Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • November 2017
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Overall health picture

In my practice I have both chiropractic patients as well as nutrition/functional medicine patients. Often times with my nutritional/functional medicine patients we do specific lab testing to determine levels of certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients. If patients are not interested in getting a full nutritional work-up we often recommend the following nutrients to help provide a better picture of their overall health.

1. Vitamin D. As we live in a northern climate where the sun doesn’t shine consistently, adequate levels of vitamin D are important. We get vitamin D from the sun, which is absorbed through our skin. Vitamin D is helpful in reducing our aches and pains and helps boost our immune system. It also helps reduce anxiety and depression. One local lab uses the range of 30-100 to measure this important vitamin with the sweet spot being 60-80 in nutrition circles. We can get 15 to 20,000 IU in 20 minutes of sunshine without sunscreen. Populations north of Atlanta, Georgia frequently suffer from vitamin D deficiency. With the increased use of sunscreen, we block this important vitamin and therefore supplementation can be quite important. Nursing mothers are also encouraged to supplement with vitamin D for their infant.

2. Magnesium. Magnesium is an important mineral and is involved in over 300 biochemical processes in the body. It can be effective as an anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxer and can promote better sleep. It is found in green leafy vegetables, but unfortunately most Americans do not consume enough leafy greens. There are different forms of magnesium to consider. If one suffers from constipation, magnesium citrate can be of benefit. Otherwise magnesium glycinate or magnesium lactate is a good form if constipation is not an issue. Traditionally 200 - 400 mg in divided doses can be effective. Magnesium can also aid in the reduction of migraine headaches but the dose is typically higher. There are several forms, including a liquid form for patients who do not like to swallow tablets. Coffee drinkers are often deficient in this mineral as it can be depleted with increased consumption. The best test to evaluate adequate levels of magnesium is a red blood cell magnesium blood test. I also like this mineral for my athlete patients. People who experience muscle cramps might also notice some relief with this wonderful mineral. Epsom salts also contain magnesium. One to two cups per bath with a drop or two of an essential oil like lavendar can make for a better night’s sleep.

3. Probiotics. There has been increasing interest in probiotics for improved gut health. There are over 100 trillion bacteria in the gut — some good and some bad. There are many brands on the market. I prefer the refrigerated probiotics and suggest products in the billions. I will often rotate various types with my patients. If a patient doesn’t do well on a probiotic they may suffer from small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), which I discussed in a previous article. A stool analysis can also give a snapshot of the microbiome to evaluate both diversity and abundance of bacteria.

4. Fish oil. Fish oil has many benefits and has an anti-inflammatory effect. It is important to get good fats in the diet and supplementation with various fish oils can be of benefit. A recommended dose is 1-3 grams a day. I also like to rotate fish oils every couple months. Fish oil is important for brain health and is also an anti-inflammatory for joint health.

If you are not feeling as good as you would like, you may be inflamed or have certain vitamin or nutritional deficiencies. We are happy to help you evaluate your nutritional needs. 

Dr. Amy Nussbaum Schubbe

Dr. Amy Nussbaum Schubbe is a board-certified chiropractor who has been helping families achieve better health for 25 years. She is certified in functional medicine, nutritional counseling and is a certified gluten practitioner. She is on the Fox Valley Celiac Board and counsels newly diagnosed Celiac and gluten sensitive patients. She also has additional training from the Hashimoto Institute.Her office is located at Nussbaum Chiropractic, 873 N. Casaloma Drive in Appleton. Call 920-734-2400 to get started on a better path to health!

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