Last week, we introduced the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) and how that controls our digestive system and metabolic health from a neurological standpoint. Getting Chiropractic adjustments is the foundational step to ensuring your Nervous system works without any obstructions. Once the power from our brain reaches every cell, tissue, and organ, and they start working better, we must provide the proper nutrients. Two critical nutrients must be included in our diets to optimize our digestive health: Omega-3 fatty acids and Probiotics.
As you may know, Omega-3s are vital to creating nerve and brain tissue, blood vessels, and overall health. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids for the body that help with our inflammatory response and immune function, lessen pain, and improve communication from our brain to our body. They also comprise the cellular walls of our gut, nerve vessels, and blood vessels.
Diet is critical to improving our body’s communication and overall health. Making sure you ingest the proper nutrients for your body can help you live the best life possible. You’ve probably heard of Omega-6s. These are fatty acids like Omega-3s, but instead of being anti-inflammatory- they are pro-inflammatory. Certain foods like seed oils or sugary grains contain Omega-6s. These foods are okay in moderation, but it’s a good habit to refrain from eating foods high in Omega-6s.
In the hunter-gatherer days, humans ate a 1:1 ratio of Omega-3s to Omega-6s. Despite our history, the modern diet has unfortunately changed to a ratio of about 1:20. It is true that foods like walnuts, flaxseed, and fish (salt-water fish only) contain Omega-3s. But as you can see from our modern-day ratio of about 1:20, it is nearly impossible to get our needed Omega-3 daily intake with food alone. This is why supplements are a perfect option in addition to chiropractic adjustments for keeping the body healthy.
However, not all Omega-3 supplements are created equal. In order to perform at maximum potential, the Omega 3 supplements need to have two types of acids- EPA( Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA(Docosahexaenoic Acids). The target ratio of each looks like 18:12, just like what you will find in the Omega-3 supplements we carry here in the practice. We offer Protocol for Life Balance Ultra Omega-3 Fish Oil soft gels and Vital Nutrients Ultra Pure Fish Oil 1400. Whichever form of our Omega-3 supplements you choose, know that you are making exceptional choices to improve your health.
Another essential supplement that is vital to our health is probiotics.
Bacteria are everywhere in our bodies. Most people think they need to eliminate all bacteria in their systems. Still, good bacteria do exist and are necessary. One way we can keep them is by including probiotics in our diets. Probiotics help improve our digestive health. Good digestive health is essential for a robust immune system, heart health, brain health, mood regulation, sleep, and other like-minded benefits. The biggest offenders to gut health are alcohol, processed food, sugar, dairy, grains, herbicides/pesticides, and medication. Anti means “against,” and biotics means “living or once living components of a community” or “bacteria.” Still, we have the reverse probiotic- pro meaning “in favor of.” For example, antibiotics kill good bacteria in our digestive tract.
Probiotics are found in fermented foods such as kimchi, fermented pickles, sauerkraut, kombucha, and certain yogurts. However, just like with Omega-3s, we are unlikely to get enough through food alone. This is why we recommend our Proflora-4R spore-based probiotic. Being spore-based helps to protect the probiotics from stomach acid and allows them to reach the right places in our digestive tract. In fact, other probiotics typically have only a 5-6% rate of making it through your stomach acid and into your lower intestines, while our Proflora-4R has been shown to survive over 95% of the time! That’s a big difference. Our Proflora-4R contains Marshmallow root, aloe vera gel, quercetin (an excellent antioxidant for your body), and 3 billion spore cells!
At Platinum Chiropractic, we want not just to give you exceptional chiropractic adjustments and Neuro-structural Corrective care. We want you to achieve your highest health potential to live your best life full of health, joy, and abundance. Doing so means making health decisions to optimize your “master system,” we can help by offering supplements that meet your health needs. Try a sample and pick up your supplements at your visit this week.