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Richmond Back Pain Sufferers May Benefit from Fiber to Improve Nutrient Absorption

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Have you heard that saying? Johnson Chiropractic supposes that there’s a bit of truth in that for all of us - and especially our Richmond spines - as we age. When we’re young, our bodies require our attention more than we realize. Our youthful bones and spines and bodies need proper nutrition so that our older bones and spine and bodies are healthy when we want to live our lives less painfully and more fully. Johnson Chiropractic shares what Richmond chiropractic patients can do now to tackle bone mineral density (BMD) issues, no matter their current age.

BMD AND OSTEOPOROSIS: BUILD BMD WHILE YOUNG

Optimizing peak bone mass early in life may drop osteoporosis risk later in life. A new study stated that Vitamin D and calcium in females positively affected bone mineral density into young adulthood. Intakes of phosphorous and the calcium:phosphorous ratio at adolescence for females negatively affected BMD in young adulthood. Calcium intake in adolescent males strongly negatively affected BMD in the lumbar spine at young adulthood. Other leading factors were body weight at adolescence and young adulthood which positively influenced BMD. (1) Johnson Chiropractic cannot stress enough just how vital nutrition is for their future health. 

BENEFITS OF IMPROVED NUTRITION BEYOND BETTER BONE MINERAL DENSITY

Osteoporosis is a disease of older folks that results from youthful (in)attention. Low serum levels of vitamin D in osteoporotic women have a tendency to have an heightened chance of having any kind of cancer and breast cancer. (2) Calcium intake during the teen years of life is important to reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Teen girls absorb calcium better: 326mg in teenage girls versus just 73mg in older women of 1332 mg taken daily. Even more problematic is that teen girls’ daily consumption of calcium is way lower than what it should be. Boosting bone mass by just 5% reduces the risk of fracture by 40%. (3) Achieving healthy bones is subject to more than just calcium and vitamin D however. Deficiencies of vitamins B, C, E, and K as well as retinol disrupt the health of bone. (4) Johnson Chiropractic presents these findings to inspire us all to increase intake of nutrients to build bone mass early and support it later to keep it healthy.

IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS

Johnson Chiropractic knows that kids and their families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will be of value. TIP: Dietary fiber may boost the body’s absorption of calcium but does it differently for older men and women. Greater intake of dietary fiber and fruit fiber was protective against bone loss in men but not women. Fiber from vegetables was protective against spine bone loss in women but not men. Cereal fiber or nut and legume fiber increases did not associate with bone loss in either men or women. Higher dietary fiber may decrease bone loss in men. (5) Who would have imagined that fiber would have anything to do with bone mineral density? Johnson Chiropractic thinks that many of our Richmond chiropractic patients wouldn’t have!

FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD

Fortunately, some most alert doctors and researchers did observe that fiber intake was a protective factor of lumbar spine BMD in men 18-45 years of age but not in women. In men over 65 years, nutrient intake showed no effect on BMD. In women between 18 and 45, fiber did not show a significant effect on BMDs, but daily fat intake did significantly. (6) An interesting side note: A new study discredits the idea that BMD may be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in youth, but a recent study debunked that thought. (7) However, there is evidence in the medical literature that stresses the overall benefit of nutrition - and now fiber intake in men - on the health of the body, its bones and its spine.

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Johnson Chiropractic shares research about benefit of fiber for nutrient absorption and osteoporosis prevention/bone mineral density improvement. 
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