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

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Have you heard that saying? Manahawkin Chiropractic Center supposes that there’s a little truth in that for all of us - and especially our Manahawkin spines - as we age. When we are young, our bodies require our attention more than we gave. Our youthful bones and spines and bodies require good nutrition so that our older bones and spine and bodies are fit when we desire living our lives less painfully and more fully. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center shares what Manahawkin chiropractic patients can do now to deal with 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 drop osteoporosis risk later in life. A recent 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 influenced BMD in young adulthood. Calcium intake in adolescent males strongly negatively influenced BMD in the lumbar spine at young adulthood. Other leading factors were body weight at adolescence and young adulthood which positively influenced BMD. (1) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center can’t emphasize 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 people that results from youthful (in)attention. Low serum levels of vitamin D in osteoporotic women tend to have an increased chance of having any type 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 a day. Even more concerning is that teen girls’ daily consumption of calcium is way lower than what it should be. Boosting bone mass by just 5% cuts the risk of fracture by 40%. (3) Getting healthy bones hinges on 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) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center 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

Manahawkin Chiropractic Center 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 in different ways 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 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? Manahawkin Chiropractic Center thinks that many of our Manahawkin chiropractic patients wouldn’t have!

FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD

Luckily, some very perceptive 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 didn’t show a significant effect on BMDs, but daily fat intake did significantly. (6) A curious side note: It had been thought that bone mineral density could be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in young persons, but a recent study debunked that idea. (7) However, there is evidence in the medical literature that emphasizes the overall 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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Manahawkin Chiropractic Center shares research about benefit of fiber for nutrient absorption and osteoporosis prevention/bone mineral density enhancement. 
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