Can Vitamins and Minerals Help My Condition?
There can be no reasonable
doubt concerning the universal role that nutrition plays in the maintenance
of a positive state of
health and the prevention and treatment of disease. When proper diet
and nutrients are supplied to the tissues of the body,
they exert powerful influences on body metabolism. Your doctor of
chiropractic may suggest one or more specific nutritional
formulae for you, such as Vitamin C or Vitamin E, or any other nutritional
supplement he feels will be beneficial. None of these products are
harmful or potentially dangerous if taken as directed by your doctor.
Many people need to supplement their diet with vitamins and minerals
in tablet form because a large percentage of the population has an
unbalanced diet or needs supplementation due to special physical demands
placed upon them. For example: women require additional amounts of
calcium and vitamin D to prevent a negative calcium balance which
results in a loss of bone strength.
To quote the Select Committee on Nutritional and Human Needs, "In
the view of many doctors and nutritionists consulted by
the Select Committee, changes in diet amount to a wave of malnutrition
of both over and under consumption that may be as
profoundly damaging as the wide-spread contagious diseases the early
part of the century." Vitamins and minerals, unlike
drugs, are a necessary and vital part of the body and when taken properly,
greatly increase the body's resistance, promote
healing, improve joint motion, reduce infection, promote nerve function
and improve many other vital body processes;
therefore, current information concerning vitamins and minerals demonstrates
the need to be aware of the value of supplements in addition to good
dietary practices. Your doctor of chiropractic has had considerable
training in nutrition, because of the emphasis placed upon this subject
by most chiropractic institutions. If you have any questions about
your nutritional needs, consult your doctor for more specific information
Some Conditions Which Require Supplements
1. Women on oral contraceptives or estrogen-like compounds,
pregnant women and women who are breast feeding.
2. Drug therapy which may interfere with the absorption of nutrients;
i. e., antibiotics, diuretics, steroids.
4. Fad diets for obesity.
5. Cancer-including cancer therapies, i. e., radiation and chemotherapy.
6. Any major trauma or physical disease, i. e., severe burns.
7. Senior citizens whose dietary habits are inadequate.
8. Teenagers with poor dietary habits.
Most of us do not drink enough water.
Generally speaking, adults should drink at least six to eight glasses
of liquid daily;most of us can stand more. This may not apply in cases
of certain kinds of bladder and kidney difficulties.
The vital need for water is not recognized by most people, yet most
of the major systems of the body need water to function properly.
Skin, the covering of the body, loses water every day through perspiration.
The lungs require approximately two glasses of water each day to function
properly. The small intestines also need water to function properly;
and the lack of it can be a factor i faulty elimination. Your kidneys,
which are the most important organs in the body's elimination system,
utilize a large quantity of water daily to carry out wastes.
Many people use thirst as a criterion for determining the water intake;this
is not a good indicator. Water should be drunk at regular intervals, whether you have a desire
for it or not. It is well to drink a glass of cool, but not iced,
water when you get up in the morning. This should precede breakfast
by some 10-15minutes.
This will greatly aid in activating the intestinal tract, establishing
normal elimination, and preventing the accumulation of poisonous wastes.
The body is a complex and unique machine which needs water to function
properly. Attention to water intake is a small price to pay for the benefits received.
This is the necessary process
of disposal of the wastes which the body cannot use. These wastes
putrefy and decompose if retained in the body too long. The result
may be detrimental to health. Therefore, elimination must be both
prompt and regular.
Elimination is accomplished through four outlets: the skin, the lungs,
the kidneys and the bowels. If the suggestions in this booklet as
to exercise, fresh air, and water are followed, there will usually
be little difficulty with the elimination through the first three
outlets. Bowel elimination requires special attention. Daily
bowel elimination is important A person should try to establish a
habit of maintaining regular hours for this purpose.
Suggested times are just before retiring or right after breakfast,
though other regular schedules would serve as well.
Water and exercise are important to aiding bowel elimination, as is
a wise choice of foods.
A helpful suggestion toward maintaining a regularity of bowel elimination
is to eat natural "bran" or high fiber foods such as potatoes,peas,
beans, fresh fruits and vegetables. This high fiber diet has proven
extremely effective for many people by providing the intestinal tract
with bulk or roughage. A daily routine of adding several tablespoons
of natural bran to your cereal will greatly aid in maintaining and
promoting better bowel habits. Recent studies have shown that this
is very beneficial to those who have conditions such asdiverticular
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