If you’ve been thinking about changing up your diet, but are wondering how beneficial the current hot diets may be we will be discussing pros and cons from five of the more popular diet plans currently out there. The key is to find a plan that includes a healthy balance of nutrients, carbohydrates, protein, fat, and fluids. With any diet the right foods can mean the difference between having the energy needed to make it through your day and crashing early.
All five of the following popular eating approaches can provide the health and performance benefits you need – as long as you’re willing to follow (and possibly bend) some rules and make a few tough sacrifices. Here’s what you need to know.
This plant-based diet nixes all animal products, including meat and dairy – even honey, whey, and gelatin. Research shows that filling up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds can fend off chronic disease, lower blood pressure, and increase longevity. And there’s evidence that diets based on these foods, which are typically high in antioxidants, can reduce injury and speed recovery. But you miss out on key nutrients like protein, iron, and vitamin B12, which are critical for athletes.
Chiropractic is at its most powerful when coupled with exercise and nutrition. Chiropractic adjusting helps to turn on our postural stabilizer muscles, multifidus and rotatores, as well as normalizing muscle firing around the joints.
The longer one has had back or neck pain the longer the muscles have not been working the way they are supposed to and become weakened and deconditioned. It is important to re-strengthen the body to maximize your results from chiropractic and reduce the likelihood of relapses of aches and pain. When we look at strengthening the muscles of the low and mid-back one of the top beginner exercises is the bird-dog exercise, we have handouts of this at the office free of charge. Another great way to start is with wobble board or bosu ball balancing. An intermediate exercise is doing a side-plank, plank, side-plank regimen.
In the course of working out remember the importance of proper hydration. In rare cases, too much water can thwart progress, leaving your body more like a fresh water pond (sweat is salty, isn't it). While we are approximately 65% water, it is a salty water. That's where electrolytes play a role. Gatorade is junk despite its glitzy commercials, too much sugar. Start drinking water before you exercise to help prevent dehydration.
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