eggs and salmon (protein source but also offers some fats that are good for the brain), macadamia, flax, fish and avocado oil.
Our soil today does not provide the same nourishment as it did in the days of our ancestors. Therefore, it is important for us to supplement our eating with proper enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and pro/prebiotics. In order to maintain a healthy weight and optimal body composition we must take in an appropriate caloric balance as well so to avoid overeating just to satisfy nutrient requirements, supplementation is essential.
DC Pro Tip: Not all supplements are created equal. Because supplements are not regulated by the FDA, there are many sub-par products on the market today. I have taken time to thoroughly research the supplements I offer my patients in my office. To learn more, please visit our Supplements Page to learn how to supplement your nutrition and optimize your health with superfoods!
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