THE BASIC ESSENTIALS TO LIVING
Our bodies require a minimum of three things to survive: nutients, oxygen and the ability to eliminate waste. These are the bare essentials associated with survivial.
Today's diets are depleted of vitamins, minerals, essentials fatty acids and other nutrients due to the quality of the modern food supply and our busy lifestyles. Combining healthy diet and dietary supplements typically is the best approach to achieving the nutrients our bodies need.
Modern lifestyles typically involve juggling work, family and other activities. This leaves little time devoted to quality food choices and meals, leading instead to selections based on convenience. These options tend to be higher in fat, refiined carbohydrates and sodium, and usually involve extensive processing. Additionally, higher amounts of these types of foods are associated with marginal micronutrient intake and low serum concentrations of vitiamin A, E, C, B12, folate and carotenoids.
Because of this, combining a healthy diet and dietary supplements is usually the best approach to achieving optimal health. That's why we have opened our Get Healthy Store. Here's our recommendations for both.
The Longevity Diet Plan, developed by Dr. Valter Longo, has been designed after studying the five pillars of longevity and we at Gallagher Chiropractic believe in it and the healthy results you'll achieve by following it. By following four eating guidelines, you can develop an extremely healthy diet that will help you live longer and healthier.
Eating healthier can become an obsession...the trick to embracing anything new is by making, simple changes and this is the cornerstone of the longevity diet plan and the steps to implementing it into your life in 30 days.
For those that struggle with changing their dies, this is what we suggest: follow one new healthy eating guideline every week for four weeks, and within 30 days, you'll overhaul your diet and begin eating healthy without all the drama of a typical diet. The goal is to help you boost your healthy eating habits and curtail your bad eating habits one at a time.
Each week,you’ll make one substitution to your diet, and learn to remember the dos and don'ts.
Week 1: Hold the Cheese and the Milk and Double the Veggies
Week 2: Go Nuts and Drop the Meat
Week 3: Withdraw from White Foods and Go Fishing
Week 4: Get Rid of Chemicals and Fall in Love with Fruit
The Results: You’ll eat better, feel better and – although not designed as a weight loss plan – if you have a few pounds to shed, you'll see it does that too. Think WHOLE FOODS, and I don't mean the grocery store, but the type of foods you select. You won't have to think about complex food rules and make difficult decisions, just the four week guidelines above and Whole Foods. The Longevity Diet is simple. Once you get the hang of the changes, you’ll be able to easily increase your health through the foods you eat.
If you're thinking that you can't go that extreme, then consider the Whole 30 diet. It's not designed for Longevity and Healthy Aging as is the Longevitiy Diet, but it does have the basics of providing the nutrients that the body needsand will trim your wasteline when needed.
Because it's difficult to ALWAYS follow a healthy diet that provides all of the nutrients the body needs, and because each of our health needs are as unique as we are ourselves, supplementing our diet to ensure we receive the nutrients the body needs not only to survive, but to thrive is necessary. Choose high quality hypoallergenic nutritional supplements that are free from the following:
~ coatings and shellacs
~ unnecessary binders, fillers and preservatives
~ artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners
~ trans fats and hydogenated oils
~ wheat and gluten
~ magnesium sterate
Most of these ingredients can diminish the bioavailability or health promoting potential of the nutrients.
Because our supplements are pharmaceutical grade and are only available through practitioners, we do require you to create an account at our Get Healthy Store, to browse our products and pricing. Creating an account does not obiligate you to purchase.
Using supplements in cooperation with a wellness plan and with the guidance of a qualified practitioner or nutritionalist can give get you started quickly to a healthier you. Call us at (704) 542-6500 or contact us today to set an appointment to begin your journey to healthier future.
Eliminating waste and dead defective cells
Autophagy is the method in which your body cleans out damaged cells, and helps you regenerate newer, healthier cells.
Over time, our cells accumulate a variety of dead structures, damaged proteins, and oxidized particles that clog the body’s inner workings. This accelerates aging, brings on dementia, and increases the risk of cancer, as well as other age-related diseases. Because many of our cells, like those in the brain, need to last a lifetime, the body developed a unique way to get rid of the faulty parts and replace them with new ones.
Autophagy usually continues quietly behind the scenes in maintenance mode. It kicks into high gear during times of stress, as a way to protect the body, particularly when it goes into life saving mode, such as in times of famine or drastic disease. When you activate autophagy, you slow down the aging process, reduce inflammation, and boost your body’s natural ability to function. To help your body resist disease and boost longevity, you can increase your autophagy response naturally.
For example, following the Longevity Diet, get plenty of sleep, and practice intermittent fasting, and you will kick start the autoghagy process.
