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

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Have you heard that saying? Soft Health and Healing Clinic supposes that there’s a bit of truth in that for all of us - and particularly our Brooks spines - as we age. When we’re young, our bodies need8 our attention more than we gave. Our young bones and spines and bodies require proper nutrition so that our older bones and spine and bodies are fit when we want to live our lives less painfully and more fully. Soft Health and Healing Clinic shares what Brooks chiropractic patients can do now to tackle bone mineral density (BMD) issues, regardless of their current age.

BMD AND OSTEOPOROSIS: BUILD BMD WHILE YOUNG

Optimizing 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 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic can’t emphasize 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 people that stems 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 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 concerning is that teen girls’ daily consumption of calcium is way below what it should be. Increasing bone mass by only 5% reduces 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 compromise bone’s health. (4) Soft Health and Healing Clinic presents these findings to encourage us all to increase intake of nutrients to build bone mass initially and support it later to keep it healthy.

IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS

Soft Health and Healing Clinic understands that kids and their families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will pay off. TIP: Dietary fiber may raise 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 improvements did not relate to bone loss in either men or women. Higher dietary fiber may decrease bone loss in men. (5) Who would have thought that fiber would have anything to do with bone mineral density? Soft Health and Healing Clinic supposes that many of our Brooks chiropractic patients wouldn’t have!

FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD

Luckily, some most alert doctors and researchers did notice that fiber intake was a protective factor of lumbar spine BMD in men 18-45 years of old but not in women. In men over 65 years, nutrient intake indicated no effect on BMD. In women between 18 and 45, fiber didn’t produce a significant effect on BMDs, but daily fat intake significantly enhanced BMD. (6) An interesting side note: It had been thought that bone mineral density could be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in young persons, but a new study discredited 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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Soft Health and Healing Clinic shares research about benefit of fiber for nutrient absorption and osteoporosis prevention/bone mineral density enhancement. 
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