Let Food be Thy Medicine and Medicine be Thy Food

Greetings!

Thanks for visiting the Karma Chiropractic blog. We've been emitting the internet version of radio silence for quite some time now but we are proud to be up and running in the blogosphere! 
Dr. Mike has been kept busy treating adhesions and recently he took on an Office Manager, Maggie Whalen, who is helping him grow and expand his business! This means you should be seeing a lot more in the way of blogs, outreach and hopefully more efficient communication moving forward.
For this first post we wanted to share some information with you that we recently put out in our August newsletter. We hope you enjoy and check back often for more tips for optimal health!

Food as Medicine

Hippocrates, the Greek physician often referred to as the “Father of Western Medicine”, understood that through proper nutrition we can give our bodies the tools they need to heal and regenerate themselves. While much of modern medicine is reactive - that is, it responds to problems once they’ve already arisen - a diet filled with healthful vibrant foods can act as a preventative measure, reducing the instance of disease and injury and the likelihood that you’ll end up in the doctor’s office.

While the chiropractic modality focuses primarily on the musculoskeletal system, our bodies are composed of many interacting systems. Too often patients are healing as fast as they could be, due likely in part to a lack of proper nutrients. Taking a multivitamin is all well and good, but truly the best source of vitamins and minerals are whole fruits and vegetables straight from the Earth. Below are two simple and effective ways you can use whole foods to boost your health!

 “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
- Hippocrates

Flax and Kefir Colon Cleanse

One of the simplest and most effective ways to support proper digestion and elimination is through a simple colon cleanse. 

Don’t worry - this cleanse involves no scary colonics or juice fasting and can be done over the course of a few weeks using just kefir and flaxseeds. 

Kefir - a fermented, yogurt-like dairy product, is a powerful probiotic that supports a healthy gut biome, and flax is an excellent source of dietary fiber, B vitamins and other key nutrients. 
This cleanse is great for anyone, but especially those who consume a lot of meat and dairy products as these foods contribute to a buildup of mucus and toxins that your colon is better off without! Here is a link to an excellent source for raw kefir for those living in the New York City area. 

Beet Power

Another wonderful medicinal food is the humble beet. Whether ingested raw, in juice form or via powdered beetroot, beets support the function of the liver which is responsible for filtering toxins, carcinogens, and waste from the bloodstream. Rich in folate, iron and pectin, beets help your liver with some of the heavy lifting of filtering 3 pints of blood per minute

This is especially important for those of you who are partial to happy hour, as excessive alcohol consumption (and the requisite ibuprofen for the morning after) can put a real strain on the liver and cause damage over time. Click the link above for a recipe for making beetroot powder at home, or purchase a pre-made powder here.

That's it for this blog post - stay tuned for more tips for optimal health from Karma Chiropractic!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Mike