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

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ever heard that? Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic supposes that there is a little truth in that for all of us - and particularly our Eugene spines - as we age. When we are 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 in good shape when we desire living our lives less painfully and more fully. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic shares what Eugene chiropractic patients can do now to address bone mineral density (BMD) issues, regardless of their current age.

BMD AND OSTEOPOROSIS: BUILD BMD WHILE YOUNG

Elevating peak bone mass early in life may reduce osteoporosis risk later in life. A new report 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 influenced BMD in young adulthood. Calcium intake in adolescent males strongly negatively influenced BMD in the lumbar spine at young adulthood. Other influential factors were body weight at adolescence and young adulthood which positively affected BMD. (1) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic cannot stress enough just how vital nutrition is for their future well-being. 

BENEFITS OF IMPROVED NUTRITION BEYOND BETTER BONE MINERAL DENSITY

Osteoporosis is a disease of older folks that stems from youthful (in)attention. Low serum levels of vitamin D in osteoporotic women tend to have an increased chance of having any kind of cancer and breast cancer. (2) Calcium intake during the teen years of life is vital to reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Teen girls absorb calcium more effectively: 326mg in teenage girls versus just 73mg in older women of 1332 mg taken daily. Even more concerning is that teen girls’ daily intake of calcium is far below what it should be. Boosting bone mass by only 5% cuts the risk of fracture by 40%. (3) Attaining 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 bone’s health. (4) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic shares these statistics to encourage us all to boost intake of nutrients to build bone mass initially and support it later to keep it healthy.

IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS

Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic knows that kids and their families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will pay off. TIP: Dietary fiber may boost the body’s absorption of calcium but does it differently for older men and women. Higher 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 improvements didn’t associate with bone loss in either men or women. Higher dietary fiber may reduce bone loss in men. (5) Who would have thought that fiber would have anything to do with bone mineral density? Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic supposes that many of our Eugene chiropractic patients would not have!

FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD

Luckily, some most observant doctors and researchers did observe that fiber intake was a protective factor of lumbar spine BMD in men aged 18 and 45 years of age but not in women. In men over 65 years, nutrient intake indicated no effect on BMD. In women between 18 and 45, fiber did not show a significant effect on BMDs, but daily fat intake significantly enhanced BMD. (6) A curious side note: A new study refutes the thought that BMD may be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in youth, but a new study debunked that thought. (7) However, medical literature points out that the general value of nutrition - and now fiber intake in men - on the well-being of the body, its bones and its spine.

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