FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION AT VAN FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTER

At Van Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center we understand the importance of having the right nutrition. Our chiropractors have extensive education in utilizing nutrition to optimize your health. It is our goal to provide each patient with an individualized plan to reclaim their health or keep it. Your plan is built around education, evaluation, communication, health optimization, and nutrition.

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EDUCATION

Van Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center believes each patient should know why we are asking them to make changes. We are in an age of internet searching, where you are desperately trying to figure out what you should do to be healthy. Unfortunately, you are left searching blogs and are not sure which information you should trust. We want to take the guess work out of your health.

Van Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center seeks to educate you throughout the entire process starting at the initial examination. We set aside time to make sure we are not rushing your health journey. We review your labs, diet, and supplements and answer any questions you have at that time. Follow-ups are crucial in learning and taking your health to the next level. We review an extensive amount of information, and it is during the follow-up that you bring questions and have them answered.

Many patients have been shocked at the amount of education they received. Too often you never hear the results of your labs or are told to do something without a reason you can understand.  It is very important to Van Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center that you understand your results as this is a marker used for your health.

NUTRITION

We know 80% of all chronic disease are related to diet and lifestyle

Van Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center believes the food we eat is an investment in our health. Understanding where our food comes from and the impact it has on our health is crucial.  Unfortunately when you talk about eating healthy people think about diets. Diet is a transient approach that is never intended to truly be a chance. Correct nutrition is not transient, but is intended to allow you to be healthy now and in the future.

Nutrition is broken down into macro and micronutrients. The macronutrients are carbohydrates, protein, and fat.  Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals. Our standard diet provides more than enough macronutrients, but is lacking in micronutrients. These micronutrients are vital in our health. If the right foods are not eaten, this can result in deficiencies which will manifest in your lab work and can lead to disease if not corrected.

There are many diseases associated with diet including cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, diabetes, and neurodegeneration.  Nutrition plays a role in many more things beyond these diseases.  It impacts our energy levels, immune function, and gut health.

EVALUATION

Our evaluation entails detailed consultations and testing in order to provide the best plan for each individual patient. Our approach is tailored to the individual. Van Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center takes time to understand what each patient is experiencing and ensures a customized approach; as opposed to the generic planning for all patients that is frequently offered. We want to ensure each patient is empowered, valued, respected, and educated by listening to them and educating them about the state of their health.  

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Bruce Ames who is a leading nutritionist and toxicologist, Professor at U. Cal. Berkeley, Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute, published over 350 scientific articles…responded to mainstream nutritionists who remain reticent to recommend multivitamins and state: “People should be encouraged to eat healthier diets, not pop pills.” Ames says: “Of course we should eat good diets, but that is no reason not to urge them to take multi-vitamins too.” And, later commented, “No matter how well you eat, take a multivitamin daily, it just may save your life.” (EMBO Rep. 2005; 6:520-24, J Nutr. 2004; 134(11):31645-31685, J Nutr. 2003; 133(5 Suppl 1):1544S-8S), Alternative Medicine. June 2005, p.76-81.)

Dr. Fletcher, PhD at Harvard stated: “Even people who eat five daily servings of fruits and vegetables may not get enough of certain vitamins and minerals for optimum health.” “Most people cannot get the healthiest levels of folate and vitamins D and E from current diets.” “The new evidence, much of it within the last couple of years, is that vitamins also prevent the usual disease we deal with every day- heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and birth defects.” (Kotulak, R. Association Flips: AMA supports daily vitamins. Charlotte Observer, June 26, 2002.).

Journal of the American Medical Association(2002): Researchers from Harvard state: “In the absence of specific predisposing conditions, a usual North American diet is sufficient to prevent overt vitamin deficiency diseases….However, insufficient vitamin intake is apparently a cause of chronic diseases…A large proportion of the general population is apparently at increased risk for this reason….Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone….We recommend that all adults take a multivitamin daily”.

Van Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center uses its comprehensive functional neurological and metabolic testing to determine what your body needs specifically. We do not use computer programs or generic protocols to help you supplement your body’s needs. Rather, we use specific results obtained from our testing to help your individual needs.

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