NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING

Introduction
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

Who hasn’t seen or heard that famous quote?
Nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and without it, you won’t have the energy to make it through the day. On a broader scale, without the proper nutrients, your health can decline thus making you more susceptible to disease and illnesses.

Many people can benefit from seeking nutritional counseling. Whether you need to overhaul your diet completely, lose weight, or are looking to manage a medical situation, learning more about how food choices affect your health can be informative and enjoyable.

The healing properties of food have been documented by cultures worldwide throughout history. The past decade, however, has presented an explosion of research showing that what you eat is directly related to your rate of recovery from an injury or illness, not to mention your overall health and longevity.

What Is Nutritional Counseling?
Nutritional counseling is an ongoing process in which a health professional makes an assessment and analyzes various health needs regarding diet and exercise. A nutritional counselor helps people set realistic health goals and teaches them various ways of maintaining these goals throughout their lifetime.

Nutritional counseling usually begins with assessing dietary habits and body weight. This assessment will provide the basis for identifying behaviors and dietary foods that need to be changed. The assessment includes information about your weight history, current and past medical history, family medical history, food allergies, likes, and dislikes. It also looks at your eating, sleeping and exercise habits.

It also involves setting goals, finding support, and maintaining healthy changes.

The goal of nutritional counseling is to help an individual make and maintain healthy dietary changes throughout a lifetime.

Benefits of Nutritional Counseling

Various benefits of nutritional counseling include:
• Faster recovery
• Better sleep quality
• Reduced inflammation
• Decrease in pain
• Stronger musculoskeletal system
• Less joint inflammation
• Less drastic range of emotions
• Increase in longevity
• Strengthened immunity system
• Less chance of disease
• Better ability to concentrate
• Less fatigue
• Weight loss
• Reduced blood pressure
• Fewer migraines and headaches

Conclusion
Nutritional counseling and chiropractic care can go hand-in-hand. It is important to pay attention to both aspects of your health, and ensure nutrition is not only a complement to your chiropractic care, but that it is working with it to bring about the best results possible.

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