Automobile accidents typically cause people a lot of emotional & physical stress. In my 18 years of chiropractic practice, I have found that when people focus on 4 areas of health, they are able to substantially reduce the stress of the auto accident. Today, I would like to focus on one area: Nutrition.
It is always important to fuel your body with proper food because the healthier you fuel your body, the better it will work for you. You do not give your car lemonade – correct? This is especially true after an automobile accident – when joints and muscles become sore and when a person has to handle the emotional stress of dealing with all the details of fixing the car, getting a rental vehicle, dealing with the insurance company, etc…. Focusing on better nutrition will enable the body to better adapt to both the physical and emotional stress of the accident.
The following are some nutritional guidelines:
1. Increase your water intake – remember that coffee is not water, soda is not water. just drink water. The rule is to take your body weight, divide by 1/2 and that is the amount of ounces of water you should be drinking per day. Aim for that goal even if you cannot reach it. Drining water is crucial to flush toxins out of your system and keep your muscles and joints hydrated. Avoid dehydrating fluids like soft drinks, coffee, ice tea, alcohol, etc….
2. Increase your protein intake – try to eat more protein – fish, chicken, lean meat, nuts, beans, milk, yogurt are some examples.
3. Decrease sugars, breads, and processed foods.
4. Increase fresh fruits and veggies.
5. Take supplements – a good multi vitamin is a start. Omegas are important for healing. If you have joint problems – glucosamine/chondroitin, MSM is a good supplement to take. Just make sure to speak with your primary physician before beginning any regimin to make sure that it does not interact with any medications you are taking.
6. Try to eat 5-6 little meals per day instead of 3 large meals. When a person is under a lot of stress, the digestive system does not work as well. Eating smaller meals will help the body digest better.
Taking these steps is one way to help your body resist stress while optimizing your health.