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 and advice.  

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.
3.  Alcoholism.
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.


Water Intake
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 disease.




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