Billings Chiropractor Talks about Three Supplements You May Need

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need supplements.  Our diets, rich with whole foods, plenty of veggies, and hormone free meat would be all that we need to live a healthy and happy life.

But let’s move things into the 21st century.  We’re not spending our days hunting, fishing, tending gardens, and gathering wild berries anymore.  While it is possible to swing by the grocery store and buy nothing but fresh fruits and veggies and wild caught salmon, it’s not feasible for many people.

While a good diet isn’t hard, we’ve talked about how to eat healthy in the past and why it’s necessary, we still need to supplement with some vitamins to ensure happy joints, minds, and hearts.

Increase your Vitamin D for Joint Pain

Vitamin D, often thought of the vitamin that staves off the winter blues, does more than just perk up our mood.  In fact, it plays a huge role in how our bones, muscles, and immune system all work together.  While it’s true that our bodies can create a lot of this through sunlight, most of us are indoors all day long for our jobs.  The result is that 35% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient.  A supplement is a quick and easy way to get the nutrients we crave.

Help Cushion your Joints with Collagen

Our bodies naturally make collagen, and it’s found in animal proteins and fats.  But as we age, our bodies aren’t quite as efficient as before.  This protein is necessary to help build our bones, muscles, tendons, and other tissues, so when we’re not making enough; we develop joint pain.  Research is still in its infancy, but most studies are showing that topical applications for skincare don’t do much.  A gummy or capsule that’s ingested will help stimulate the body to produce more.

Better Mobility by Taking Omega-3s

You have probably heard of omega-3 fatty acids; they’re especially found in fish oils.  Good for our brains, hearts, even pain relief, you don’t have to eat fish (or take a fish oil supplement) to get at these essential fats.  Chia seeds, walnuts, and a variety of other nuts can supply what you need.  Although a fish oil supplement is a great way to get your omega-3s and not have to snack on nuts or fish.

Vitamin E for your Brain, Skin, and Heart

Do you know about free radicals?  These little buggers get loose in our bodies (usually after we inefficiently break down foods that weren’t good for us to begin with) and can damage cells leading to heart disease and cancer.  Vitamin E is helps to round them up.  The fat-soluble fiber wraps them up in a way that the body can then eliminate them from the system leading to a healthier heart, a clearer mind, and ultimately a more well-rounded physical body.

Side Note: Glucosamine Chondroitin

Anyone that suffers from arthritis has likely read about taking a glucosamine chondroitin supplement.  Glucosamine is supposed to help build or rebuild cartilage.  It’s usually combined with chondroitin which helps to protect those building blocks as they’re put in place.  While this supplement probably won’t hurt you, it might not have much of an effect as desired.  Studies have shown that they can help to prevent joint issues, but not reverse them; and many participants report they noticed no change when taking the supplement.

Get Adjusted by a Chiropractor in Billings

All the supplements won’t help you a bit, though, if your joints aren’t lined up just right to begin with.

There are a lot of people out there trying to reduce the pain with supplements, but need joints put back in place first in order to experience the full benefits of those supplements.

So, grab your Vitamins D and E, snag some Collagen, get that fish oil, and book an appointment with Dr. Shayne Durbin, a chiropractor in Billings.  You can call the office at 1-406-545-2128, or fill out the appointment request form on our website.

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