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Dr. Galante Provides Nutritional Consultations for an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Although many of us are aware that a balanced and nutritious diet is vital to overall health, few people realize the direct role nutrition can play when applied to spinal health. Here’s how Dr. Galante integrates nutrition into Algonquin Chiropractic Center's healthcare approach.

Anti-Inflammatory Diets in Conjunction with Chiropractic Treatment

Here at Algonquin Chiropractic Center, nutrition is primarily used to supplement other treatment methods, rather than as a standalone treatment. Just as a good diet has to be paired with exercise to help you get in shape, nutrition needs to be paired with chiropractic care to help restore your musculoskeletal health.

Multiple dietary supplements on a tableDr. Galante mainly prescribes Metagenics supplements and anti-inflammatory diets in two types of situations:

  • When a patient has a musculoskeletal condition associated with inflammation, in combination with orthopaedic care
  • To supplement physical therapy, soft tissue healing, disc healing, and other inflammation-control treatments.

Many of the conditions which cause people to seek out chiropractic care inflict pain through inflammation. Reducing inflammation is the primary way that diet can help supplement chiropractic treatments. You can accomplish this through dietary changes which decrease the intake of foods with pro-inflammatory ingredients and increasing intake of foods with anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Man eating healthy and planning out his nutrition calendarHere are some foods you should stay away from as part of an anti-inflammatory diet:

  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Added sugars, such as those in sugary drinks and snacks
  • Fried foods
  • Grains, such as white bread, rice, and pasta
  • Highly-processed foods

On the other hand, some nutrients can change metabolic processes that cause inflammation. Here are some things to include in your diet to help reduce inflammation:

  • Fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.
  • Protein sources such as chicken, turkey, beef, and fish.
  • Essential fatty acids. These assist the body in making chemicals that help control inflammation. Foods that have EFAs include flax seed, oily fish, nuts, broccoli, spinach, and sunflower seeds.
  • Vitamins and minerals can possess anti-inflammatory properties and can be helpful to fill in the gaps that your current diet doesn't provide. Specific recommendations are made on an individual basis.
  • Antioxidants are organic compounds that stop free radical activity and are found in food such as bright colored vegetables. Antioxidants are also found in drinks such as green tea.

You shouldn’t expect immediate results, but these foods will help produce positive change when consumed consistently over a period of time alongside chiropractic treatment.