Nutritional Counseling

Nutritional Counseling with Chiropractic Care

Allied Physicians and Rehab of Southern Illinois can provide custom nutritional programs based on an in depth understanding of your individual needs.  Drs. Brian and Julie Bird can advise you on specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance your return to optimal health and help you achieve your health goals.

Several of the recommendations to look into include:
  1. WHEAT BELLY RESOURCES- For those doing Dr. William Davis’ program.  See the attachment for guidance in looking at Dr. Davis' (Wheat Belly) and Dr. Perlmutter's data
  1. Supplement Recommendations:
  1. GRAIN BRAIN RESOURCES- Find out from Dr. David Perlmutter (neurologist) how the digestive tract, nervous system and overall health are interrelated.
  2. Natural Multi Vitamin: Fruit/ Vegetable based which is a great supplement.  Options such as seen at Sam’s, Juice Plus and other brands are good sources.  If you are going grain free, pay attention to the ingredient list before purchasing (no rice, etc).
  3. OMEGA 3/6 Fatty Acids:  COOP- KEEP REFRIGERATED, NOT KRILL.  Best taken in liquid form but there are pill forms-DHA and EPA need to be in high concentration for Omega 3 and Barleans, Nordic Naturals, Ascenta NutraSea and Carlson brands are good sources.  Benefits include: Formation of healthy cell membranes, proper development and functioning of the brain and nervous system, proper thyroid and adrenal activity, hormone production, regulation of blood pressure, liver function, immune and reducing inflammatory responses(Omega 3 especially), regulation of blood clotting. The idea is to achieve a balance between omega-6 and omega-3 FAs, crucial for the transport and breakdown of cholesterol and support of healthy skin and hair. 
  4. VITAMIN D3 (CHOLECALCIFEROL) -OIL BASED VERSION. Take 4000-8000 IU per day in the morning as taking in afternoon/night may cause difficulty sleeping.  One of the most important supplements to take.
  1. MAGNESIUM:  The timing of magnesium is not important. BUT magnesium cannot be taken as a single dose, as the full 400-500 mg of elemental magnesium (malate is easiest absorption) taken all at once causes an osmotic diarrhea. So we break it into 2- or 3-doses to avoid the loose bowels.
  2. B COMPLEX (B 100): These vitamins are essential for the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose, which provides us energy, the breakdown of fats and proteins, which aids the normal functioning of the nervous system, muscle tone in the stomach and intestinal tract, and healthy skin, hair, and eyes.
  1. ZYFLAMEND/OTHER TURMERIC CONTAINING SUPPLEMENT: COOP- This is an herbal formulation which contains turmeric and other herbs such as holy basil, etc useful in helping reduce inflammation. 
  2. WOBENZYME-: DO NOT USE IF ON BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS.  This is made of enzymes which break down and clear away proteins that would otherwise prevent the body from healing itself.  It stimulates the immune system response against injury.
DIGESTIVE HEALTH: The microbiome: the microorganisms in a particular environment (including the body or a part of the body). "We depend on a vast army of microbes to stay alive: a microbiome that protects us against germs, breaks down food to release energy, and produces vitamins".  Research is showing how vital this is to our health, mental and physical.
  1. PROBIOTICS- COOP --BEST WHEN REFRIGERATED. Get at least a 30-50 billion count with at least 15-up to 34 strains (types of bacteria). The intestinal tract is cleaned by probiotics. They go under the layer of crud on the intestinal walls, attach themselves and dislodge the accumulated decay. Probiotics also produce many important enzymes and increase the availability of vitamins and nutrients, especially Vitamin B, Vitamin K, lactase, fatty acids and calcium, and strengthen the immune system.
  2. PREBIOTICS- Needed for good digestion. Normal bacteria in the digestive tract need these (DO NOT CONFUSE WITH PROBIOTICS). Whether you take your daily doses of prebiotic fibers as a smoothie, inulin/FOS/GOS powders in other foods, small servings of legumes, or other means, timing does not seem to matter.  Garden Of Life has a powder version of these at the COOP.
  3. ALOE VERA JUICE OR PILLS- JUICE IS BETTER. Over 200 worldwide scientific research papers have been published on the effects of Aloe vera. The three main categories of research include anti-inflammatory, anti- bacterial, and anti-viral actions of Aloe vera. The juice is said to soothe digestive tract irritations such as colitis, ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.
WEIGHT LOSS/TRACKING YOUR FOODS:  Looking at how many grams of fats, proteins and carbohydrates are in foods can assist your nutrition goals.
  1. My Fitness Pal App from UnderArmor- Online located at  It is also an App for cell phones which shows how many calories in macros(protein, carb, fat). It also has access to restaurant menus, bar codes for products and which allows you to keep track of what you eat, ingredients, etc.  Great free resource
  1. Self Nutrition Data- is an online source which you could also use.  Go to

For more information or to schedule a nutritional consult please contact our office at 618-529-5172 or fill out the form below and we will contact your as soon as possible.


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