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Nutrition & Wellness
We strongly believe in a comprehensive approach to treatment. We evaluate the patient’s medical condition and risk factors for spine problems.
Wellness Lifestyle : We believe that the patient’s active participation with treatment protocol produces long-lasting results. We review all conditions as well as risk factors. We address many issues; such as smoking cessation, overweight problems, ergonomic changes, and exercise that can fit into any lifestyle or schedule. We feel that implementing these changes will improve the chances of long-lasting results so the patient can enjoy a normal active life.
Common Conditions we manage :
- Weight maintenance
- Programs for high performance athletes
We Address risk factors which include :
- Smoking as it a factor for Atherosclerosis
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Lifetime exercise program
Vitamin D is present in the spinal cord, nerve root, dorsal root ganglia and glial cell. It affects detoxification pathways. It defends against cell injury caused via free radicals. Vitamin D down regulates inflammatory cytokine. It down regulates inflammatory chemo kinase released by Glialcells. It up regulates glialcell derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF). It down regulates tumornecrosis factor and interleukin. It affects the muscle growth and proliferation of type 1 and type 2 muscle fibers.
Vitamin D Intake
The recommended amounts of vitamin D for adults are as follows :
- For people over 50 (and postmenopausal women): 400-800 i.u. of vitamin D per day. For people over 65 or 70, at least 600 i.u. is usually recommended.
- For people 25-50 years old (and premenopausal women): 400 i.u. of vitamin D per day.
Correcting a vitamin D deficiency has several components :
- Eating a diet rich in vitamin D. This is more challenging than calcium as vitamin D is found naturally in only a few foods, like fatty fish (e.g., salmon), liver and cod liver oil, and egg yolks. However, vitamin D fortified foods, such as many types of milk, cereal, bread, and orange juice, are widely available.
- Exposing the body, primarily the face, hands and arms, to sunshine. With direct exposure to sunlight, vitamin D is manufactured in the skin. Ten to fifteen minutes of sunshine two to three times per week will satisfy the body’s need for vitamin D. However, as people age they are less able to make vitamin D through the skin. Additionally, sunscreen reduces the body’s ability to absorb sunlight needed to manufacture vitamin D.
- As necessary, taking a vitamin D supplement. Calcium supplements and multivitamins also can contain vitamin D, so patients are advised to read all labels carefully, and if necessary, to discuss intake with their physician or pharmacist. Since excessive doses of vitamin D can be harmful, patients are advised to talk with their doctor about the right intake for their particular situation. The Institute of Medicine recommends no more than 2,000 i.u. per day.