A more drastic way is to fast. Fasting will throw your body into a life saving state and stem cell counts will skyrocket as your body begins to eliminate defective unhealthy cells and replace them will younger better functioning cells. Fast for 5 days and you will be amazed at how much good occurs to your body. But who wants to fast for five days? In fact, we don't recommend it without being under a doctor's supervision, and have found alternative ways to kick start autoghagy.
Fasting Mimicking Diet
A Fasting Mimicking Diet™, or FMD, is made from healthy, natural ingredients that you will eat for five days. Your body, however, does not recognize that it is being fed. This causes the body to enter a fasting mode so you can get all of the benefits of fasting, while eating. Pretty nifty don't you think?
Scientifically developed and clinically tested, this nutritional breakthrough was invented at the University of Southern California. Led by Dr. Valter Longo, the USC Longevity Institute brings together multidisciplinary aging research in order to enhance human healthspan. A FMD should only be followed under the guidance of a health care professional.
Fasting Mimicking Diets® promote and maintain healthy levels of:
- C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation
- Insulin-like growth factor 1, is a pro-aging factor which increases as a response to protein rich diet, and has shown in humans to increase cancer risk
- Stem cells and regenerative markers
- Fasting glucose
People who have followed a FMD as developed by L-Nutra have also reported the following:
- Weight Loss
- Decreased Abdominal Fat
- Preservation of Lean Body Mass
- Improved Energy Levels
- Softer, Healthier Skin
Using the FMD as a way to promote autophagy, and eliminate toxins is a healthy way to slow the aging process, with the side effects of weight loss.
Combining a Longevity Diet with Prolonged Fasting as available with a FMD, is Gallagher Chiropractic and Wellness's recommended diet for healthy aging.
A Healthy Gut
Dr. Gallagher's wife, Tammy, has Crohn's Disease and is all too familiar with the power of a healthy gut. Your GI tract is responsible for absorbing and assimilating the nutrients from the food we eat and supplements we take, without absorbing the toxins. Candidly that's a really tough job, and most of us over 50 have challenges getting this accomplished.
This results in less nutrients being absorbed and therefore a lack of nutrition to the cells throughout the body, as well as toxins being absorbed instead of eliminted. The autoghagy process as explained above significantly helps with this toxin elimination. However, a healthy gut that can absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins can be accomplished.
This is What Megasporbiotic Can Do For You
~ Aid in digestion
~ Improves regularity
~ Help control bacterial overgrowth
~ Detoxify the intestinal tract
~ Reduce inflammation & pain
~ Assist in the reduction of cholesterol
Additionally, the right probiotic can produce key nutrients such as antioxidants, B-vitamins, Vitamin K2, Nattokinase, and CoQ10 and provide immune modulation for the prevention and treatment of infections, allergies and asthma. Just so much good can come out of taking care of your gut. The two most important health care components are your spine and your gut! Take care of your nervous system and ensure an assimilation of nutrients and elimination of waste, and you achieve the basics of longevity.
Weight Loss Programs
If weight loss is a primary goal, and you need to take drastic action, we have a solution for you!
As a doctor of chiropractic, I obviously see many patients suffering with back pain. It is my philosophy not only to try to relieve the patient but to rehabilitate them so that they become stronger then before thus preventing future exacerbations of their condition. There can be many factors that lead to the problem (posture, trauma/accidents, work ergonomics, etc.) but many times a see someone that is overweight and not in good physical shape. This may not be the entire cause of the problem but it is usually a contributing factor. Suggesting good nutritional supplements and weight loss measures fit right in with what I do. It is my responsibility as a doctor to give the patient all the tools they need not only to get better but get to their optimum level of health.
This is why a Chiropractor is interested in providing weight loss advice and programs his patients. As a chiropractic, I address the structural level whereas a proper diet addresses the chemical level. Together we make great advances in the patients overall health.
A weight loss program developed for your specific needs to help you get to a healthy size and weight is essential to your long term health and longevity. We embrace three basic weight loss strategies, along with chiropractic, proper nutritional supplements, and an exercise program not only as the way to become healthy but the way to remain that way. They help me, my family and my patients enjoy life to the fullest. Please don't hesitate to contact me for a weightloss appointment. We are here to help!
Dr. Gallagher and his staff have been helping people get healthier for over 20 years. At Gallagher Chiropractic and Wellness, we have a unique philosophy and approach, customizing each treatment to the specific needs of the individual patient. Call us at (704) 542-6500 or contact us today to set an appointment to begin your journey to greater health…naturally.
Gallagher Chiropractic and Wellness is located at 7810 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy #101, Charlotte, NC 28277.
Gallagher Chiropractic and Wellness Services
The services we offer to treat the majority of conditions are as follows:
- Chiropractic Care
- Photobiomodulation - Low Level Light Therapy
- Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy
- Acupuncture and Dry Needling
- Rapid Release Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Nutrition and Healthy Aging