Nutrition and Spinal Cord Injury
There are many health concerns associated with a spinal cord injury. While the most obvious concerns relate to mobility and day to day activities, nutrition is exceptionally important for those who have suffered a spinal cord injury. Developing a well-balanced nutritional diet is important in adapting to the injured person’s level of activity. This type of diet can help support a healthy digestive system, support the immune system, help maintain a healthy body weight, and support bowel health.
Unfortunately, the above goals cannot be achieved simply by eating healthy foods. Nutritional experts recommend that supplements be used in order to support these nutritional goals of those with spinal cord injuries. Among the supplements recommended for those who with spinal cord injury are:
• Sugar with cranberry extract
• Vitamin D3
• Fish oils
• Digestive enzymes
• Vegetarian based protein power
• Advance B Complex
Nutritional experts also typically recommend ongoing nutrition counselling to monitor and ensure that the nutritional goals are being met.
While supplements and nutritional counselling are yet another expense for those with a spinal cord injury, they are vital for the continued health of a person with a spinal cord injury.
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