From the desk of Dr. Drew Deppen...
A patient of mine who recently completed his first Ironman Triathlon – way to go bro! – decided to turn more towards running. He wants to get a bit faster at the marathon and (I think) qualify for Boston. Many people here are wanting to do the same, especially after the tragic 2013 race.
So anyways – he asked me if there were any ‘ essential dietary musts’ as far as supplements go for regeneration of cartilage and recovery.
MY short answer – fish oil.
You can even take some branched chain amino acids, or some glutamate immediately after a really intense training session. There’s nothing wrong with it, and it might help you recover a little better. But I also don’t think it’s much different than eating a piece of chicken.
So long as you are eating a balanced diet, you should be getting most essentials there. Fish oil – or omega-3 oil is the exception. And even with recent news about the 1 bad study that gained traction, it’s still on my list of daily supplements. There’s really just too much evidence to support it’s use.
It brings me to another point in general – the consumption of fats for the endurance athlete. Often endurance athletes go after carbs and more carbs. I happen to do this also by the way. But we ideally want to be burning fat when we exercise. And sometimes that means we have to actually eat fat in order to burn it. We can talk more about that another time . . .
Fear not the butter on your steak!
Drew Deppen, D.C. Licensed Chiropractor
As your Boston Back Bay Chiropractor, Dr. Deppen takes pride in the diversity of his practice. He has worked with a wide variety of patients from Olympic medalists to the everyday active person, Dr. Deppen’s Boston practice uses the most current evidence-based treatment protocols. He has a deep interest in Rehabilitation strategies, Vojta Therapy or Dynamic Neuromusclar Stabilization, McKenzie Method Protocol, Active Release Technique, Strength and Conditioning, and Applied Kinesiology. Dr. Deppen is also the only Chiropractor in Boston Back Bay with McKenzie certification credentials. Additionally, Dr. Deppen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a USA Track and Field Certified Coach. Research has proven that both chiropractic manipulation and exercise are the gold standard for spine pain. Dr. Deppen's combination of Chiropractic, McKenzie Method, and Strength Coach experience is a powerful combination for patients.
Dr. Deppen grew up in Chicago, Illinois. As a young athlete, Dr. Deppen was fortunate enough to work with a local chiropractor for many years while in high school. From there, Drew went to Eckerd College, graduating with Honors with a degree in Biology and Chemisty. While at Eckerd, Dr. Deppen played volleyball and captained the team under Coach Dexter Rodgers, a former silver medalist.
Dr. Deppen then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated magna cum laude. Palmer is the oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school in the world. While at Palmer, Dr. Deppen developed a love for endurance sports: running, cycling, and triathlons. Since then, Dr. Deppen has completed multiple Ironman events, and every distance from a 10K through 100-mile road races.
As a way to couple Dr. Deppen’s love of running and desire to help out in the community, he started coaching and working with a local high school while in Chicago. He had the pleasure to coach high school athletes in both Cross Country and Track and Field for three years and in this time frame, helped coach and develop three NCAA Division I and four NCAA Division III athletes, as well as six Illinois All-State athletes.
During this same time, Dr. Deppen also worked with many beginner and amateur runners, both high school age and adults looking to participate in road running. Often times, Dr. Deppen’s patients have asked him to help them learn how to run or train for a marathon. Some of Dr. Deppen's most memorable moments from running lie in this arena: helping others find the love and joy of running and chiropractic to change their lives.
Dr. Deppen truly values the integrative approach offered at OMBE Integrative Health Center. He has seen how multiple disciplines together can create a unique approach to health and overall wellness. He looks forward to answering any questions you may have for him about chiropractic in a complimentary consult.
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