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Benefits of a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

Most people associate going to the chiropractor in McMurray as something they do when experiencing issues with their back or spine. Did you know your chiropractor is also the best place to start when seeking information for lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise? In fact, when visiting your chiropractor for issues with your back, they often recommend lifestyle changes as part of the treatment plan for your back. These lifestyle changes often include changes in your diet and one of the most common diets recommended is a plant-based diet, which basically means eating minimally processed foods, limiting or avoiding animal products, and excluding refined sugars. This type of diet focuses on plants, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes. All of which are extremely beneficial for your health. Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect when focusing on a plant-based diet.

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Lower Blood Pressure

One of the most common reasons many people visit their chiropractor is pain related to stress. Unfortunately, when your stress is increased, it will also increase your blood pressure. Your chiropractor may recommend a plant-based diet to help lower your blood pressure. Many of the foods included in this type of diet are potassium rich foods, which help to lower your blood pressure. Whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and fruits contain high amounts of vitamin B6 and potassium, which help lower your blood pressure, unlike most all animal foods that contain little to no potassium and may raise your cholesterol and blood pressure.

Lower Cholesterol

Lowering your cholesterol is one of the primary benefits you’ll receive with a plant-based diet. Plants do not contain cholesterol, even fat-saturated plants, such as coconut, don’t contain cholesterol, so a plant-based diet is one of the easiest ways to lower your cholesterol. Eating foods such as fruits, whole grains, and vegetables will actually lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Weight Management

Visiting a chiropractor for back pain is common, and one of the most common reasons for back problems is being overweight, so your chiropractor may recommend a change in diet in order to help with weight loss, which ultimately may reduce or eliminate your back pain. Eating a plant-based diet means you are consuming foods that are low in fat and low in processed sugars, so you are likely to experience weight loss. Weight loss may naturally occur when you eat foods that contain more fiber, minerals, and vitamins than when eating foods that contain animal fats and proteins.

Among all the diets recommended, both past and present, a plant-based diet has been shown to be the most beneficial for a wide range of health issues, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and even chronic illnesses, such as cancer.

To learn more information about how your chiropractor can help you get started on a plant-based diet, contact Anderson Chiropractic in McMurray.

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